Orion House

Head of House - Mr P Wade

House Colour: Fantail Orange
Named after the Constellation of Orion
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 03h
Declination: +45°

Perhaps second only to the Big Dipper, the constellation of Orion is one of the most recognizable patterns of stars in the northern sky. Orion, the hunter, stands by the river Eridanus and is accompanied by his faithful dogs. Orion's tragic life ended when he stepped on Scorpius, the scorpion. The gods felt sorry for him, so they put him and his dogs in the sky as constellations. They also put all of the animals he hunted up there near him. Scorpius, however, was placed on the opposite side of the sky so Orion would never be hurt by it again.

All eight Houses at Tollbar Academy have the same structure and are governed by the same set of rules that apply to all Tollbar Academy students. Regardless of this, each house has its own identity and Orion 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 synonymous with Orion House.


Orion's prefects are Year 11 students who lead by example. They work alongside Mr Wade and their tutors to ensure the welfare of those in their form group.

House Prefects

We are proud to continue this new role within our House: the House Prefects. These two students will work to maintain the overall success of Orion, and to constantly improving things for each and every student.

Endeavour Award Winners

Orion's Endeavour Awards are given to students with exceptional behaviour, commitment and work ethic.


To achieve success in any area requires discipline, determination, skill, talent, and academic ability - all characteristics with which Orion students are proud to be associated.

Orion students are currently Inter-House Champions in the following sporting competitions:


None of this would be possible without our brilliant Sports Captains, who organise teams and seek to increase involvement in all Inter-house activities.

And it's not just the students mentioned above. Each and every member of Orion is a vital, important part of the House.

That's why Orion are also current Inter-House Champions in:

  • ART

Therefore, as a result of these amazing achievements, Orion House have been crowned Inter-House League Champions 2015/2016. For the third year in a row, Orion are simply the best.

Congratulations to all our students.

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