Indus House

Head of House - Mrs S Sykes

House Colour: Skylark Violet
Named after the Constellation of Indus
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 03h
Declination: +45°

Indus, the Indian (Native American)

Indus, the Indian (Native American), is completely visible in latitudes south of 15 degrees North from July-September.

Indus was invented by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Fredick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597.

Native Americans (American Indians, Amerindians, Amerins, Indyans, Injuns, or Red Indians) are indigenous peoples, who lived in the Americas prior to the European colonisation; some of these ethnic groups still exist. The name "Indians" was bestowed by ChristopherColumbus, who mistakenly believed that the places he found them were among the islands to the southeast of Asia known to Europeans as the Indies.

House System:

Indus House is set up in the same manner as all of the other seven Houses. Each House comprises of ten House groups, each with 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.


Indus 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. Indus is exceptionally well represented and those students who do participate, take great pride in representing their House. Indus students demonstrate excellent teamwork, commitment and passion to achieving their best, both individually and as a team. Team moral is high and students display the drive to succeed. Mrs Sykes is incredibly proud of all students who participate in any Interhouse events.

In 2017 - 2018, Indus won 7 Interhouse competitions: Dance, Badminton, Football, Music, History and Rounders. Indus students excelled themselves this year and were crowned overall Interhouse champions for 2017 - 2018!

Indus 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.

House Prefects:

Indus are proud to award two students the role of House Prefect. These students are outstanding students who are admired and respected by others. Martha and Morgan will support Mrs Sykes and will be given responsibilities over the course of the year, in order to uphold Indus' high standards.

Form Prefects:

Indus has also selected the following Form Prefects. These are Year 11 students who lead by example. These students work alongside Mrs Sykes and their tutors to ensure the welfare of those in their form group.

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.

House Council:

Indus 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 Tollbar Academy.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson