The House System

The House system is one of the most traditional aspects of William Hulme's Grammar School. Every new pupil is allocated to a House on their arrival at school. Siblings are always in the same House, even though they may be years apart in age group. Pupils value their membership of a House and are proud to compete for their House, both on the sports field and in the academic world. The loud cheer which goes up when the winner is announced of the hotly contested House Challenge at the end of the year is testimony to the great spirit of friendly competition between the four Houses.

The original House system operated for more than 100 years until changes were made in 2002. The original houses were Whitworth, Gaskell, Byrom, Fraser, Heywood and Dalton. These were replaced by Hulme, Jones, Bonnick and Roberts, all named after benefactors of the School.  However, in 2016, a decision was made to revert back to four of the original houses in order to restore tradition and a reconnection to the Manchester area, with the houses being named after influential Mancunians.

The students have ownership of the House system with the Sixth Form Deputy Heads of School being the House Leaders. Underneath the House Leaders, in each year group, are a female and male House Captain. Their role is to organise their year group for House Competitions.

Bryom House CrestJohn Byrom

Byrom (formerly Hulme)


Named after John Byrom (1692-1763) who was a poet and the inventor of shorthand. Byrom was born on 29 February 1692, at the Wellington Inn, the oldest surviving building in Manchester (next to the cathedral). He is famous for the invention of the characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, who have been used by other authors like Lewis Carroll, to describe two comical characters who look and act in identical ways. Byrom wrote hymns such as ‘Christians Awake; Salute the Happy Morn’ and the religious verse ‘My Spirit Longeth for Thee’.

Byrom Leadership Team

Britney Nhumaio
Head of School

Adil Jawaid
Deputy Head of School 
Tanaka Taderera
Secondary Phase
Head of School
Fatima Qassim
Secondary Phase
Deputy Head of School
Senior Prefects
Saira Iqbal
Fajar Kayani
Waleed Khan Zaman
Nadeni Pereira
Year 11 Prefects
Ahmed Rehman
Ellen Eaton

Dalton House CrestJohn Dalton

Dalton (formerly Bonnick)


Named after John Dalton (1766-1844) who was a chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. Dalton started his career as a teacher at ‘New College’ in Manchester and is most famous today for his atomic theory and his study of colour-blindness. Dalton was also pioneer meteorologist. His fascination with weather and the atmosphere led to his research into the nature of gases, which in turn became the foundation on which he built his atomic theory. He has a street named after him in the centre of Manchester.

Dalton Leadership Team

Zaid Haque
Head of School

Mohammad Tayub
Deputy Head of School 
Hira Ashraf
Secondary Phase
Head of School
Elizabeth Bada
Secondary Phase
Deputy Head of School
Senior Prefects
Subaat Rathur
Emaad Yasin
Mariam Al-Faraj
Rabiah Chaudry
Iyanla Downer Rose
Namra Durrani
Noor Ghalandari
Year 11 Prefects
Grace Griffiths-Smith
Haaris Rathore
Lexie Pert
Anacarla Jeffery

Gaskell House CrestElizabeth Gaskell

Gaskell (formerly Jones)


Named after Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) who was an author, famous for writing about life in Manchester. Gaskell’s best known works are ‘Cranford’, ‘North and South’, ‘Mary Barton’ and a biography of the author Charlotte Brontë. Her greatest books were written in reaction to the industrialisation of Manchester, where she lived for much of her life. “I had always felt a deep sympathy with the care-worn men, who looked as if doomed to struggle through their lives in strange alternations between work and want”.

Gaskell Leadership Team

Raheema Majid
Head of School

Hafsah Nazir
Deputy Head of School 
Olivia Barton
Secondary Phase
Head of School
Ruby Mynett
Secondary Phase
Deputy Head of School
Senior Prefects
Sagal Ali
Tumelo Marobani
Mourvarid Evand-Assadi
Mariajacky Mirembe
Year 11 Prefects
Neha Biju
Liya Shazad
Imaan Shafi
Chidinma Dike
Faheem Ul-Haque
Mimi Leighton

Heywood House CrestJohn Dalton

Heywood (formerly Roberts)


Named after Oliver Heywood (1825-92) who was a banker and philanthropist who gave much of his wealth to charity. It was said of Oliver Heywood that “he took the deepest interest in all that made for the social, intellectual, material and moral welfare” of Manchester. After his death, it was remarked that he had donated to an enormous amount of wealth to many good causes. As well as donating money, he served on the governing bodies of numerous charities. The statue of Heywood, created by Albert Bruce Joy, was erected in Albert Square in 1894.

Heywood Leadership Team

Ayana Superville Blackford
Head of School

Zoha Soni
Deputy Head of School 
Sara Kathrada
Secondary Phase
Head of School
Palvasha Khan
Secondary Phase
Deputy Head of School
Senior Prefects
Saad Qureshi
Amehra Azam
Haroon Dawar
Year 11 Prefects
Swafiya Haji-Nur
Iqra Haroon
Rabia Butt
Nathaniel Shields
Farah Gamote

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