Our House System

The development of a strong culture is a vital part of our schools. We believe that pupils need to be provided with opportunities to develop as young people, to gain a sense of community, and to experience and share success with others. One way in which we provide such opportunities is through our House System. 

Here at Jane Auten College, we are extremely proud of the House System we have created and the values that are attached.. It embodies all that we stand for and is the vehicle in which our culture is lived through each day. It encourages pupil development through access to a wide range of experiences and motivates students to work together to share ideas, allowing them to learn from each other. 

Each of our Houses has a House Leader and every pupil and staff member is expected to be part of a House. Each school within the Inspiration Trust has a House System and as part of the wider trust, we are delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity to participate in numerous exciting inter-trust events and competitions, all of which promote and inspire teamwork, while creating a unique sense of belonging to something bigger than one's self. 

When students join Jane Austen College, they are allocated a House; Bronte, Ishiguro, Julian or Shakespeare.

The House system promotes unity and encourages a healthy attitude to competition through varied school events including art competitions and sporting events. Students are awarded House Points across all their activities at school. Students also gain House Points throughout their school day for: Taking Responsibility, Being Kind, and Working Hard.



21 April 1816 - 31 March 1855

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, most known for her novel, Jane Eyre. Brontë wrote her first known poem at the age of 13 in 1829, and would go on to write more than 200 poems in the course of her life.

“Your will shall decide your destiny.”

–Charlotte Brontë




8th November 1954 - Present

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist, screenwriter, musician, and short-story writer. He is one of the most critically-acclaimed and praised contemporary fiction authors writing in English, being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. His first two novels, A Pale View of Hills and An Artist of the Floating World, were noted for their explorations of Japanese identity and their mournful tone.

“If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.”

–Sir Kazuo Ishiguro



1343 - After 1416

Julian of Norwich was an English mystic and anchoress of the Middle Ages. Her writings, now known as Revelations of Divine Love, are the earliest surviving English language works by a woman, although it is possible that some anonymous works may have had female authors. They are also the only surviving English language works by an anchoress.

“Cheerful givers do not count the cost of what they give. Their hearts are set on pleasing and cheering the person to whom the gift is given.”

–Julian of Norwich




23 April 1564 - 23rd April 1616

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays,154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

–William Shakespeare