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Whitelaw House, 4 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5DE
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Whitelaw House is one of the oldest boarding Houses, standing in impressive grounds at the heart of the School. As we are the largest of the boys’ boarding Houses it allows us to excel in a number of different aspects of School life, as well as enjoy facilities that compare favourably with other Houses within the School campus.

The main House accommodates the vast majority of the boys, who start off life in a dorm and their own separate study, progressing the following year into spacious twin rooms as well as single study bedrooms. All boys have single study bedrooms in the D block (Yr 11) and the lower sixth. Once they progress to the upper sixth, the senior boys enjoy their own kitchen, common room and single study bedrooms within ‘the Link’. This feature is unique to Whitelaw, and is slightly separate from the main House and yet still a part of it – after all, they are helping me to organise the rest of the House in their role as senior prefects. Their tasks include helping keep the common rooms for each year group tidy! Whitelaw’s happy and friendly atmosphere fosters a reputation for welcoming boys with a wide range of interests and talents, be they academic, sporting, musical or artistic. It is very important to us that each individual feels valued and we instil those fine virtues of consideration, humility and respect for each other during their time here at Rugby.

The desire to give of one’s best for individual success and for the collective good of the House continue to typify today’s Whitelaw boy. We aim to give the boys confidence but never arrogance. When the boys leave Whitelaw they are going to be judged on what they are and can do, not where they came from. However, we also hope that they leave us with what will be some of the happiest memories of their lives, and having made friends to last a lifetime.

For a true flavour of the House from the boys themselves, click on the links below to read the House newsletter Whitelaw Waffler.

The Housemaster

Chris Evans became Housemaster of Whitelaw in September 2014. Chris decided to pursue a career in teaching when he realised that he was not good enough to earn a living from playing football! He gained his BA Hons degree in Geography from Manchester and a PGCE from Aberystwyth University. Chris was Head of Geography for more than 15 years and in this time he has led hundreds of lower school students to various UK national parks and sixth formers to Barcelona! He has also organised and led trips/expeditions to the USA and Iceland. In terms of pastoral commitments, Chris initially tutored in Stanley House for four years, before moving towards boys boarding at Kilbracken House then Ahm in Michell House for seven years. A keen sportsman who tries his best to keep fit, he has helped coach some of the senior rugby teams in the Advent Term, and organised the 1st XI soccer trip to Valencia in December 2013. He can also be found at the town track with the School Athletics team during the Trinity Term. Chris lives at Whitelaw with his wife Debbie and their two boys, Ryan and Rhodri.

The Deputy Housemaster

Paul Teeton joined Whitelaw House with his family some four years ago as a resident tutor. He lives with his wife Elizabeth and their four young children in Horton House, which is physically attached to Whitelaw. Paul is head of the Politics and International Relations Department, and in addition, coaches a wide range of sports ranging from Rugby football, to hockey and sailing. His wife, Elizabeth, is a tutor in Town House and teaches PSHE throughout the School.


Julie Zettel joined Whitelaw House as Matron in September 2018.  She lives on site with her partner Jim and their two West Highland Terriers, Freddie and Frisky. Julie has previously worked as matron in Tudor House and also secretary in Stanley and Sheriff Houses. She is keen to help the Housemaster settle new boys into school life and to create a happy and well-disciplined atmosphere. She cares for boys with minor illnesses and supports their general welfare, ensuring the House runs smoothly on a daily basis. Julie cheers on the boys in House and School events and her ‘open door’ policy encourages the boys to feel they can talk to her at any time. In her spare time she likes to get creative with her sewing machine, to read and walk the dogs.