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All students when they join Christ's College are allocated into one of our four College Houses; Austen, Redgrave, Turner and Sibley.  Each of the Houses have been named after a historical figure of the past and follows a motto taken from a biblical verse.

AUSTEN  Motto "Be strong and courageous" from Joshua 1:9

Jane Austen  (Born 16th December 1775) - an English novelist in the18th Century.  Her writing was unique at that time, writing humour along with er realism, and social commentary. She wrote classics such as Pride And Prejudice, Sense And Sensibility and Emma.

REDGRAVE  Motto " Plans to prosper"  from Jeremiah 29:11

Sir Steve Redgrave -  (Born 23rd March 1962)  is a British retired rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.  He also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championship golds.  He is the most successful male rower in Olympic history.

SIBLEY  Motto "Love is patient"  from Corinthians 12:4

Dame Antionette Sibley  - (Born 27th February 1939)  is a British ballerina.  She joined the Royal Ballet from the Royal Ballet School in 1956 and became a soloist in 1960.  After retirement from dancing in 1989 she became President of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1991.

TURNER Motto "Let your heart take courage"  from Psalm 31:24

Jospeh Mollard William Turner -  (Born 23rd April 1775) was an English romantic painter, printmaker and water colourist.  He is known for his expressive and colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings. 


Throughout the year, students from all four houses compete in inter-house competitions to win The Dearing Cup. Our aim is that everybody gets a chance to represent their house in some way or another.

The Dearing Cup named after the late Lord Ron Dearing who was a man deeply involved in education at the highest levels of government,   In 1994, he shaped the National Curriculum that every school teaches today.  In 2007 he lobbied government to make sure a new building for Christ's College was build on the current site.

Inter-house Competitions

  • Festival of the Arts - a dance, drama and music festival (October)
  • Football Competition (November)
  • Handball Competition (December)
  • Netball & Basketball Competition (Spring Term)
  • Other events will include Business Enterprise activities at Christmas and Easter, Maths Code Breaking and DT Engineering Bridge Building.
  • Department competitions
  • Sports Day in the Summer term.

House Winners

  • 2011  Turner
  • 2012  Sibley
  • 2013  Austen
  • 2014  Austen
  • 2015  Sibley
  • 2016  Redgrave
  • 2017  Austen
  • 2018  Austen
  • 2019  Austen
  • 2020  Austen
  • 2021  Redgrave
  • 2022  Sibley

Each House has student and staff representatives who help to keep students informed of activities, competitions and encouraging when needed to take part in events.


House Leaders:

Mr T Dunn Austen House Leader
Mr H Gilchrist Redgrave House Leader 
Ms C Botha Sibley House Leader
Miss E Barratt Turner House Leader



On the respective House Birthday, that House will run a charity day to raise as much money as possible for its chosen charity.

AUSTEN Friday 16th December 2022 Guildford Action
SIBLEY Monday 27th February 2023 Matrix
REDGRAVE Thursday 23rd March 2023 Teenage Cancer Trust
TURNER Friday 21st April 2023 MIND



September 2023

Applications for House Captains

Selection of House Charities

5th October 2023 Drama Festival (Romeo and Juliet) - 6.30pm
16th October 2023 Cross-Country
18th October 2023

Netball (Years 9,10,11)

Boys Football (Years 10,11)

Girls Football (Years 7,8)

19th October 2023

Netball (Years 7,8)

Boys Football (Years 7,8,9)

Girls Football (Years 9,10,11)

November 2023 (Dates TBC)


KS3 Maths Challenge

9th November 2023 Dance / Music Festival - 6.30pm




(the race to 100,000)

Austen 32269 Redgrave 26679 Sibley 27043 Turner 29876
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