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Park Hill Junior School

House Groups

When children join Park Hill Junior School, they will be allocated to one of the four house groups.  

The house system is a major part life at Park Hill Junior School and children compete inter-house competitions throughout the year. Each week they can earn House Points and Merits to achieve tokens for their House Group. The winning house group has their coloured flag raised in the school hall for all to see.

Inter-house sports competitions are also held regularly to foster healthy competition outside of the classroom. The children are proud to represent their house groups. 

Each house is named after a significant local person or place. The House and Sports Captains have explained more about each house below:


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an Afro-British composer and conductor.

Coleridge-Taylor was particularly known for his three cantatas on the epic poem Song of Hiawatha by American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Coleridge-Taylor premiered the first section in 1898, when he was 22.

He married a British woman, Jessie Walmisley, and both their children had musical careers. Their son Hiawatha adapted his father's music for a variety of performances. Their daughter, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, became a composer-conductor.


Flower house is named after the family who lived in Park Hill House, which was on the site of our school. John Wickham Flower and his family lived in the house during the 19th century. He was very helpful in the community and was one of the founder members of the Croydon Natural History and Science Society. 


The name Johnson originated from the world’s first female pilot, Amy Johnson, who flew solo from London to Australia. She flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary and disappeared during a ferry flight. 


Baldwin Latham (1836-1917) was a British civil engineer, from Westminster. He was born to George Latham (an additionally popular architect) and his mother was Mary Gee. In 1866, Baldwin Latham designed Poncelet’s Water-wheel for Robert Campbell. The water wheel is the structure under the water tower in Croydon. It was built the next year, in 1876. The design can hold up to 40000 gallons of water!