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, as 2020 has been a momentous year of change in many ways, we felt that our House names no longer reflected our vibrant and diverse school culture and, with that in mind, we made the decision to change the names. Our House Leaders were asked to research potential candidates who were more relevant to our lives today, not that they had to be contemporary, but had to reflect the qualities and values that we aspire to. The whole school community, from Primary to Sixth Form, voted and the new names for our Houses are Johnson, Pankhurst, Turing and Bell.

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.

Len Johnson

Johnson (formerly Byrom and Hulme)


Named after Len Johnson, Boxer and Civil Rights Activist.

Len Johnson was a dual heritage professional boxer of the 1920s and 1930s, denied the opportunity to fight for Great Britain because of the colour bar that existed. During WWII he was in the Civil Defence Rescue Squad, a trade unionist, a community leader in Moss Side, a local civil rights activist, and campaigner against racism.

Year 11 Senior Prefects

House Leader: Aleena Salman
Deputy House Leader: Bouchra Zitouni
Maream Abdulwahab, Samaa Abutaleb, Sima Alhaj, Zainab Amjed, Mahnoor Chaudhry, Olu Iheanachor, Rida Mansoor, Kaisha McKenzie, Anisa Talukdar, Aliyah Zaib and Sarah Zitouni    

Year 10 Junior Prefects

Dana Aljamal, Maia Bonet-Clarke, Beatrice Lazarescu, Emaan Qureshi and Bilal Shaikh

Year 9 Junior Prefects

Alisha Ahmed, Duaa Ahmed, Aliza Faisal, Susan Hakimzadeh, Noor Iqbal, Kashmala Khan, Treea Mistry, Roya Nazari, Aryanna Tofigh and Aleeza Waseem

Year 8 Junior Prefects

Ahmed Ahmed, Asyia Al-Barbar, Aban Al-Hussain, Alex Bates, Mahira Bhuiyan, Mustafa Hakimzadeh, Alice Henderson, Fatma Hussein, Anthony Jaison, Ayesha Rizwan, Zanaira Shabbir and Farai Taderera

Year 7 Junior Prefects

Mohamed Ali, Mah Lail Ansari, Imran Bakkali, Freya Dewison, Daniel Eme, Youssef Gaber, Alixander Lewis and Shruti Qadir

Emmeline Pankhurst

Pankhurst (formerly Dalton and Bonnick)


Named after Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragette.

Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Moss Side and organised the UK suffragette movement, helping women win the right to vote. In 1999, Time named her as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century, stating that "she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back“ and her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Year 11 Senior Prefects

House Leader: Anna Howell
Deputy House Leader: Edi Essien
Daniel Bada, Shahad Barkhad, Shadha Barkhad, Missy Campbell, Usman Chaudhari, Reema Ghalandari, Saimah Hussain, Ricarlo Jeffery, Rajvinder Kaur, Shariq Khan, Victor McNeill, Paige Molloy, Yousaf Nazir and Caitlin Tobin

Year 10 Junior Prefects

Esther Ackah, Amelia Ali, Laraib Aqeel, Naylah Daye, Lennah Giji, Jannat Khan, Thomas Montgomery, Marsha Prakash and Delgermaa Sukhbaatar

Year 9 Junior Prefects

Omar Abutaleb, Hassan Ali, Sara Almassri, Jamie Ball, Abubaker Iqbal, Hooriya Shaikh and Iza Shaikh

Year 8 Junior Prefects

Iosif Afan, Izma Ali, Anaida Allen, Maham Aqeel, Ismail Chaudhry, Danyal Hussain, Adam Mirza, Doyin Osundiya, Hannah Sahai, Yaseen Shahid and Sufeyah Talukdar

Year 7 Junior Prefects

Safwan Adeeb, Poshe Ali, Nathan Blacklock, George Burden, Rehan Khan, Florent Ngadjui Zempte, Tevez Thomas, Marcel Wrobel and Yaqoub Zlitni

Alan Turing

Turing (formerly Gaskell  and Jones)


Named after Alan Turing, OBE, Scientist.

Alan Turing was a mathematician and computer scientist who was highly influential in the development of computation and is considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and AI. During WWII, Turing played a crucial role in cracking coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis. It has been estimated that this work shortened the war by more than two years and saved over 14 million lives. 

Year 11 Senior Prefects

House Leader: Tamia Mlambo
Deputy House Leader: Almira Sheikh
Haiqa Abdullah, Iniyah Ali, Muminah Altaf, Nuha Amin, Dania Derouiche, Dana Farajalla, Nawal Guled, Mustafa Imtiaz, Rimsha Jaffar-Ali, Blessing Kenneth, Chito Ogbodu and Niomi Pinkney-Martin    

Year 10 Junior Prefects

Prshni Bhudia, Robyn Jacobs, Leonie Magee, Katie Sullivan, Sally Yokie and Abdelbast Zlitni

Year 9 Junior Prefects

Ghaidaa Alhasan, Abdelrahman Ali, Jahzara Edmondson, Leen Elkhalidy, Abdul-Wasay Kaleem, Goncalo Pinto Maia, Areeba Raza, Petra Rotimi-Ojo, Aqib Talukdar and Codi-Leigh Wilson

Year 8 Junior Prefects

Monika Blazyte, Sami Latif, Edris Najibi, Dhanya Sathish and Uzair Shah

Year 7 Junior Prefects

Ezzah Ahmad, Othman Ali, Sana Amrez, Chethan Chikkanna-Gowda, Rolina Haidar, Jakub Hala, Benyamin Hashemizadeh, Tiyana Hunt, Laaibah Iqbal and Nyesha Kapur

Dr Erinma Bell

Bell (formerly Heywood  and Roberts)


Named after Dr Erinma Bell, Peace Activist.

Dr Erinma Bell is a peace activist, recognised for her work tackling gun crime in Moss Side and Longsight. Bell set up CARISMA (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) to give young people positive alternatives to street and gun crime. She is the first woman ever to have her sculpture in Manchester Town Hall.

Year 11 Senior Prefects

House Leader: Esmay McCalla
Deputy House Leader: Amina Asad
Rhea Harrison, Amina Kathrada, Zabinah Mahmood, Iqra Manzoor, Abdullah Mohamed, Inayah Qaiser, Maira Rana, Hamaad Sami and Pui Yee Tsang

Year 10 Junior Prefects

Salma Ali, Alvin Gratzer, Carol John, Zionne-Renee Masih-Johnson, Annabel Onaghise and Charis Rae

Year 9 Junior Prefects

Reema Abdul-Majeed, Najma Adenhersi, Hannah Ahmed, Amina Amjad, Maria Atique, Chandan Chikkanna Gowda, Ashar Khalid, Bethany Morris, Roxana Piturca and Aaliyah Shah

Year 8 Junior Prefects

Sarish Aslam, Rosie Blinkhorn, Safa Brown, Dyllan Kader, Ruqayyah Mehmood, Taha Moradi and Andrew Morris

Year 7 Junior Prefects

Halima Ali, Aisha Ashraf, Hashim Fiayyz, Thomas Heaney, Samad Kere, Hana Miah, Safa Qaiser, Hiba Saeed, Rahma Salih, Adeena Shabbir, Michidmaa Sukhbaatar, Mishaal Tariq and Stephy Varughese
 

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