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Our Houses

At Chiltern Academy, all pupils are placed into a House.

We are proud to have engineering as one of our school specialisms and therefore have chosen to name our Houses after exceptional engineers throughout history. There are two forms groups per year group in each House and they come together to take part in a range of activities. We have successful competitions such as sport events, quizzing at lunchtimes, debating and citizenship activities. Pupils also get reward points in lessons and these go towards their overall House point totals. We also use the Houses to support our school charity and have regular charity events including bake sales and fundraisers.


Our House Vision

To build the character of pupils by raising their aspirations in line with the school ethos and characteristics of the house through a wide range of activities designed to encourage them to work together as a house community.


Beatrice Shilling

Beatrice Shilling
  • Developed an interest in motorcycles and used this passion to teach herself about engineering and physics.
  • One of only two female engineering graduates from the University of Manchester in 1932.
  • Thought outside the box to solve a design flaw in Spitfires which helped Britain and the allies to win World War II.
  • Raced motorcycles and cars throughout her life.
  • Appointed an OBE in recognition of her work.
  • Her friends said she was shy and modest, but also very hard-working and determined.


 Ross Brawn

  • Became interested in motor racing and engineering in his early years.
  • In 1971 he became a mechanical craft apprentice at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, Oxfordshire.
  • In 1978 Brawn applied for a position with Frank Williams Grand Prix (known as Williams). He has worked in a variety of Formula One teams since.
  • He has been part of 16 World title winning teams.
  • In January 2017 Ross Brawn was appointed the role of Managing Director, Motor Sports and technical director for Formula One.


James Dyson

  • Sir James Dyson is best known as the inventor of Dual cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, hand dryer and the new type of fan.
  • Dyson had attempted over 5000 prototypes with his bagless hoover until he launched G-force cleaner in 1983.
  • His affinity for both engineering and the arts has made him one of the most creative and imaginative inventors of all time.
  • James Dyson foundation was set up in 2002 to support young people in their education towards engineering, design and creative innovation.
  • He treats failure as a learning experience.


Hedy Lamarr

  • Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.
  • Although Lamarr had no formal training and was primarily self-taught, she worked in her spare time on various hobbies and inventions, which included an improved traffic light.
  • Lamarr’s greatest scientific triumph was intended for the US navy during the second world war, but is now used in modern wireless communication.
  • She was constantly underestimated but persevered.