THS House System

The House System is a major pastoral and extra-curricular side of school which develops students’ social, emotional, team-working and organisation (amongst other) skills. Students in KS3 have been allocated a house Stoodley, Vale, Gaddings, Bridestones or Calder. These names have been chosen to reflect, and celebrate, our beautiful surroundings in the Calder Valley. All staff have also been allocated a house, in order to support and encourage our students and build a team environment. Students receive a badge to proudly wear on their blazer and show which house they belong to.

The House system aims to reflect the ethos and core values of the school; Ambition, respect, care and honesty.  we will try to develop this by fostering a sense of community, awareness of each other and a sense of being part of a team and belonging. A sense of belonging is a fundamental element of having good mental health and wellbeing.  All of which is huge on the governmental agenda.

We show respect through fair play and sporting behaviour; we are graceful in defeat and magnanimous in victory. We support others and take pride in their efforts.  We demonstrate CARE BY THE WAY WE INTERACT WITH AND TREAT OTHERS WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT AND EMPATHY. When we are honest, we build strength of character that will allow us to be of great service and allow us to have self-respect.

The aim – is to hold various House events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example House events could include; various sporting activities, Masterchef, drama/arts, extra-curricular clubs, homework and enterprise events (STEM) (raising money for several charities). The rewards system is based on the core values of the school as well as academic achievement.

  • All students have the opportunity to earn House points as they are all invited and encouraged to take part in all events, and everything from their classwork effort to their musical prowess and sporting ability can contribute to the scores. Separate from the House system, students are rewarded for their classwork through the award of commendations and P4T’s. Referring to the above point, we will introduce charitable events supporting various communities, linking with a school abroad, fostering an awareness of local, regional, national and world wide communities (Pen pals – this could be linked with the English dept.).
  • With the introduction of “I am Day”, students will be able to earn points by achieving goals set during that day – linked to SPACE day. The year 7 challenge day will bring their first opportunity to gain some house points.

House pages


Gaddings Dam is an 1833 earth embankment dam located on top of the moors between Todmorden and Walsden. Constructed to supply water to the mills of Lumbutts, the reservoir fell into disuse when the mills began to use steam power.

Slated to be drained in 2001 due to its poor condition, the reservoir was rescued by a determined group of locals who bought the dam, repaired it, and now continue to maintain it to the standards required by the regulations.

There is no road access to Gaddings Dam, it can only be reached by a steep hike on a rough footpath to the top of the moors. The nearest vehicle access point is the Shepherd’s Rest pub on Lumbutts road. Parking is very limited, there is room for only about a dozen cars.


Stoodley Pike is a 1,300-foot hill in the south Pennines, noted for the 121 feet Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors of the upper Calder Valley and the market town of Todmorden. The Monument is located near the villages of Mankinholes and Lumbutts, West Yorkshire, England


Centre Vale Park is located less than half-a-mile from Todmorden Town Centre. Famous for hosting popular regional outdoor events, like:

  • the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships; and
  • the Todmorden Agricultural Show;

Centre Vale Park offers a unique outdoor environment, close to an urban centre.


Close to the Long Causeway and just east of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, are the Bridestones, outcrops of millstone grit rocks and boulders which are ½ a mile long. Amongst these rocky outcrops are a number of odd-shaped formations that have been caused by weather-related erosion over thousands, if not millions of years. One huge boulder in particular, known as ‘The Great Bridestone’ is fantastically shaped at its base, looking like an up-turned bottle, as if it might topple over at any moment.

There are a number of myths and legends associated with The Bridestones, many of these going back to the mists of time. More recently, perhaps, there are a number of local traditions that have become connected to the place and its many, strange-shaped rocks and boulders.


The River Calder is in West Yorkshire, in Northern England. The Calder rises on the eastern slopes of the Pennines and flows through green countryside, former woollen-mill villages, and large and small towns before joining the River Aire near Castleford. The river’s valley is generally known as the Calder Valley.