Student Houses

Here at St Thomas More, our students and staff are divided into 3 Houses.

As a catholic school, we strive to be like Christ in everything we do and say.  To that end, our 3 houses are names for 3 Saints, who also devoted their lives to be like Christ.

They are:

Meet the House Captains

Freddie, Live, Sam, Leah, George & Amy

St Bede the Venerable

St Columba of Iona

St Francis of Assisi

St Bede the Venerable

St Bede House Captains

St Bede was an English Saint who lived from 673AD – 735AD.

He was a member of the Order of St Benedict (Benedictine) and no spent a lot of his life in a monastery devoted to prayer and study.

He loved to learn He is well known as an author, teacher and scholar, his most famous work; “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” gained him the title “The Father of English History“.

Bede was also named ‘doctor of the Church’. A very prestigious title that not many saints have achieved, he is the only native of Great Britain to be given this title.

He is Patron Saint of Historians, English Writers and one of the Patrons of England.


Members of Bede house will every week in their form time, pray the prayer that St Bede wrote himself:

O Christ, our Morning Star,

Splendour of Light Eternal,

shining with the glory of the rainbow,

come and waken us from the greyness of our boredom,

and renew in us your gift of hope.


St Bede… Pray for us

St Columba of Iona

St Columba House Captains

St Columba was an Irish born Saint who lived from 521AD – 597AD.

Much like St Bede, Columba also lived a monastic life. He would later become an abbot and create his own monastery on the island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland.

He is often credited as the man who bought Christ to Scotland and became a key diplomat between Gaelic settlers and the native Picts.

According to legend, he banished a ferocious “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness after it had killed a Pict and then tried to attack Columba’s disciple. To some, this was the start of the legends of the Loch ness monster

He is Patron Saint of Poets, Diplomats, and is considered one of the Patrons of Ireland and Scotland.


Members of Columba house will every week in their form time, pray the psalm (or poem) that St Columba wrote:

Be a bright flame before me, O God, a guiding star above me.

Be a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me

today, tonight, and for ever. Alone with none but you,

my God, I journey on my way;

what need I fear when you are near, O Lord of night and day?

More secure am I within your hand, than if an army around me stand.


St Columba … Pray for us.

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis House Captains

St Francis was born in the town of Assisi in Italy, and lived from 1181AD – 1226AD.

He was the son of a rich merchant in the town, and had all the comforts that life could offer. One day, whilst visiting the ruined church at ‘San Damiano’ about a mile outside of Assisi, Christ spoke to him from the Crucifix hanging in the church, saying: “Francis, my church is in ruins, rebuild my church”.

From that moment Francis began a mission of renewal. He gave his life to Christ, giving away all his possessions, money and clothes. He became poor as Christ was, and began to look for and share the simple joys he found in the world. Through creation, nature, the poor and even animals. He was even known to preach the Gospel to not only crowds of people, but to animals too.

He started the first Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) and the Order of St Clare (Poor Clares). He is also credited as the creator of the first nativity set and is the name sake of our current Pope Francis I.

He is Patron Saint of Animals, Creation, Ecology, the Environment, merchants and is one of the patrons of Italy.


Members of Francis house will every week in their form time, pray the most famous prayer that St Francis wrote:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow LOVE;

where there is injury, PARDON; where there is doubt, FAITH;

where there is despair, HOPE; where there is darkness, LIGHT;

where there is sadness, JOY.

St Francis… Pray For us