Dorado House

House Colour: Deep Red
Named after the Constellation of Dorado
Location: Southern Hemisphere
Symbolism: Swordfish
Our Motto: Learners today, Leaders tomorrow.

Dorado House is a very successful Somercotes Academy House group, demonstrated by its many achievements. We are the current champions of:

  • Year 7 and 8 Maths Olympics
  • Years 7 – 11 Music
  • Year 7 and 8 Languages
  • Year 7 and 8 Art
  • Years 7 – 9 Football
  • Year 8 and 9 Rugby
  • Years 7 – 11 Challenge Cup
  • Years 7 – 11 Inter House Quiz
  • Years 7 – 11 Attendance

Dorado House Students Are Jubilant Quiz Winners

We came second in:

  • Geography
  • Citizenship
  • Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Cross Country
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Sports day
  • Year 7 and 8 merits


All three Houses at Somercotes Academy have the same structure and are governed by the same set of rules that apply to all Somercotes Academy students. Regardless of this, each House has its own identity and Dorado is certainly no exception.

When appointing students to positions of responsibility, we take great care to choose those students who will embrace and uphold the high standards that are expected of Dorado students. Dorado's prefects are Year 11 students who lead by example. They work alongside their Head of House and their form tutors to ensure the welfare of those in their form groups.

Dorado Constellation

Our constellation represents a large predatory fish that was named Dorado by Dutch explorers. It contains most of the large Magellanic Cloud, which is a neighbour galaxy to the Milky Way.

Dorado – what does this mean about us?

  • We are brave.
  • We are strong.
  • We are good at defending ourselves.
  • We act as individuals – swordfish work together when necessary but otherwise work independently.
  • We are responsible for our own actions.
  • We think fast, we move fast (swordfish swim at 50mph).
  • We are predators – we like to win!

Fun facts: Whales (Cetus House) are not fans of Swordfish and tend to steer clear of them and Flying Fish (Volans House) are scared of Swordfish because they hunt them!

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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