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Harry Patch

Harry Patch, known as the Last Tommy, was the last British survivor who fought on the Western Front in the First World War. Originally from Somerset, after the war he worked as a plumber and helped to build the University of Bristol. He never talked about the war until the end of the twentieth century when he realised there were so few men left who had fought. He felt he had a duty to share his reflections on the war in which he had fought.

He donated the proceeds of his autobiography to the RNLI and campaigned against the building of a road over a cemetery containing war graves in France. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bristol.


Esprit de corps

The common spirit existing in the members of a group, inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the integrity of the group.


Head of House

Mr Geoff Pugh

As head of Patch House I want to encourage all students to do their best both for themselves and for the house. We can achieve more when we strive to succeed together. Every single member of the house contributes to making us stronger by performing well in lessons and taking part in house events. This is summed up neatly by the house motto, esprit de corps. I want students to value their time at BBA and make the most of the opportunities they have to learn a wide range of subjects and take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Always do the best you can and make every day count: the rest will take care of itself.

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Activities and Competitions

Events Patch House will be involved in this year
Event Term
Macmillan Cake Sale 1
Y7 Team building 1
Children In Need 2
Julian Trust Food Collection 2
P.E House Games 3
World Book day 4
Red Nose Day 4
Charity Non uniform day 5
Year 7 Camp 6
Sports Day 6