House System

The House System sits at the heart of our tutorial structure at Rossall and becomes a very important element of school life in terms of community, identity, pastoral and academic support.

As pupils enter the School, they will be allocated to one of the three junior houses  or, from Year 9 upwards, to one of the seven senior houses.

House ties, inter-house competitions and friendly inter-house rivalry are all an integral part of the system!


  • Anchor (Junior Boarding House)

    As the Junior boarding house, Anchor is unique at Rossall, being the only house where boys and girls live together. We pride ourselves on being a home away from home and always promoting a family atmosphere. Anchor House is full of fun and laughter; whether we are baking in the kitchen, celebrating a birthday, being active on the school fields or on one of our many house trips; we do everything together, with smiles on our faces. As well as the varied activities programme, all of the house staff are committed to developing and supporting all students with their academic needs, ensuring that all of our children succeed and reach their maximum potential.

    In Anchor House, you will meet students who vary in age, are from all around the world and speak many different languages. These factors will develop a range of diverse life skills that can help you succeed here at Rossall and more importantly in your future lives.

    To fully appreciate what Anchor has to offer, please do come and visit us.

  • Dolphin (Senior Girls' House)

    Dolphin House occupies a prime location on the right hand side of the Square adjoining the archway. We are opposite the Dining Hall and very close to the majority of the teaching facilities.

    House Ethos

    Dolphin is a very caring house and we always strive to make all our Dolphinas feel very much at home. Our House Motto is,  ‘She who has hope has everything’ and means just what it says. We encourage all our girls to be positive in all their endeavours.

    Our aim is to promote and provide a House environment in which girls are encouraged to become happy individuals with all the tools to be comfortable in the company of friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. We want all pupils who are part of Dolphin House to have high expectations for themselves, other pupils and the School.

    Living in Dolphin House is enjoyable and it will be fun living with friends. There is time available in each day to pursue all kinds of personal interests, such as playing sport, practising an instrument and taking up a new interest from the amazing range of activities on offer. In addition to all this, the members of staff in the House and the Tutors are there to help, guide and offer support at all times.

    On Fridays evenings the Monitors organise some entertainment such as a nail bar, a party, a move night, games evenings, Wii Championships, Pizza nights and the legendary Ice Cream night.  We have been twice to the Lake District for a weekend break which included, canoeing, kayaking and Ghyll Scrambling and also had a staycaction where we went to an Urban Spa and enjoyed the facilities and treatments.


  • Maltese Cross (Senior Boys' House)

    House Facilities

    All students within Maltese Cross have the privilege of either being accommodated in single or double bedrooms which incorporate a single bed for each student, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, a study desk and a network socket for a computer. Along with communal showers and bathing facilities there is also a small kitchen for the students to relax over a cup of coffee in the morning or cocoa and toast in the evening.

    The House has a day-boys’ room on the ground floor including individual lockers and study desks and a boarders’ common room on the second floor, the latter incorporating comfortable seating, IT facilities, PlayStation 3 and Sky HD.

    History of the House

    Each boy that joins Maltese Cross, joins a House steeped in tradition and history. It is the third oldest house at Rossall, dating back to 1886, and takes its name from the 15th century Knights Hospitaller. The eight points of the cross are said to symbolize the eight points of courage; Loyalty, Piety, Generosity, Bravery, Glory, Honour, Helpfulness and Respect, qualities that befit a student of Maltese Cross.

    Ethos of the House

    All the things that boys do, all their achievements, all their academic success, in the end are only going to happen if they are happy, if they are well grounded and if they are enjoying life at school. Entering a school in an unfamiliar culture can be a daunting experience, but a supportive, family orientated, stable boarding environment will make this transition far easier.

    The Housemaster, Deputy and Tutors of Maltese Cross strive to impart confidence, an independence of mind and a ‘can–do’ ethos in the boys, so that they each have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This is also achieved by treating each boy as an individual, and developing the ensuing relationship, so that by focusing on the individual, each pupil is taught to accept both success and failure as a natural occurrence of life.

  • Mitre Fleur de Lys (Senior Boys' House)

    The House

    Welcome to the newly refurbished MF House. Each boarder is accommodated in either a single or a double room equipped with a desk and wardrobe. There is also plenty of storage space in the House. Day boys will find themselves allocated to a shared study. All pupils make much use of the communal areas, from entertaining visitors in the day room to the house room, fully equipped with Sky TV and table football. Some prefer to entertain in the brew room where the cooking facilities are available during the day and evening; others prefer the music room, demonstrating a hidden talent on the grand piano. The House is a home from home for both boarders and day boys. The range of nationalities and cultures is enjoyed by all, particularly the opportunity to learn about and understand different lifestyles.

    Rossall School will be what you make of it and MF House is no exception. All boys in the House are encouraged to make the most of their opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Consequently, life is very busy and everyone supports each other. Every senior school activity, all sports, choir, band, school play, etc… has some MF representation. There are also regular House trips ranging from shopping in Manchester to theatre trips, cultural trips to London and even paintballing.

