All students are placed into one of four houses: Blackburn, Chorley, Manchester or Wigan and, as generations of Boltonians before them, they compete for the Lyde Cup. This was presented in 1903 by the then Headmaster and his wife on his departure to take up a university professorship.
The competition comprises over 250 separate events and takes place throughout the year on special House Days and on our annual Sports Day. All the school representative sports appear in the programme; however, every year, a selection of appropriate extra-curricular activities is also included. For example, House challenges in art, technology and debating feature alongside football, badminton and rugby.
By running several activities concurrently, star sportsmen do not dominate; thus, every boy gets a chance to be involved in competitive action in activities. Consequently, all boys can help to win House points on a number of fronts.
More than thirty trophies are awarded for the events split into three age bands: Juniors for years 7 & 8; Intermediates for years 9 & 10; Seniors for years 11, 12 & 13. These are on display outside the Great Hall bedecked in the representative ribbons of the Houses that currently hold each trophy: Blackburn (yellow); Chorley (red); Manchester (green); Wigan (blue).
The Houses meet regularly for assemblies and are currently led by Mr M Chilton (Blackburn), Mr D Teasdale (Wigan), Mrs A Ebden (Manchester) and Mr H Brown (Chorley) under the overall control and coordination of the Senior Housemaster Mr P Jackson.
Senior members of each House are appointed as captains and as vice-captains. These boys assist in organising events and supervising teams during House Days alongside leading the Charities Committee with House representatives from the Intermediates and Junior House sections. These roles help develop and hone their leadership skills.