Our House System
The House System at East Point Academy is named after the Lowestoft Scores, which form a unique part of our town’s history. The scores are a series of narrow lanes and steep pathways running from the High Street to the site of the town's former beach village. They formed a link between the town, which was built on a cliff, and the village, which had developed as a result of the fishing industry. The Scores were once full of the sights, sounds (and smells!) of the port's booming fishing industry and form a major part of Lowestoft's heritage.
Crown House - Resilience
The Crown Score got its name because of the Crown Hotel, which is located on the High Street at the score's top end. This score has 48 steps, and is made of brick and pebble walls which are signature to
this part of the country.
The score is also home to the ‘Invasion of the Crabs’ sculpture by Paul Amey, a local artist. The design is meant to suggest that the crabs, having escaped the fishmonger’s slab, are threatening an assault on the High Street. The escape of the crabs, despite their impending death, links to our key value of resilience. When our students encounter difficult situations or seemingly impossible challenges, we will help them to demonstrate resilience and not be set back.
Wilde House - Aspiration
This score is named after the Wilde family who lived in the Flint House from 1588. In the 1740s, John Wilde left money for the building of a school behind the house for the free education of boys from the families of fishermen. He nominated a minister and churchwardens to use the rents from his property to appoint a schoolmaster to teach 40 boys reading, writing, arithmetic and Latin. Any extra money was used to repair the schoolhouse and relieve the poor. A school remained there until WWII when it was bombed.
Wilde’s commitment to providing free education in Lowestoft links to our key value of aspiration. We want our students to develop their horizons, try new experiences, and set ambitious goals for their futures. Wilde allowed the sons of fishermen to have these opportunities almost 300 years ago, and we endeavour to do the same for students at East Point Academy.
Mariners House - Independence
At the top of this score used to be the Swann Inn. This is the famous inn where Oliver Cromwell stayed in 1643, during the English Civil War, when he visited the town to root out the Royalists. Oliver Cromwell eventually led the Parliamentarians to victory in the English Civil War. He was a political and military leader, serving ultimately as ‘Lord Protector’ of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Whilst people might debate today whether he was a hero or a villain, he fought for the commonwealth to be free from rule by a tyrant, and for the independence of Parliament. Cromwell also encouraged people to worship freely and think according to their conscience, rather than by what was forced upon them. These beliefs demonstrate our key value of independence. At East Point Academy we encourage pupils to think and act for themselves, and to understand what their decisions mean.
Cromwell was an ordinary person who became the head of state through his own merits – which he believed all people should be rewarded for. We too recognise and praise the merits of all of our students.
Ravine House - Respect
This score is best viewed from the impressive Victorian footbridge that connects Bellevue Park with North Parade. The footbridge was presented in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 by William Youngman - the first Mayor of Lowestoft. William Youngman paid for the bridge entirely on his own, rather than using public funds for the project.
For Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Youngman decided to gift a Children’s Wing to the Lowestoft Hospital, which opened in May 1898. This had 6 cots, and two additional beds which could be used for isolation. The facility was advanced for the time, and provided necessary local care for the children of Lowestoft.
Not only did Youngman demonstrate deep admiration for Queen Victoria, but he himself was greatly respected for his contributions to Lowestoft. At East Point academy we encourage this key value of respect. Students are given respect and supported within their school community. They are taught to respect themselves, to respect each other, and to respect their environment.