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Kilbracken

Kilbracken House, 9 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DX
Tel: +44 (0) 1788 556 130  |  Email: kilbracken@rugbyschool.net

ABOUT THE HOUSE
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.

THE HOUSEMASTER

Saul Foulds joined as Housemaster of Kilbracken in September 2017 having previously spent 16 years as a Housemaster, French teacher and Head of Cricket at Forest School in North-East London. He teaches French across the School and is never far from the hockey astros in the winter and the cricket pitches in the summer. Saul’s wife, Becky, is a registrar obstetrician and gynaecologist and she bakes for the boys in the House whenever possible. Their two young sons complete the Foulds family and they take great pleasure in being around the Kilbracken boys whenever possible.

 

THE ASSISTANT HOUSEMASTER

Richard Parker joined the Physics department in 2016, taking up residence in Kilbracken as Assistant Housemaster in 2017. Outside of his pastoral responsibilities he is active in coaching U15 level Hockey, supporting athletics team training, and running the school Robotics Club. Richard is an avid traveller, having begun his teaching career in India where he taught Physics and Mathematics for two years before heading west to the European-Asian border where he spent another two years in Istanbul as a science co-ordinator. In his free time, he enjoys keeping fit, reading and chasing the sun.

Richard is part of the six-strong Kilbracken tutor team who host weekly individual and group tutorial sessions.

MATRON
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.