Congratulations to our year 7 student Archie Parker who amazed audiences at Rugby Theatre this Easter holiday with his outstanding performances as James in James and the Giant Peach.
All students are placed into one of four houses: Gabor, Macaulay, Merry or Whittle .
The aim of the house system is to create the best possible ethos for students’ personal and social development and for the achievement of their potential in all aspects of college life. This is achieved through encouraging all students to take part in house activities and to give a sense of belonging and participation, whilst at the same time helping others less fortunate than themselves.
Gabor House is named after Dennis Gabor, born 5 June 1900 in Budapest, Hungary and the inventor of the holography. A brilliant physicist and mathematician he fled Nazi Germany in 1933 in order to settle in England to work for the British Thomson Houston Company. He was later awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1971 for his work in holography and died in London in 1979.
So what is the link with Rugby? Those of you with a knowledge of the history of Rugby may recognise the British Thomson Houston Company was based in the town and this is where his work with holography came to fruition. Gabor embodies all of the core values of Bilton School, proud, positive, confident and a belief in pushing the boundaries of what is possible through hard work and perserverance.
Macaulay House is named after Rose Macaulay DBE, 1st August 1881 – 30th October 1958. She was born in Rugby and was an English writer, most noted for her award-winning novel The Towers of Trebizond. Educated at Oxford High School for Girls and read Modern History at Somerville College at Oxford University. During WW1 Rose Macaulay worked in the British Propaganda Department, after some time as a nurse and later as a civil servant in the War Office.
Staff and students in Macaulay House are renowned for their togetherness and their support for each other and this is evident on events such as Citizenship days and sports days where students work together from all year groups. Recent successes as Sports Day champions 2016 have reinforced this team spirit further. Students within Macaulay House will be the first to acknowledge that they are positive about their future, confident in their potential and are proud to represent the House and Bilton School.
Merry House is named after Katharine Merry, born 21 September 1974 in Dunchurch. Katharine is a former English female sprinter who has now become an excellent sports’ commentator. A member of the Birchfield Harriers athletics club, Katherine Merry won a bronze medal in the 400m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was the fastest woman in the World over 400m in 2001. She also represented Great Britain at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 1999 World Championships in Athletics.
Katherine Merry was a former Bilton School student and recently opened our 2.5 million pound Sports Centre. Katherine embodies all of the core values of Bilton School, proud, positive, confident and a belief in nurturing and developing potential.
Whittle House is named after Sir Frank Whittle who was born 1st June 1907. Sir Frank Whittle was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. From an early age, Whittle demonstrated an aptitude for engineering and an interest in flying. At first he was turned down by the RAF but, determined to join the Royal Air Force, he overcame his physical limitations and was accepted and sent to No. 2 School of Technical Training to join No 1 Squadron of Cranwell Aircraft Apprentices. He was taught the theory of aircraft engines and gained practical experience in the engineering workshops. His academic and practical abilities as an Aircraft Apprentice earned him a place on the officer training course at Cranwell. He excelled in his studies and became an accomplished pilot. While writing his thesis there he formulated the fundamental concepts that led to the creation of the turbojet engine, taking out a patent on his design in 1930. In 1948, Whittle retired from the RAF and received a knighthood.
Sir Frank Whittle embodies our culture of resilience and determination; that despite multiple setbacks anyone can achieve their goals when applying commitment, grit and determination. We believe in all of our students and are confident they can all achieve their full potential.
As part of Stowe Valley's Global Virtues week we are running a great competition. If you would like to be part of this all you need to do is send in a picture that you have taken highlighting solidarity, love and hope.
Be imaginative this World Book Day and create your own protagonist or antagonist!