Michell House, 3 Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5DB
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The Michell House building is situated opposite the Music Schools and the Temple Speech Room, and close to the Old Quad and the Chapel. Michell House was purpose-built and paid for by the Housemaster at the time, WG Michell, who sold it to the School on his retirement. Notable old boys include Dick Seaman, winner of the 1938 German Grand Prix, Robert Hardy and AN Wilson. Michell House is built around a newly-surfaced quad used by all years for various games throughout the year; the front garden, formerly a grass tennis court, is used extensively in the summer for all manner of ball games. Each year group has their own common room; available to all boys in the House is a snooker room and, adjacent to the communal kitchen, a projector room with four large sofas. There is also a tranquil and fruitful orchard at the back of the House.

Michell House has been noted in recent years for success in the sporting arena, particularly in athletics and soccer, but there are also a good number of academic and music scholars in the House; Michell is a House where diversity, openness and friendship are encouraged and where pupils flourish in an all-round sense.

The House is wonderfully served by a dedicated team of tutors, matrons, caterers and other House staff. Each tutor monitors the progress of a year group of around 10 tutees; naturally, the boys develop very strong relationships with the House staff during their Rugby School career.

Pupils in the F Block (1st year) have their own private study on the ground floor, adjacent to the Housemaster, while sharing sleeping accommodation in one of the two dormitories upstairs. Pupils in the E Block (2nd year) and above have their own study bedroom, but with their peers in the same vicinity, such is the pragmatic and effective layout of the building. Senior prefects in the House have the use of the largest study bedrooms, on the ground floor.

Above all, Michell House is a warm, friendly place where boys are happy, where they eat, sleep, work, rest and play harmoniously and where they are provided with the best possible opportunity to fulfil their potential in every area of school life.

Tim Day was educated at Rugby (Town House 1983-88) before spending a gap year on the staff at Holmwood House, Colchester. He subsequently read Classics at the University of Liverpool and trained as a teacher of Classics with Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. Tim taught Classics at Norwich School for 13 years where he was Housemaster of a day house, Head of cricket and 1st XV rugby football coach. Tim met his wife Lucy in Norwich; they have three children, Alice, James and Theo, the older two of whom are current pupils at Rugby School.

Tim moved to Rugby in 2006 as a teacher of Classics before taking up residence in Whitelaw House as Assistant Housemaster in 2007. Outside the classroom, he is an active all-round schoolmaster. He coaches U16 rugby and U14 cricket as well as helping to lead the army section of the CCF. A lifelong prop forward at many and various clubs, Tim focuses more on his refereeing these days, while his other major interests are record collecting, particularly 60s singles, and supporting county cricket, primarily Leicestershire CCC. Tim moved to Michell in 2009.

Carol Givens has a wealth of experience, having been at the heart of all Michell action since she joined the House in 2007. A life-long supporter of Northampton Saints RFC, Carol also likes the outdoors and gardening; she enjoys creating her new garden at her cottage in Northamptonshire, to which she retreats during holidays. Carol came to Michell from a background in catering, having worked in that field for numerous years. Her accommodation is situated next to the laundry and hence at the centre of the House; she is on call through the night. When the boys return from their lessons for morning break, lunch and tea, it is Carol and her able deputy, Marie Thomas, who deal with their needs. When Carol goes off-duty for a well-deserved break, Assistant Matron Marie takes over. Marie supports the boys in any number of ways; she is a much-valued and highly experienced member of the team, having previously served as Matron of Kilbracken House, and subsequently as Senior Matron at Belhaven Hill, prior to her return to Rugby School.

Richard McGuirk also enjoys throwing himself into every aspect of House life, having been resident in Michell since 2008. An experienced member of the Chemistry Department, Richard has a BSc Hons in Applied Chemistry, a MSc in Science Education and a PGCE in Secondary Science. He has taught Chemistry at Rugby since 2007 and, as a keen sportsman, he has been active in coaching rugby football, cross-country and triathlon. Richard maintains a focus on the boys’ academic success and is part of the seven-strong Michell tutor team who hold individual and year-group tutorials. Richard is frequently to be found offering Chemistry revision sessions in Michell too, to pupils of all Houses.

Above all, the pastoral and academic well-being of all Michell-men is the shared priority of the whole House team.