On admission to Trinity Catholic College, your child will be allocated to one of four houses as part of the college’s Pastoral System. Each house has been named after a Saint whose life was dedicated to the Catholic faith and very closely connected to our local region. Your child’s house will be recognised by the coloured stripe incorporated into the college tie.
Clitherow House – Yellow
Margaret Middleton was born a Protestant in York in 1556 and married John Clitherow in 1571. They had three children, one of whom Henry, trained and became a Catholic Priest. In 1574, aged 18 years, she converted to Roman Catholicism and held regular masses in secret in her home in The Shambles in York. Margaret was arrested in 1586 for the then crime of ‘harbouring Catholic Priests, ‘ she was executed on Good Friday of that same year. Margaret Clitherow was canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI and has a Feast Day to remember her by on March 26th.
Fisher House – Red
John Fisher was born at Beverley, near Hull, in the mid 1400’s. He was a highly educated man and in 1491 became Vicar of Northallerton. He resigned as vicar in 1494 and went on to hold various posts throughout Cambridge University which eventually led to him becoming tutor to Prince Henry who was later crowned King Henry VIII. When Henry tried to divorce from Queen Catherine, John Fisher became her chief supporter. It was his refusal to recognise the divorce from Catherine and the marriage to Anne Boleyn and subsequently his further refusal to recognise Henry as Head of the Church that led to his trial on a charge of treason. He was found guilty and beheaded on Tower Hill on 22nd June 1535. John Fisher was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Bede House – Blue
Bede was born around the year 673 in Wearmouth, Northumbria. At the age of 7 he was sent to live at the monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow to be raised as a monk. He was eventually ordained a priest and spent time studying and writing about religious themes. In 731 he completed the work ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ which traced the history of England since the Roman occupation. His many works give historians today the most substantial insight into life in England before the 8th century. Venerable Bede died on the 26th May 735 and is believed to be buried in Durham Cathedral. He was canonized in 1899 by Pope Leo XIII.
Hilda House – Green
Hild (Anglo Saxon meaning ‘battle’) was born in 614AD in Northumbria She was a great niece of Edwin, King of Northumbria and lived as part of his court. Christianity in England was still fairly young and many of Hilda’s family were pagans. In time, Hilda was inspired by the teachings of Bishop Aiden who built the monastery on Holy Island. She became a nun and Aiden made her Abbess Of Heretu (Hartlepool). She grew up in a time when England was ruled by more than one king and many feuds and battles took place. It was following his success in one such battle that King Oswy offered Hilda a choice of land to build a monastery; she chose Streonshalh (Anglo Saxon name for Whitby). Lady Hilda died in the year 680AD.
Postgate House – Purple
Nicholas Postgate was born in 1599 at Egton Bridge, 8 miles up the River Esk from Whitby. During his long life, his particular form of Christianity was outlawed and he and many others had to worship in secret. In 1621 he went to France to train as a priest and returned, fully ordained in 1630. For the next 30 years he travelled across most of Yorkshire to preach, from Bradford to Hull and Richmond, before returning to live at Ugthorpe near Whitby for the next 20 years. He still preached all over the North York Moors and his bravery was unquestioned, as he moved around the area hiding from the law and yet holding well attended Christian services in secret places throughout the dales. In 1679 he was caught and taken to the City of York for trial. Found guilty he was hung, drawn and quartered, aged 82 and one of the last martyrs in England to be executed for ‘treason’ against the state religion.