"The School is divided into 4 Houses, which have distinctive colours and coats of arms and compete each year in all branches of School work and recreation."
(From the School Prospectus of the late 1930s)

House Notes
House Dramatics
- - Pupils' Houses
 --House Masters and Mistresses 

HGS Houses: Guest, Holgate, Price and Talbot

I think that of all the House reports I have typed, the 1950 set actually put into words what the House system was trying to achieve at HGS. 
a. A good standard of behaviour in School.
b. sense of "team spirit" within each House. Helping one another to achieve a desired outcome.
c. A "bonding" of certain member-teachers to the pupils within each House.
d. The inclusion of the many and varied talents of the pupils (music, sports, drama etc) to form a common goal - winning the Challenge Cup.
e. The realisation that whatever your behaviour in School, your quarter of the school's population would either suffer the consequences of it, or share in its credit.
f. The knowledge that everything each pupil did in School was open to scrutiny by one's peers and superiors, and encouragement or despair would be expressed.
g. The openly expressed belief that competition would drive up standards.
Have I missed anything?

Sheila Kelsall 

Extracts from the site:


1922: Holgate 

By the time the children and Staff were back at work after their Christmas holiday, the Governors were discussing the tricky matter of a cup or shield for the Holgate House of the school, and also their adoption and use of the Holgate Grammar School's Coat of Arms. Apparently, an application for funds had been made to the Trustees of Barnsley's Holgate Foundation, and not surprisingly, a negative response had been received. The Trustees 'regretfully' blamed the Charity Commissioners for not allowing the funds of the charity to be used for Hemsworth's purposes, and stated that although they had no objection to Hemsworth's use of the Coat of Arms, this must not be taken as authority to use it, as this would probably rest with the Governors of the Grammar School.


1923: Sports

Points gained by the pupils in the sports were added to those gained for work and conduct during the ordinary school routine, and at the end of the summer term would decide which of the two Houses should be awarded the "Talbot" shield. In keeping with the motto of the school, "Labor Ipse Voluptas" (find pleasure in the work itself), the only 'prizes' given to the winners of the events were the points gained for the pupils' respective Houses.