Sheriff House, 7 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DU
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The House was purpose-built in 1930 and named after Lawrence Sheriff, the founder of the School. It is spacious inside with three common rooms, a large Tutors' area, a library, games area and music practice room . All the boys have their own study bedroom from the E Block (Year 10) upwards. In the F Block (Year 9), the boys sleep in two small dormitories of five and have their own study downstairs for work. Sheriff has a large and attractive central quad, which is used for barbeques and social time whenever the weather allows, and a huge back lawn, which is a regular venue for mass games of House football. All boys are encouraged to participate and persevere; to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of those around them and to understand that the good reputation of the House is built upon their actions. Ultimately, if a pupil leaves Sheriff without regrets about missed opportunities, but with happy memories and long-lasting friendships, we will have succeeded.

Maurice Monteith joined Rugby School in 2007 as Head of Biology. Outside the classroom, he coaches the U14A rugby football team, along with boys’ hockey and cricket. He also organises the 2AA programme of activities for E Block pupils on Thursday afternoons and is a trained Child Protection Officer. As a Governor of a prep school, he has a specific responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding. Prior to moving to Rugby School, Maurice taught Biology at St Peter’s School in York for 13 years. During this time in York, he gained much experience of 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 five years. He also found time to run a plethora of music, ski and sports tours and coached the winners of the national U15 Daily Mail Cup in rugby football.Maurice lives at Sheriff with his wife, Ellie, who is also very experienced in boarding education and currently teaches at a local prep school in Rugby. They have three children, Abigail, Rebecca and Archie. 

After a few years as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy Dan McLean read Theology at Oriel College, Oxford, alongside singing in the choir and rowing. His love of the subject led him to start teaching and now, six years on, he loves it just as much. At Rugby School Dan is Head of Philosophy and Theology and Assistant Housemaster of Sheriff, easily the best house in the school! He says the variety of life here is what makes it so exciting; Dan is also Master in Charge of Polo and Officer in Charge of the CCF Corps of Drums. As he says, 'In true British Olympic style I enjoy sports that involve sitting down (rowing, sailing and polo),' as well as walking his two dogs, playing the flute and bagpipes and doing part-time postgraduate research in late mediaeval monastic Theology

Sally Downing, Matron of Sheriff House for the past five years, says: "I thoroughly enjoy my job and love caring for the boys. I am supported by my husband Paul who is a retired chief fire officer and is fondly known as ‘boy 54’!  Duke, our two year old black Labrador, is also a big part of the House and we enjoy travelling, camping and going for long walks. We have four grown up girls; one of whom boarded here at School so I do understand what it is like to be a Rugby parent as well as a matron. The best part of my job is watching the boys grow and develop and leave Sheriff after five years as fine young men!"