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School House

Boarding for boys in Years 9 to Upper Sixth.

Most of School House was built in the 1860s soon after the refounding of Christ College as a modern public school. The headmaster’s original house is now the housemaster accommodation and the original large dormitories have now been converted to single and double rooms. The ground floor contains a large common room (17m x 8m), kitchen area and working room called the ‘Octagon’, originally built as the school kitchen.

As well as being situated in the core of the original school buildings the house sees itself at the heart of all school activities. School House boys play a leading role in the school’s cultural and sporting life. Although many excel in major sports, with a particular tradition in rugby, cricket and cross country, there is always a large contingent of School House boys in the School Play, Chapel Choir, Choral Society and instrumental groups.

Academic work is a high priority and results at GCSE and A Level have been outstanding. School House boys and staff enjoy an easy and open relationship and have a reputation in the school for friendliness. Not surprisingly a large proportion of senior boys hold posts of responsibility within the school. The Housemaster, Mr D Thomas and his wife, Dr S Lowthe-Thomas live in the house with their two children. Each tutor has a responsibility for a particular year group and a key role is the close supervision of each boy’s academic progress as well as support for the individual’s extra-curricular activities.

There is a team of long-serving, caring domestic staff who keep the building and boys’ clothes clean. There is also a laundry where boys may do their own washing. In 2009 School House benefited from a significant refurbishment. We have opened out of a number small rooms and corridors to enable us to provide a single large Common Room for the entire house with an upgraded kitchen facility. This has allowed us to also provide a better area for quiet study as well as a new music practice room and computer room. Allied to this we have also provided a better ground floor changing room area.

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