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Griffin

Griffin House, 8 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1788 556 331  |  Email: griffin@rugbyschool.net

ABOUT THE HOUSE
Griffin, the smallest boarding house with the largest garden in School, accommodates 43 pupils aged 13-18. Year groups of eight-10 girls enjoy twin bedded rooms for two years followed by three years of single study-bedrooms, with some girls sharing a room for their lower sixth year. Three Common Rooms provide space for relaxation with TV, DVD and kitchen facilities. Griffins make full use of the fitness suite and swimming pool with the house being situated next to the Sports Centre. Throughout the Trinity Term, Griffins picnic on the lawn and host garden events for the rest of the School. The Music Department is a short walk away for rehearsals and regular instrumental practice, and girls who enjoy drama and music-making are fully involved in the annual Rugby School Arts Festival. 

HOUSEMISTRESS

Liz Robinson returned to Griffin House in September 2017, where she was once a tutor, following five years as Assistant Housemistress at Stanley House. Liz lives with her husband Sam, who is a tutor in Michell House, and both Liz and Sam teach in the Biology Department. Liz read Biological Sciences at Durham University before completing a PGCE and a Masters at Exeter University. A keen sportswoman, she has represented a few national teams in her time, as well as cycling across the USA (Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California) and from John O'Groats to Land's End, and running the Paris Marathon!

Liz is heavily involved in the major games programme; taking the U14As for Hockey (reaching the National Finals in 2014), the U16A VII for Netball and also the Girls' Cricket squads (U18, U15 and U14). During Liz's time at Rugby she has had the privilege of supporting and co-leading a number of trips: including sports tours to Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka, a Biology (turtle conservation) trip to Turkey and a Geography trip to Iceland. Liz also likes to be involved in music and sang in the Choral Society last year, but she hopes to brush up on her musical instruments so that she can join one of the many School ensembles in the future.

Max, a Springer Spaniel, is the third ‘Robinson’ who is exceptionally energetic and loves to be made a fuss of. In their free time, Liz and Sam love to travel, watch sport, play music and Liz has a particular passion for baking!

ASSISTANT HOUSEMASTER

Mike Bayly joined Rugby School in September 2017 as Director of Rugby, having previously worked at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town, South Africa as a professional Rugby coach. Mike has a BSc Honours degree in Human Movement Science (Sports Rehabilitation) and taught Biology and Physical Education at the school he once attended, Bishops. Here he coached Rugby, Cricket and Athletics and was an Assistant House Master in a boarding house. He was also actively involved in the JAG Foundation as Director of Coaching, running sports clinics and a Bully-Proof Campaign for underprivileged school children.

Mike initially left the teaching profession to play Rugby professionally. After 66 professional appearances (33 as captain), Mike took up a coaching role. He has 20 years of coaching experience, including seven years at the Bulls Super Rugby Franchise in South Africa. His professional coaching career started in SA with Boland, then two seasons as Head Coach at Rovigo, Italy, before joining Heyneke Meyer at the Bulls, building the team from a struggling franchise to become Super Rugby Champions. During his time they won the Vodacom Cup in 2001, reached five Currie Cup Finals consecutively, celebrated three wins in a row, made it through to two Super Rugby semi-finals in 2005 and 2006, and finally won the Super Rugby Championship in 2007.

Mike recently completed an Ironman and remains active as he believes in being healthy and finding ways to overcome challenges. He will be a support for the girls in Griffin, encouraging and challenging them to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities Rugby School has to offer, both academically and in an extra-curricular sense.  He and his wife, Shayne have a daughter attending university and a son nearing the end of his school career.

MATRON
Liz Hargraves, Griffin matron, has a wealth of experience having been at the heart of all Griffin action since the House opened in 2005. Her apartment is next to the girls’ rooms and she is on call through the night. When the Griffins return from their lessons for morning break, lunch and supper, it is Liz who greets them in. When she goes for her well-deserved once-a-week break to her cottage in a near-by village, Assistant Matron, Sandra Harris, takes over. Sandra supports the girls in any number of ways and she especially enjoys helping them to prepare for special events, such as the annual House drama and music entertainment, Inter-House academic and sport competitions, as well as the regular themed teas.