Houses

History of the House System

History of the House System

The House system is deeply embedded in the pastoral system of Aylesbury Grammar School, as well as providing a means for many students to participate in competitions and extra-curricular activities.

The system was established relatively late in the school’s history in 1920, with 4 Houses: Denson, Hampden, Phillips and Ridley. The intention was to introduce a ‘spirit of unity’ amongst the students. As the school grew it was necessary to add Lee House in 1974 and then to establish Paterson House in 1981. The six Houses now compete for two trophies. The Brodie trophy is awarded for Sporting endeavours and the Watson trophy for Artistic pursuits. 

The Brodie Trophy was introduced in 1939 in memory of Mr Palmer Brodie, a popular member of staff who joined AGS in 1935 and died suddenly as a result of a car accident in 1938. The original Brodie Trophy events were: Athletic Sports, Chess, Cricket, Cross-Country, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Football and Swimming.

In the current era, the Brodie Trophy includes: Athletics, Badminton, Cross-Country, Football, Rugby, Squash, Swimming and Tennis.

The Watson Trophy was introduced in 1968 in memory of Colonel F.W. Watson, a long-standing Governor and friend of the school and included: Chess, Oratory (Public Speaking), Merit Marks (awarded in lessons for positive performance/achievement) and Music.

In the current era, the Watson Trophy includes: Art, Chess, Music, Public Speaking, Quiz and Writing.

Ridley House have the honour of being the inaugural winners of both trophy competitions!

 

The tables below chart the complete history of the Brodie and Watson trophy competitions:

 

Brodie Trophy winners – 1939 to present day

 

YEAR DENSON HAMPDEN LEE PATERSON PHILLIPS RIDLEY
1939 3 2     4 1
1946 2 1     4 3
1947 2 3     4 1
1948 1 2     4 3
1949 2 1     4 3
1950 3 1     2 4
1951 3 1     4 2
1952 4 2     1 3
1953 4 3     1 2
1954 3 1     2 4
1955 4 3     1 2
1956 4 3     2 1
1957 2 1     4 3
1958 1 4     3 2
1959 1 4     3 2
1960 1 4     2 3
1961 2 4     3 1
1962 3 4     2 1
1963 2= 4     1 2=
1964 3 4     1 2
1965 4 1     3 2
1966 3 4     2 1
1967 2 1     4 3
1968 4 1=     3 1=
1969 2 4     1 3
1970            
1971            
1972            
1973 2= 2=     1 4
1974 4 3 5   1 2
1975            
1976         2  
1977         1  
1978         1  
1979         1  
1980            
1981            
1982 5 4 1 6 3 2
1983 2 5 1 6 4 3
1984 3 5 1 6 4 2
1985 6 3 4 1 2 5
1986 5 4 3 1 2 6
1987 4 2 5 3 1 6
1988 5 2 6 1 3 4
1989 4 3 6 2 1 5
1990 4 3 5 1 2 6
1991 4 2 5 3 1 6
1992 3 6 2 5 1 4
1993 5 6 1 4 2 3
1994 4 6 3 1 5 2
1995 4 2 6 5 1 3
1996 4 3 5 6 1 2
1997 2 3 6 5 1 4
1998 4 1 5 3 2 6
1999 4 2 6 3 1 5
2000 3 2 5= 4 1 5=
2001 1 6 2 5 3 4
2002 4 6 1 3 5 2
2003 4 6 2 5 1 3
2004 1 5 3 2 6 4
2005 1 6 4 5 2 3
2006 3 6 4 5 1 2
2007 2 4 5 6 1 3
2008 3 6 4 5 1 2
2009 4 5 3 6 1 2
2010 4 2= 5 6 2= 1
2011 2 3 6 5 4 1
2012 2 3 6 5 4 1
2013 2 3 6 4 5 1
2014 4 2 6 1 5 3
2015 3 6 5 1 2 4
2016 3= 6 3= 1 2 5
2017 4 6 1 2 5 3
2018 1 4 2 3 5 6
2019 1 3 5 2 4 6
2020            
2021            
             
WINS 9 10 6 8 24 11

Watson Trophy winners – 1968 to present day

 

YEAR DENSON HAMPDEN LEE PATERSON PHILLIPS RIDLEY
1968 2 4 3 1
1969 1 4 2 3
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983 1 2 5 6 3 4
1984 4= 2= 6 2= 1 4=
1985 4 1 6 3 2 5
1986 4 3 5 1 2 6
1987 1 2 5 3 6 4
1988 1 2 6 4 5 3
1989 1 2 5 4 6 3
1990 4 1 5 2 3 6
1991 1 3 6 4 5 2
1992 1 4 5 2 3 6
1993 2 6 4 3 5 1
1994 1= 3 5= 1= 5= 4
1995 2= 2= 4 5 1 6
1996 3 2 5 4 1 6
1997 3 1 5 4 2 6
1998 1 6 4 3 2 5
1999 3 4 5 6 1 2
2000 3 1 6 5 2 4
2001 1 3 5 6 4 2
2002 6 5 2 4 1 3
2003 3= 5 6 2 3= 1
2004 3 5 6 4 2 1
2005 3 6 4 5 2 1
2006 5 6 4 3 1 2
2007 4 6 5 3 2 1
2008 4 6 1 5 2 3
2009 6 5 2= 1 2= 4
2010 4= 1 4= 2 3 6
2011 3 4 6 1 5 2
2012 2 3 6 5 4 1
2013 4 5 1 3 6 2
2014 3= 5 3= 1 6 2
2015 3 5 6 2 4 1
2016 2 1 5 4 6 3
2017 2 3= 5 1 3= 6
2018 1 5 6 2 4 3
2019 1 6 5 2 3 4
2020 6 5 3 4 2 1
2021
WINS 12 5 2 6 6 9

Resources

AGS Learner

Our vision is to provide an exceptional education, rich in learning opportunities

Read More

PTA website

The PTA is a group of parents, who organise and run events, with the support of the school.

Read More

School Bookings

Now you can make bookings for Parents Evenings and school events that suit you.

Visit Website

ParentPay

Pay online for school uniforms and sports clothing, school dinners, trips and more.

Visit Website