House System

The principle objective of the House System is:

‘To promote competition and healthy rivalry among students in all the activities of the school, curricular and extra-curricular, and also to foster such qualities of loyalty and leadership.’

The House System is designed to add an element of fun, community spirit and competition to school life at St Thomas More Language College. By encouraging participation in a wide range of events it brings the school community closer together and helps to create a supportive learning environment. It also encourages everyone to recognise and value their own and other students' strengths.

The concept of a reward system that uses points is framed around not simply positive recognition for acceptable behaviour and giving immediate feedback to the student, but also centres on:

  • improving self-esteem
  • motivation and engagement
  • contribution to the group
  • reinforcement of boundaries to target student and others within the teaching environment
  • positive recognition
  • choice and responsibility

House points are giving for a variety of reasons such attendance, punctuality, homework, effort, volunteering, citizenship, etc. Throughout the year a number of inter-house competitions take place allowing for more opportunities for gaining house points.

At the end of the year Sports Day takes place at Battersea Park, where all the houses compete in a number of different activities to win the Sports Day Shield.

All these are added up and the winning house is awarded the House Cup and named House Champion!



St Thomas More Houses


Each of the Houses at St Thomas More is named after a Catholic Saint, each having sacrificed their lives for their faith during the Tudor Period, along with St Thomas More who lends his named to our school.


Loyalty and Faith

St Edmund Campion

Saint Edmund Campion (24 January 1540 – 1 December 1581) was an English Roman Catholic martyr and Jesuit priest. While conducting an underground ministry in officially Protestant England, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Campion was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. His feast is celebrated on 1 December.

Campion’s House colour is yellow.



Kindness and Generosity

St John Fisher

John Fisher(1469– 22 June 1535) was an EnglishRoman Catholicscholastic, cardinal, and martyr. He shares his feast daywith Thomas Moreon 22 June in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints. Fisher was executed by order of Henry VIII of Englandduring the English Reformationfor refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of Englandand for upholding the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine of papal primacy.

Fisher’s House colour is blue.




Courage and Strength

St Philip Howard

One of the Forty Martyrsof England and Wales. Philip was the earl of Arundel and Surrey and, although a Catholic, led a religiously apathetic lifeuntil his personal conversion, after which he was a zealous Catholicin the midst of Elizabethan England. Arrested by authorities, he was placed in the Tower of London in 1585 and condemned to death in 1589. The sentencewas never carried out, and Philip languished in the Tower until his death at the age of thirty eight. Beatified in 1929, he was included among the English martyrs canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

Howard’s House colour is green.


Sincerity and Justice

St Cuthbert Mayne


An English martyr, born near Branstaple, in Devonshire, as a Protestant. He converted to Catholicism at St. John’s, Oxford. Cuthbertwas ordained at Douai, France, and sent home to England about 1575. Working in Cornwall, he was captured after a year. Condemned for celebrating a Mass, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered on November 25. Cuthbertwas a friend of Edmund Campion, and he was aided by Francis Tregian in Cornwall. He was the first Englishman trained for the priesthoodat Douaiand was the protomartyr of English seminaries. Cuthbertwas canonized by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Mayne’s House colour is red.



Valour and Vigilance 

St Ralph Sherwin

Saint Ralph Sherwin(1550 – 1 December 1581) was an English Roman Catholic martyrand saint. He was born at Rodsley, Derbyshire, and was educated at Eton College. A talented classicalscholar, Sherwin graduated Master of Artson 2 July 1574, and the following year converted to Roman Catholicismand fled abroad to the English College at Douai, where he was ordained a priest by the Bishop of Cambraion 23 March 1577. Ralph Sherwin was the first member of the English College in Rome to be martyred. He was beatifiedon 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII. Blessed Ralph Sherwin was canonizedon 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VIas one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Waleswith a common feast dayof 25 October. His individual feast day is celebrated on 1 December, the day of his martyrdom.

Sherwin’s House colour is purple.