The Boulevard Academy believes in the intrinsic value of competition but competition where all youngsters are able to take part.
One of the ways we promote healthy competition is through our house system. We believe the house system offers another opportunity for our youngsters to learn leadership skills as well as giving them a sense of belonging and pride.
Students are allocated a House when they join and stay in that House throughout their time at the Academy. They are encouraged to earn points for their House through their studies and get the chance to take part in regular competitions with the other Houses.
The beauty of the House Systems is that it gives every student, regardless of their ability, the chance to take part in a wide range of activities and in so doing develop their self-esteem.
The names for the Houses were chosen with the help of the students who worked in teams to suggest and present ideas before a vote was taken.
Students chose Elwell after the artist Fred Elwell to represent the creative aspect of learning; Venn after the Hull-born mathematician John Venn; Ferens after Thomas Ferens, the founder of Reckitt & Sons to represent Science, poet Phillip Larkin to represent Literacy, and Whitely, after Johnny Whiteley, the legendary former Hull FC player to represent sport and physical activity.
Frederick Elwell was born in Beverley in 1870. He was a talented artist and an elected member of the Royal Academy. In 1932 he was commissioned to paint a portrait of King George V. He was known for his high standards of achievement and his encouragement and support of young artists. Elwell represents the creative and artistic side of learning.
John Venn was born in Hull in 1834. He was a philosopher and mathematician and one of the most important contributors to the study of statistics. He is famed for developing the ‘Venn Diagram’ which is still used today. Venn represents the importance of developing numeracy skills for all students.
Thomas Ferens was a British Politician, philanthropist and an industrialist. He moved to Hull at the age of 19 to work at Reckitt and Sons where he progressed through the company to become chairman. He became very wealthy and used his wealth in order to benefit others. He made gifts to the city totalling over £1m (equivalent to £45m today) funding a variety of causes including the city's art gallery and the formation of Hull University. Ferens represents science and forward thinking as well as the core value of supporting others.
Philip Larkin was appointed the Librarian of the University of Hull in 1955 and spent the rest of his life in the city. He is celebrated as one of the greatest English post-war poets and was awarded with many honours, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry. Larkin represents the importance of creativity through literacy.
Making 417 appearances for Hull FC over 15 seasons Johnny Whiteley is widely regarded as a local legend. Receiving an MBE in 2005 and made a Freeman of the City of Hull in 2008 Whiteley represents the pride and determination we want students to demonstrate when taking part in sporting competitions.