House System

To encourage teamwork and a spirit of friendly competition...

Herries has a thriving House system where pupils are awarded house points for good work, positive behaviour and sporting achievement.

Every pupil belongs to one of the four Houses.

Each of these takes its name from respectively, an engineer, a writer, a sportsman and an artist, all with strong local connections.

Every Friday in Golden Assembly, the House points totals are announced and pupils who have completed their House points card receive a commendation certificate and badge.


Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is the engineer responsible for the design and construction of landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge as well as great innovation in shipping and the railway.

Brunel’s local connection is that in 1838 he designed the bridge across the Thames at Maidenhead, which with its elegant brick arches broke new ground in structural engineering.


Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), writer of “The Wind in the Willows”came to live with his grandmother at Mayfield in Cookham Dean, which is now the home of Herries School. Grahame loved this country home and its gardens.

Boating on the nearby River Thames and jaunts in the surrounding fields and woods gave him the inspiration to create some of the most famous and best-loved tales in all children’s literature.


Sir Steve Redgrave (born Marlow 1962) is the most outstanding rower of all time winning Olympic gold medals at five consecutive Games from Los Angeles in 9184 to Sydney in 2000.

Sir Steve was awarded the MBE in 1987, the CBE in 1997 and, following his success in Sydney, was knighted in 2001.


Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) is an artist who was born in Cookham, close to the gallery which bears his name. His artistic training began at Maidenhead Technical College.

At seventeen, Stanley entered the Slade School of Fine Art at University College, London and there he won the Composition Prize for ‘The Nativity’ in 1912.

Though he travelled widely, Stanley always returned to his beloved home. He became a member of the Royal Academy and was knighted in 1958. Sir Stanley Spencer is now renowned as one of Britain’s finest painters.