The House structure at Rugby is central to our strong sense of community.
Ideas flourish best where they were originated and it was our inspired Head Master, Dr Arnold, who initiated the boarding house system to ensure exceptional pastoral care and provide the ideal social environment in which young people could thrive.
Much copied but never bettered, Rugby's 200 years of experience has resulted in a genuine and uncompromised care plan which supports every single student.
There are now 16 Houses at Rugby, each with their own unique character, in different locations and of varying sizes, but all offering a true home away from home, a real family to which every pupil belongs and is rightly proud of. The ethos at Rugby that the whole person is the whole point is undeniably apparent within a House structure which reflects the experience of our past and the plans for our future.
The role of Housemaster or mistress as head of the ‘family’ is to create and maintain a happy and balanced home with the able support of their assistant and the Matron, who importantly are all resident. Totally committed to the wellbeing of their young people, this nucleus of staff provides 24 hour care that is second to none. In addition to the core resident staff are a deputy matron and five or six tutors - teachers who are assigned to further support a small group of pupils each - both pastorally and academically, formally and informally. Each tutor is House-based and part of the wider family group, sharing information to ensure there is always comprehensive knowledge of each pupil within their care.
And at the very core of each family is Rugby’s long tradition of in-House dining, the heart of the ‘home’, bringing pupils and staff together for three meals every day within a sociable and inclusive atmosphere. Each House also has its own chef, assistant chef, cleaners and gardeners extending the network of adult support even further - everyone has the best interests of the pupils at heart whatever their job may be.
We also have Thomas Arnold to thank for the creation of the ‘Levee’, copied by other schools as ‘prefects’, who are a team of XX (upper sixth form) pupils chosen to support their younger counterparts and lead by example. These key students, along with the rest of the Upper School pupils, act as older ‘siblings’, assisting their younger peers from the heartfelt position of one ‘who has been there’.
The result of this considerable investment in each and every House is happy, secure and quietly confident young people who know they really matter - a key reason why so many Old Rugbeians choose to send their own sons and daughters to Rugby.
Each and every House is different on the outside and the inside. Their location, their layout and their history make them delightfully individual, but along with their beautiful gardens, stunning dining rooms and open communal spaces beats the heart of the Rugby community.
Strong and true, it has yet to be bettered by another. So whichever House a pupil joins, he or she will experience the Rugby family with a sense of belonging, support and a lot of fun along the way.
Each believes their House is the best, and rightly so. Pupils have a motto at Rugby - you play for your School, but you die for your House. Family first.