The word Equipe is French for ‘team’ and each student will be placed into one of the four Equipes. The Equipes give the students a community and sense of identity within the College and they allow their endeavours to be rewarded with points towards The Vine Cup, our overall Equipe championship.
The Vine Cup is named after the founder of the Equipes, Mr E Vine, and is awarded to the Equipe with the most points at the end of each academic year. As such, it represents the hard work and dedication of all students throughout the entire year and is the ultimate prize across the College. Every other Equipe competition contributes points to the overall standings in the Vine Cup. These were initially only sports based competitions, but have been complemented by many other types, including commendations, a quiz, and artistic competitions such as performing arts, songwriting, photography, and design.
The old trophy was replaced with a larger one in 2015 in response to the increasing importance of the Equipes at Hockerill. After leading Brunel for eight years, Mr G Dinwiddy was appointed Head of Equipes in 2021 with each Equipe now led by a pair of Sixth Formers: a Head and Deputy Head of Equipe.
As part of these changes and to better reflect the diverse community we live and work in, the names of the Equipes were renamed in 2021 to: Bader Ginsburg, Mandela, Seacole, Seacole, and Turing.