At Offwell School we have two Houses; Attenborough (blue) and Anning (red). On joining the school each child will be put into one of the two houses, we always keep siblings in the same house.
Our children chose the names of the Houses in September 2021.
Attenborough is named after Sir David Attenborough. Many of the children are familiar with his work for the environment and for animal species and his wishes for a better planet and more sustainable lifestyle resonate with their outlook and the school’s ethos.
Anning is named after Mary Anning who lived in Lyme Regis and was a Victorian palaeontologist famous for finding fossils on the Jurassic Coast. She is an excellent example of perseverance and strength of character as it was so unusual for women to succeed in the field of science. Mary Anning was chosen from a group of illustrious women all of whom are/were leaders and pioneers (Greta Thunberg, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai)
There is also an existing link between Attenborough and Anning. Sir David has made programmes about the Jurassic Coast, where Mary Anning carried out her work, and he is a supporter of the ‘Mary Anning Rocks’ charity.
House Captains are appointed each year from our Year 6 class. Children are asked to express their willingness to serve as a House Captain and write letters to the class teacher in support of their wishes letting us know what strengths they can bring to the role and what they want to do for the children and the school. We have two House Captains for each house: