The House system at William Farr has six houses and is coordinated by a team of staff. Every student belongs to a house as do members of staff. Houses compete in a variety of sporting and cultural competitions throughout the year and also gain points through the academic and social 'merit' systems.
Each house is run by two sixth form students as Heads of House who are appointed at the start of the summer term of year 12 and are in post for one academic year. Within the houses each year group elects male and female captains and vice captains who organise teams for events and monitor the participation of members of their house. The programme of events is discussed and determined by the Heads of House who try to ensure balance and variety within the competition.
Each year there is a range of house events including quizzes, football, badminton and sports day. There is also one large house event every year on a three year cycle - enterprise, arts and crafts and performing arts.
These are the standings at December 2019: