At Parrs Wood, we are incredibly proud of our identity within the local community as a truly diverse school and our house system reflects this. When students join us in Year 7, their tutor group is assigned to one of our houses: Rashford, Pankhurst or Turing. We feel these three Manchester trailblazers are the perfect house captains to inspire our leaders of the future.
Alan Turing attended the University of Manchester and was a mathematician, logician and cryptographer who was responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. However, he is perhaps most famous for his work in developing the first modern computers. He was also an Olympic level runner and an important figure in the LGBT community. In our eyes, Alan Turing personifies our core value of creativity and those staff and students in Turing house wear their badge each day with pride.
Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Moss Side in 1858 and founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903, which would become the foundation of the Suffragette movement. As a result of her involvement in the Suffragette movement, she was arrested many times and was sent to prison. The efforts of the Suffragette movement were rewarded in 1918 when a law was passed which allowed married women over the age of 30 the right to vote. This was followed by the Equal Franchise Act of 1928, which gave all women from the age of 21, the right to vote. Finally, women had equal rights with men. Emmeline Pankhurst is the embodiment of our core value of achievement and those staff and students in Pankhurst house wear their badge each day with pride.
The House system is designed to encourage students to participate in a wide variety of House activities ranging from competitions in lessons to faculty-led projects and Sports Day. Pupils are able to earn points for themselves and their House. Points are counted each half term and shared with students in assemblies. The winning House at the end of the year wins the coveted House trophy and students within that house are entered into a draw to win an exclusive prize!