Kilbracken House, 9 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DX
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Founded in 1841, Kilbracken moved to its current site on Hillbrow 100 years later, as an extension to the former prep school of poet and OR Rupert Brooke. The House is named after the family title of John Arthur Godley, a brilliant classicist at Rugby and Oxford, who went on to become Private Secretary to Gladstone and Under Secretary of State for India, as well as the longest serving Chairman of Governors. Kilbracken enjoys an abundance of space, both inside and outside. The Hillbrow pitches form our front garden, providing the boys with the perfect venue for recreational sports. While a sizable back garden, enclosed by trees, offers a delightful summer haven and venue for barbecues, summer balls and games. The newly opened Collingwood Centre (Rugby School’s Sixth Form Centre) is conveniently located, on the other side of Barby Road. The Sports Centre is also very close by – a short walk across Hillbrow. Kilbracken boys loom large in the school’s life: Kilbracken boys are often captains and secretaries of sport teams, both ‘major’ and ‘minor’, bringing frequent success in House competitions, especially for Rugby, Cricket and Soccer; school drama productions have often had Kilbracken boys in leading roles, while the House play has developed something of a reputation for originality and skill; the Christmas Concert and Blue Note Society often see Kilbracken’s musical abilities in the fore, while the House has something of a reputation for its congregational singing. All of this, and more, are achieved in an unassuming, relaxed and friendly spirit.

Jamie Walker joined Rugby School as Head of Economics and Business Studies in 2012, having previously been employed as Head of Sixth Form at Eltham College (London). He still teaches A level Economics and Business Studies, and is also involved with various sporting teams: hockey, cross-country running, soccer and cricket. Jamie’s wife, Hannah, is a jewellery designer. They have two young daughters, Molly and Olive. Bernard, a German Short-haired Pointer, completes the family.

Assistant Housemaster, David Gillett, is Head of Modern Languages and a very active member of the Rugby School life: coaching Rugby and Athletics; a Platoon Officer in Royal Air Force section of the CCF; a member of various committees (Academic Committee, Guidelines Committee, IT Committee). David lives in an apartment at the Caldecotts end of the House with his wife, Ina, and young son, Max. David is part of the six-strong Kilbracken Tutor team who give individual tutorials at lunchtimes and in the evenings. Parents are in regular contact with the tutors who monitor the boys’ progress and offer support as and when it is necessary. The pastoral and academic wellbeing of all Kilbracken boys is the shared priority of the whole House staff.

Mandy Sheridan, Kilbracken Matron, manages all the domestic staff and deals with any medical matters. Mandy is very approachable and a crucial part of the House. Very little to do with the boys’ health and general state of mind escapes her. Her apartment is located in the middle of the House, next to the boys’ rooms, and she is on call through the night. Her office is directly opposite the boys’ entrance, so it is normally Mandy who greets the boys upon their return. Assistant Matron, Becky Dawson, takes over on Thursdays, Mandy’s well deserved day-off.