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Volans House

Head of House: Head of House – Mr B French (Assistant Principal)
House Colour: Yellow
Named after the Constellation of Volans
Location: Southern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 8
Declination: +70° Symbolism: The Flying Fish

Volans is a constellation in the southern sky. It represents a flying fish; its name is a shortened form of its original name, Piscis Volans.

Volans represents a type of tropical fish that can jump out of the water and glide through the air on wings.

Flying fish are powerful, they're good at defending themselves and they're graceful. Flying fish are intelligent, although they may not be predators like whales (Cetus) and Swordfish (Dorado), by becoming airborne, flying fish outsmart their predators and environment. We can outsmart our competition!

Volans House is set up in the same manner as all of the other Houses, with each of the three house groups containing 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. Like all house groups we also have a form prefect assigned to each form whose role is to support the form, particularly new starters, and encourage participation in inter-house events and competitions. The house is led by two house prefects to help Mr French in the running of a successful Volans team.

In Volans 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.


Volans 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. Volans is exceptionally well represented and those students who do participate, take great pride in representing their House. Volans students demonstrate excellent teamwork, commitment and passion to achieving their best, both individually and as a team. Team morale is high and students display the drive to succeed.

In 2018-2019, Volans won the following events: Science, Humanities, Technology, Maths, Indoor Rowing, Citizenship and French. Volans were crowned 3rd in the overall Interhouse Cup.

Photographs are shown below of many Volans students who participated in Sports Day.

Volans 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:

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

The Form Prefects for 2019/2020 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 Volans Sports Captains and Vice Captains for 2019/2020 are:

House Council:

Volans 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 Somercotes Academy.

The House Councillors for 2019/2020 are:

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