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The house system at SET Ixworth School commemorates the challenges and achievements of four heroes who embody the 6Cs:

Katherine Coleman (1918 – 2020)

Born in 1918, West Virginia, USA, Katherine Coleman (later Johnson) was a unique, talented and committed mathematician who calculated the flight paths of many spacecraft over three decades with the U.S. space programme. Katherine helped NASA put an astronaut into orbit around the earth and then man on the moon.

Our students’ quotes:

During the time that she worked with NASA, most of its workforce was white and a large number of them were men. I think that she showed confidence and challenge because she had to overcome racism and sexism throughout her career.

She was supporting the community of her country by working on project that they were all very roud of and invested in.


Captain Tom Moore (1920 – present)

Born in 1920, Tom Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for World War Two, rising to the rank of captain. He served in India and Burma.

A centenarian, Captain Tom Moore is known for his commitment and achievements raising money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our student quote:

He helped the community by raising money for the NHS and he brought the UK together as a community.


Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Mandela is celebrated as having been the most significant black leader in South Africa. He was committed to his beliefs and, despite facing many challenges, consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.

Our student quote:

He changed Africa for the better and was the first black President of South Africa.


Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1920)

Florence Nightingale, born in 1820, was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician who is best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her expereinces as a nurse in the challenging environment of the Crimean War inspired her commitment to the importance of sanitation.

Nightingale became known as “The Lady with the Lamp,” from her evening ward rounds to attend to the British soldiers’ physical and psychological needs.

Our student quote:

Nightingale worked long days and through the night. During recent events, nurses worked long hours and through the night to save lives. I have chosen Nightingale as she was a good role model for all of the 6Cs.

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