Our three houses - Lee, Parton and Tylecote – are each named after famous local people who made an impact on the educational and intellectual world of their times. Students earn house points for effort and progress, and house competitions are a regular part of school life.
Both boarding and day students belong to one of our three houses, and the common rooms in the boarding houses are a great place for British and international students to socialise.
Jennie Lee was the MP for Cannock for 30 years, a secretary of state and instrumental in establishing the Open University. Lee House occupies a series of connected buildings around modern courtyards and gardens by the entrance to the school campus. The large central common room with adjoining kitchen also has an attached garden area which is very popular with students in the summer!
Vernon Parton was a mathematician, inventor and chess master. He studied the works of Lewis Carrol and invented Alice Chess. He was also, after his father, Headmaster of Cannock Grammar School. Parton House occupies a series of connected houses which run along Convent Close, the main roadway through the school campus.
Frank Tylecote was born in Cannock and became Professor of Medicine at the University of Manchester. His research was the first to recognise the link between smoking tobacco and lung cancer. Tylecote is located in the old original school building in the centre of the campus, and its common room, being closest to the classrooms of the senior school, is a lively place of conversation every break time.