Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke House, 16 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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Rupert Brooke was created as a boarding House from an original row of four town houses built in the 1860-70s. It opened as a girls' Sixth Form House in 1988 under the leadership of Stephen Drew who had masterminded the Rupert Brooke Centenary celebrations the year before. The design of the House, with mixed years along the corridors, creates a friendly atmosphere, which has contributed to its reputation for warm hospitality. Girls share rooms for the first two years – with up to four sharing in the first year and just two in the second year. From Year 11, all girls have their own study bedrooms.

Girls in the House enjoy our communal spaces which includes two kitchenettes, three common rooms and a ‘chill-out zone’ with newly refurbished areas added in Summer 2016, along with other improvements to study bedrooms and re-decoration.

In Advent 2016, a ‘House Family’ system was introduced at Rupert Brooke whereby each girl is organised into a ‘family’ of ten which contains two girls from each year. House family meetings take place each term and the ‘families’ also meet for more informal social occasions. The system encourages integration between years and, together with the adult team, ensure all our girls feel fully supported.

Centrally located on Horton Crescent, Rupert Brooke is opposite the new Modern Languages Department and close to both the Sports’ Centre and the Music Schools. This convenient location is great for our girls who are excellent at immersing themselves in School life. Regular House trips are popular, which in the past have included visits to the theatre, ice hockey and Laser Quest.

When at Cambridge, the House namesake, Rupert Brooke, wrote: 'I had been happier at Rugby than I can find words to say. As I looked back at five years I seemed to see almost every hour golden and radiant, and always increasing in beauty...’ We are delighted to say our girls say the same.


Katie Hollings joined Rugby in 2006 as a History Teacher, arriving directly from Durham where she studied as an undergraduate. A keen sportswoman, Katie has also fully contributed to the games programme at Rugby, running both the girls’ and boys’ hockey ‘A’ teams at U15 and U16 level. She has managed the girls’ tennis for the past nine years and also coached the girls’ 1st VI. Katie spent three years as Residential Tutor in Tudor before becoming Assistant Housemistress in Rupert Brooke, a post she held for six years. Outside of School Katie enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.



Omar Gardner joined Rugby School in September 2014, having previously worked as a science teacher in Liverpool and as a management consultant at PWC. Omar teaches Physics at Rugby, having secured a Masters in Astrophysics from UCL and a PGCE from Liverpool John Moores University.  Omar coaches rugby, soccer and tennis, he belongs to the CCF and enjoys the occasional wet weekend camping as part of the E block Duke of Edinburgh scheme. In 2015, Omar led 16 students on an expedition to Bolivia (avoiding the fried guinea pig) and is currently organising the next expedition to Madagascar in 2017. In the holidays, Omar enjoys travelling the world, having driven a one litre Skoda from London to Mongolia for charity.


Teresa Summersgill has enjoyed a long relationship with Rugby School, first working here aged 13 as a weekend cleaner and catering assistant. Having raised her own family to adulthood Teresa thought it an ideal time to become a matron and was duly appointed in January 2014. She helps maintain the warm environment of the House, whether that be through helping the new arrivals to settle in or baking her legendary cookies twice a week. Teresa is married to our chef manager, John, and together they make sure that the girls get plenty of good food to eat.