School Houses

Our school is organised in horizontal year groups and also in vertical Houses. This model was launched in September 2017 after an extensive student voice consultation and the names of our Houses were chosen by a student vote and are linked to Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel values.

All students are allocated a house when they begin at Holy Cross. This provides opportunity for healthy competition through gaining house points for their particular house, house events and assemblies, building relationships across year groups and creating projects and raising money for charity as a house group. A student’s house identity is displayed by a coloured ribbon sewn above The Holy Cross crest on the school blazer.

Each house, with its own individual colour, is named after a Christian value put forward by the students.


The students are led by a team of Sixth Form Yr12 Heads of House and Deputy Heads of House. Within the main school (Yrs7-11) each form is led by its House Captain. This model of leadership opportunity facilitates a sustainable model of student leadership and provides good role model aspiration. We now have a total of 35 House leaders!

Charity – House colour PURPLE

Head of House – Soo Kim

Deputy Head of House – Mary Elumeze-Smith

Faith – House colour BLUE

Head of House – Orla O’Connor

Deputy Head of House – Kaosi Matheson

Hope – House colour YELLOW

Head of House – Elana Shaw

Deputy Head of House – Hiba Mirza

Mercy – House colour RED

Head of House – Gabriella Esteban

Deputy Head of House – Dom Lewis

Peace – House colour GREEN

Head of House – Lucy Reynolds

Deputy Head of House – Ruby Yoon






House Patron Saints

Each House has a Patron Saint associated to it – all incredible female figures who can serve as inspiration to our students.

Mercy: St Faustina – patron of mercy, forgiveness & art (feast day 5th October)

Faith: St Joan of Arc – patron of France, soldiers, battles of any kind (feast day 30th May)

Hope: St Hildegard – patron of musicians & writers (feast day 17th September)

Charity: St Therese of Lisieux – patron of those who suffer, missions, breast cancer, sisters (feast day 1st October)

Peace: St Rita – patron of impossible cases, difficult marriages, parenthood (feast day 22nd May)


“Collective Worship is central to the life of the school for all pupils, whatever their own particular faith background, and forms the heart of every school celebration. Praying together is part of the daily experience of all pupils and staff.” Denominational Inspection Report, 2018