The decision to name one of our houses ‘Malala’ was inspired by her dedication to fighting the cause for education being a universal right for any child. Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education. On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, she was injured after a Taliban gunman attempted to murder her. The murder attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Malala. Since recovering, she has become a prominent education activist. In 2014, she was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Aged 17 at the time, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
The decision to name one of our Houses ‘Attenborough’ was in honour of Sir David Attenborough, an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series where he studies animal and plant life on the planet. He is currently the only person to have won BAFTA awards for programmes shown in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D. Attenborough is widely considered a ‘national treasure’ in Britain. In 2002 he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC.
Muhammad Ali House
The decision to name one of our Houses ‘Muhammad Ali’ was inspired by the influence he has had in the sporting world. Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. Ali is considered to be one of the leading heavyweight boxers of the 20th century. He remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion, having won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. He was ranked as the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. He also set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement and, after retiring from the world of boxing, he dedicated the rest of his life to charitable work.
The decision to name one of our Houses ‘Rowling’ was inspired by the influence she has had on literacy for young children, as well as the vast amount of charity work she has been involved in. Joanne Kathleen Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Harry Potter books have become the best-selling book series in history. Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. In October 2010, Rowling was named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" for her contribution to writing and her charitable donations and activism.