Welcome to Ripley Houses

Welcome to our Houses web page. 

Ripley has had a long tradition of 4 Houses, where students and staff were allocated to either Blackburn, Durham, Chester or York and would meet for House assemblies and enjoy the familial feeling of belonging. Over the years, pastoral care took a different route and our Houses were there but took more of a background role. This year we have reinvigorated the House system! We had added Carlisle as a 5th House as our school has grown in numbers, and our students proudly wear their House badge. The 5 newly appointed Heads of House are looking for ways to develop the House system to ensure all our students have the chance to flourish outside of the classroom. We are really excited to see the competitions and opportunities that develop throughout the year, culminating in our Sports Day!

Meet your new House Leaders below!


I applied to become Head of House because I like to see pupils getting involved in as many events as possible, no matter what their abilities are. Although winning is amazing and feels good, the sense of involvement and comradery that can be gained is as exciting as winning. It is my hope that we can raise the profile of all of the houses, but particularly Chester House - Let's turn Ripley red!

Mr Henderson, House Leader for Chester


In Blackburn House we value inclusivity, bravery and being a team player. My aim is to create a community where pupils feel safe, supported and celebrated. I can't wait to see pupils trying something new, challenging themselves and getting involved in all new House events this year!

Miss Leak, House Leader for Blackburn


Hi I'm Mr Bithell, Head of Carlisle house. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone wearing their purple badges with pride and getting involved in all the house events that are going to be going on. Come on Carlisle!

Mr Bithell, House Leader for Carlisle


Hello. I'm Mr Woodland, Head of York House. I'm really proud and excited to be taking on this role and I'm looking forward to cheering on our pupils and staff at all our house events this year.

Mr Woodland, House Leader for York


Diamonds are formed under pressure, but bread dough rises when you leave it to rest. We can all reach our full potential in the right environment.

Miss Montgomery. House Leader for Durham

Recent House News




Welcome to your Sixth Form House Captains

Mrs Pinder is really pleased to announce the appointment of the following students to the new positions of House Captain & House Vice-Captain:

Chester House Captain: Zofia Kowalska


York House Captain: Olivia Bland


Blackburn House Captain: Ellie Blackstone


Carlisle House Captain: Caitlyn Ewan


Durham House Captain: Grace Mashiter


Congratulations to them all – they very successfully introduced themselves to their full Houses in House assemblies in the Chapel week beginning 10 October and we cant wait to see how they nurture and support each house this year.