Perseus House

Head of House - Mrs S Sykes

House Colour: Robin Red
Named after the Constellation of Perseus
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 03h
Declination: +45°

"Whatever it takes"

Perseus was the son of the Greek god Zeus and the princess Danae.

When Perseus was born, King Acrisius locked Danae and Perseus in a wooden chest and threw it into the sea. The chest floated to an island where it was rescued by a fisherman who was brother to the island's king, Polydectes. Polydectes offered them protection and Perseus was raised in his house. Polydectes may have had an ulterior motive as he later tried to force marriage on Danae. The king tried to mislead Perseus by saying that he intended to marry someone else. Perseus was so relieved that he promised the king a rather extravagant wedding gift, the head of Medusa.

Medusa was one of three sisters, daughters of Ceto and Phorcys, who was transformed into a hideous creature by the goddess Athene. Also known as the Gorgon, Medusa had serpents for hair, huge teeth, and a protruding tongue. One look turned people to stone. Athene helped Perseus gather magic equipment and gave him a shield to use as a mirror so that he would not look at Medusa directly. Perseus flew to the Gorgon's den with his winged sandals, and, using the shield as a mirror, cut off Medusa's head and buried it.

Perseus the constellation is usually depicted showing him holding Medusa's head, with the bright star Algol marking her eye. Just like the legend, Perseus House students are ingenious, courageous, hard-working and considerate of others. They take part in Academy events and the Interhouse competitions and enjoy working together on charity fund raising events that we run throughout the year.

Tutors in Perseus House are keen to support the students in their House groups. The Tutors are ably assisted by their Form Prefects. This ensures that all students are encouraged to be actively involved in all the Interhouse competitions and events that the Academy runs along with integrating all students fully into Academy life. Mrs Sykes is also assisted by two House Prefects, Melvin Mensah (PR8) and Tilly Fairgrieve (PR7).

Each term, House Council meetings are held. This allows Perseus students to share their views. Ideas are debated and are put forward to the Academy Council for consideration by the Principal to further enhance students' experience here at the Academy.

Interhouse Competitions

House competitions are a vitally important part of every student's life at Tollbar Academy.

Some notable performances last year have been winning the Interhouse Cross-Country competition. This was on top of a number of 2nd Place finishes in Interhouse Music and Football, Basketball, Technology, Rounders History and Merits. Perseus finished 3rd overall in Interhouse Competitions.

Perseus this year are looking to maintain and hopefully better their results from last year and continue along their rich vein of improvement as they look to win the overall Interhouse Championship.

With the wide variety of events that we have here at the Academy, there is certainly something to suit students of all abilities and interests. Perseus prides itself in making sure all students get the opportunity to embrace the outstanding Interhouse Competitions here at the Academy.

Perseus House students are encouraged to "give it a go" and participation and success are two of our key focuses for this year.

Perseus House Sports Captains and Vice Captains


Captain – Holly Blunden PR5

Vice-Captain – Courtney Smith PR1


Captain – Benjamin McDougall PR9

Vice-Captain – Ethan Elaisa PR8

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