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Cetus House

Head of House - Mr R D Allenby
House Colour: Light Blue
Named after the Constellation of Cetus
Location: Northern Sky
Our Motto: Believe, Achieve, Succeed.

Information on Cetus:

In Greek mythology Cetus was a sea monster. Princess Andromeda was sacrificed to Cetus as a result of her mother's (Cassiopeia) vanity. To rescue Andromeda, Perseus slayed the sea monster and brought his body to shore to be displayed.

Today, Cetus is often depicted as a Whale. There are over 80 different types of Cetacean, including Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. At Somercotes Academy the Killer Whale or Orca was chosen to represent Cetus House. This seemed fitting as Orcas show great team spirit as they are social mammals as it is common for four generations to stay together. The team work showed by Orcas can be seen as they have the ability to hunt many marine mammals including Great White Sharks.

In Cetus we like to take this inspiration and work together in order to promote success. A dedicated team of tutors manage time spent in House groups each morning, encouraging participation in extra-curricular and inter-house events. The vertical tutoring system allows for a real family feel to the House, encouraging students to reach their full potential and beyond.

House System:

Cetus House is set up in the same manner as the other two Houses. Each House comprises of five House groups, each with a selection of students from across the five year groups. This helps to encourage all of the different year groups to mix, and certainly helps our new starters to settle into the Academy.


Cetus students are always keen to participate in all Interhouse events. A variety of competitions are held throughout the year to appeal to a diverse range of students, these include: musical, sporting and academic competitions. Cetus is exceptionally well represented and those students who do participate, take great pride in representing their House. Cetus students demonstrate excellent teamwork, commitment and passion to achieving their best, both individually and as a team. Team moral is high and students display the drive to succeed. Miss Manners is incredibly proud of all students who participate in any Interhouse events.

In 2017-2018, Cetus won the following events: Attendance, Geography, French, Science, Maths, Technology and Merits. Cetus were crowned 2nd at Sports Day and 2nd in the overall Interhouse Cup.

Photographs are shown below of many Cetus students who participated in Sports Day 2017- 2018.

Cetus Roles:

Students are appointed to senior positions of importance within the House. This year we have a tremendous array of hardworking and diligent individuals who will be representing their House with distinction.

Form Prefects:

Cetus has selected the following Form Prefects. These are Year 11 students who lead by example. These students work alongside Miss Manners and their House tutors to ensure the welfare of those in their form group.

The Form Prefects for 2018/2019 are:

Sports Captains:

Two talented sporting students have been selected as 'Sports Captains'. These students help in the organisation of teams prior to and during Interhouse sporting competitions.

Due to the high calibre of candidates for Sports Captain this year, we have again decided to choose two further talented students to be 'Vice Sports Captains' who are able to assist the Sports Captains.

The Cetus Sports Captains and Vice Captains for 2018/2019 are:

House Council:

Cetus believes it is important to take into account the views of all our students. Therefore, a House representative from each House group share any student issues at regular House Council meetings. The most significant issues are taken forward for further consideration and changes have been shown to make a considerable difference to student's life at Tollbar Academy.

The House Councillors for 2018/2019 are:

Tutor Award Winners:

The tutor awards celebrate the successes of students from any year group who have made a special effort towards the Academy through extra hard work and their participation in Academy events. The list of Cetus tutor winners are below, with the overall Head of House award going to Charlie Carr (CE1).

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