    The Michaelmas term features the House Singing competition and the MF MADD night (an evening of Music, Art, Drama and Dance). Every member of the House takes part and last year £1500 was raised for a local children’s charity. The usual round of carol services and House Dinner ends the term. The Lent term has many House Competitions that are fiercely fought. In between completing coursework, boys can be found playing hockey on the beach, practising for the House Instrumental Competition, or competing for the coveted “mo’ped” in the House Arts Quiz. With the sunshine comes the summer term and the boys take to the fields, either playing cricket or croquet. Of course, there are exams for many and regular revision clubs can be found around the House.

  • Pelican (Senior Boys' House)

    Pelican House was established in 1888 and has been a boys’ boarding house throughout its history. Situated on the far left hand side of the Square, Pelican House sits between MF House and MC House.

    There are 32 single bedrooms and the remainder are double rooms. Every bedroom has a bed, matching wardrobe, drawers and desk along with a network socket for a computer. There are central changing rooms and baths, showers and toilets and kitchenette are available on each floor. Some of the rooms are en suite.

    The House has two Common Rooms with eleven sofas, SKY TV, two 40″ flat screen TVs with Freeview and DVD etc., and one games room containing a pool table, football table, lounge area, piano, lockers. There are also six dedicated Day Rooms for prep work.


  • Rose (Senior Girls' House)

    Rose House was established in 1884 and we moved into our current location in 2004. Situated on the right hand side of the main archway, Rose House has a prime location in the square.

    In Rose, we understand the importance of extra-curricular activities as a break from the academic demands of school life. You will be encouraged to participate in sport, music and drama. Rose girls also enjoy supporting the wider school community through mentoring, sitting on the school council or working as a school ambassador.

    We enjoy inter-house competitions and Rose House are proud to have won the inter-house cup for the last two years running. As a Rose girl, you will also be expected to contribute to inter-house events – either as a participant or a supporter –  and for this you will be awarded with much-coveted house points. You can also earn house points through taking on a house responsibility, such as looking after our house pet rabbit, James Dean, or organising social events.

    Examples of social events in Rose House include movie nights, takeaways and our annual residential trip to Wales. The House has two large Common Rooms with comfortable seating, plasma TVs, a Wii and an extensive DVD lending library. Alongside our in-house events, we also plan trips across the North of England for sight-seeing, shopping, the theatre and more.

    We pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere and ‘home from home’ environment. The girls in the house will be your family whilst you are away from home, and Rose girls make lasting friendships with students from all over the world.


  • Spread Eagle (Senior Boys' House)

    Spread Eagle House is situated in the bottom right corner of the square as you pass through the archway and stands as the oldest house in the school dating back to 1875. It is a traditional boarding house that still keeps many traditions both old and new.

    Each Sunday at 7.00pm we all sing the Carmen before prep time starts and we still say “Adsum” at registration time, which in Latin means “I am present”.  It has a very strong sense of history, proudly presented on the stairwells and in the TV room where house photos dating back to 1933 cover the walls.

    Our annual Pöttinger Dinner embraces both loyalty and the selfless commitment from our very own students.  Once you have been in Spread Eagle you will always be part of it, with our very own active alumni group with over a 170 past and present members.

    The fundamentals of the boarding house begin with being organised and establishing a routine to get the very best out of each student.  Even though the boarding capacity is 40, house spirit is always at its best in Spread Eagle; the students bond very quickly and support each other in all aspects of life.

  • Wren (Senior Girls' House)

    House Parent

    Emma Williams, a Sport Science graduate of Loughborough University, completed her teacher training and the first two years of her career in Birmingham.; moving to Rossall in 2000 to take up  the post of Head of Girls Games.

    On returning to work after having a family (Ellie and Ruby) Emma Williams took up the post of Contingent Commander of the CCF for 3 years, followed by Houseparent of Wren house in 2013 and Head of PE in 2015.  She takes a full roll in all extra-curricular activities and encourages all the girls to become involved and make the most of every opportunity available to them.

    House Facilities

    Wren House can accommodate up to 38 boarders and 15 day pupils. There are 22 single bedrooms and 8 double bedrooms. There are also shared studies for each of the day students. Every bedroom is furnished with a bed, wardrobe, drawers and desk. Showers, toilets and a kitchenette are available on the ground floor, with a bathroom, shower room and toilets also available on the second floor. The main kitchen, on the first floor contains an oven, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge.
    The House has two Day Rooms with comfortable seating, plasma TVs, DVD player and a Nintendo Wii.  The house also boasts its own music room with a piano, and IT work-station.

    History of the House

    Wren House was opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester in 1987 in order to accommodate an influx of girls to the school; originally situated in a building near the main entrance, now Lugard.  Wren was re-established in 2008  in the square in a prime location to the  left hand side of the archway.

    House Activities

    Wren House prides itself on its family atmosphere and encourages integration across age groups and nationalities.  House activities include a residential weekend in the beautiful Lake District, movie nights, games nights, takeaway nights and the ever important house sport and music competitions.  The girls enjoy the opportunity to get dressed up and celebrate Christmas at the “house jolly”, and really get into the spirit on the house decoration night!  All girls are expected to be fully involved in the extensive range of activities on offer both in school and in the house.



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