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Town House, 14 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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William Webb Ellis, the boy who ‘with a fine disregard for the rules, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it’ was a member of Town House. That ‘go for it’ spirit remains among the Town boys today and they are keen to rise to a challenge.

In fact, a talented and committed group, they make the most of every opportunity and you can find Town boys at the heart of our School’s artistic, sporting, and musical life.

A hugely popular House, it is the largest in the School, with just over 100 ambitious boys, who are at the same time respectful and supportive of their peers. It is an inclusive, friendly place full of fun and laughter, where lifelong friends are made, and impressive academic results are achieved that lead to first-class life opportunities.


Andrew Chessell joined Rugby School as Director of Drama in 2012 after eight years at Uppingham School where he was both Head of Department and a senior tutor in a boys’ house. He has previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. He has an MSc. in Educational Leadership, and whilst at Rugby, he has been a tutor in both Dean and School Field. In 2016, he became Rugby School’s first Artistic Director and helped oversee The Festival on The Close in 2017. A keen sportsman, he has run numerous soccer teams and has regularly led school ski trips to both Europe and North America. He is married to Rachel, a university senior lecturer in Education, and they have two sons, Abe and Hal.

Deputy Housemaster

Mark joined Rugby in 2017 after returning from Sydney, Australia where he was Head of Science at Cranbrook School. Prior to that he was the Head of Chemistry at Haileybury College and a chemistry teacher at Abingdon School. Mark was educated at Oxford where he completed a four year Masters in Chemistry as well as a PGCE. A keen sportsman, Mark is involved in many aspects of sport at the School coaching rugby, hockey, tennis and clay pigeon shooting. Having played competitive team sports when he was a little younger, he is now more likely to be found out on a bike or training for triathlons. He completed a marathon and an Ironman in 2018. Mark is also a keen adventurer having organised trips to climb Kilimanjaro and a trek across the Sinai desert. He has also cycled unsupported from London to Croatia and back, as well as around Iceland. Mark is married to Tory, a consultant anaesthetist, and their first baby boy was born in May this year.