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Sheriff House, 7 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DU
Tel: +44 (0) 1788 556 180  |  Email:


Sheriff is home for 55 boys aged between 13 and 18 at Rugby School. Maurice Monteith is the Housemaster, and lives in Sheriff with his family. Sam Pointon (Old Rugbeian) is the Deputy Housemaster (also 1st XV Head Coach),  Clare Bowes is the resident Matron, who is ably assisted by Angela McGovarin (Deputy Matron). In total, more than 20 members of staff work together in Sheriff to look after the boys.

In September 2020, a major 18-month programme of renovation and refurbishment was completed in Sheriff. The work has been done sensitively to preserve the charm and character of this fine 1930’s building, whilst providing the boys with first-class boarding accommodation and facilities.  Sheriff sits in beautiful grounds in close proximity to other boarding houses, the Sports centre and pitches, the Science Schools and the Collingwood Centre. Sheriff is located within a 5-minute walk of the town centre or to the countryside.

The F Block (Year 9) boys sleep in two dorms (5 in each) on the first floor with adjacent bathrooms (4), boot room and library. There are mid-height partition walls within the dormitories to provide each boy with a good degree of privacy whilst keeping them all together. The new boys do their prep together in their large, ground floor study room, which provides ample room for collaboration and helps with their organisation. The F Block boys really enjoy their first year together in the dormitories, which provide them with a perfect opportunity to bond and learn to live together.

After the first year, the Sheriff boys have spacious, well-equipped, single study bedrooms. The LXX (Year 12) and XX (Year 13) boys are located on the second floor and there are 12 new en-suite rooms for the XX. In addition, there is a large study bedroom on the ground floor with enhanced accessibility amenities. There are 7 well-equipped kitchens throughout the house for the boys to prepare snacks if they wish, and 6 common rooms to socialise in, including the new atrium that opens on to the central quad, which is equipped with table tennis tables and garden seating. There is also a pool room, tutors’ room and a music room, where the boys can practise their instruments. The boys and staff eat together in the splendid, panelled dining room, which has a new kitchen and servery. The expansive house garden provides a perfect arena for boys of all ages to play together in their free time.


Maurice gained a BSc (Hons) in Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University followed by a PGCE at Loughborough University. He joined Rugby School in 2007 as Head of Biology after teaching for 13 years at St Peter’s School in York. During his time in York, Maurice accrued much experience in pastoral care, firstly as an assistant boarding Housemaster, then as a Housemaster of a co-educational day house and finally as a boarding Housemaster for 5 years. Maurice was appointed as Housemaster of Sheriff in 2014.  Outside the classroom, he enjoys coaching and refereeing rugby football, along with F Block hockey and cricket. In addition, Maurice is the Educational Visits Co-ordinator, overseeing all domestic and overseas school trips at Rugby. Maurice lives in Sheriff with his wife, Ellie, who teaches at a local prep school, and their three children: Abigail, who is in the sixth form at Rugby School, and Bexie and Archie, who both attend Bilton Grange Preparatory School. Boomer is the family’s Labrador, who is named after the Chapel bell at Rugby.

Deputy Housemaster

After graduating Loughborough University in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Sports Technology and a Masters degree in Sport Coaching, Sam Pointon (Town, 07-12) joined Rugby School as XV Head Coach and Sports Performance Analyst. Sam’s passion for sport, especially Rugby Football, shows him coaching all age groups throughout the school but with particular focus on the XV. Additionally to the coaching aspect, Sam also is the Sports Performance Analyst at Rugby School which sees him taking the lead on many sports science interventions, including: video analysis, daily player monitoring and analysing GPS data.

In September 2019, Sam was appointed as Deputy Housemaster of Sheriff. As an Old Rugbeian, Sam is in a unique position to provide support and assistance in the boarding house. Alongside these roles at Rugby School, Sam is also continuing to play semi-professional rugby for Birmingham Moseley RFC who play in National League One.


Clare joined Sheriff in 2017. She is married to Dean and has two grown up daughters, Eleanor and Chloe. Her previous roles have included working as a teaching assistant and special needs assistant at a local primary school.

Clare enjoys supporting the boys while away from home and has built good relationships with them.  Away from school, her interests include reading and family holidays.




Hm: M A Monteith
7 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DU
Tel: 556 180
Email: sheriff@