School House, Lawrence Sheriff Street, Rugby, CV22 5EH
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ABOUT THE HOUSE
School House is situated in the oldest part of the School and was the original House when Rugby School moved to its present site from the centre of the town around 1750. The current buildings were designed and built by the architect Henry Hakewill between 1809 and 1815. These include Old Hall, the vaulted study block that looks onto the Close and the dormitories. The Old Quad, OBS and other classrooms around the quad were also built at this time.
School House was extended throughout the 19th century, when further studies and another large dormitory (now the Assistant Housemaster's accommodation) were added. It was during this time that Thomas Hughes (author of Tom Brown's Schooldays) was a boy in the House under the great Dr Arnold; many of the places mentioned in that book still exist today.
School House underwent a major refurbishment in the late 1960s, when the current dining room was created out of an internal quadrangle and a wooden spiral staircase that went up through the House was replaced by a series of concrete flights. Between 1993 and 1995 the House was, once again, extensively refurbished and today provides accommodation for up to 54 boys.
For the first couple of years the boys occupy dormitories of five or six and from the GCSE year upwards they have their own study bedroom. In addition there is a House Library, three large common rooms, a snooker room and a number of kitchenettes around the House. The Close provides plenty of space for recreation and in the summer months the boys can enjoy the peace and quiet of the School House garden.
Peter Bell, who took over School House as Housemaster in September 2013, was educated at Campbell College, Belfast. He studied Mathematics as an undergraduate at Lincoln College, Oxford, and stayed on to complete a Masters in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis.
A career in finance followed, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before spending seven years at Morgan Stanley. Although he very much enjoyed this experience, the lure of teaching could not be resisted, and he completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education, London, before moving to Rugby in 2008 to teach Mathematics.
Outside the classroom, Peter’s passion is sport, in particular hockey, having played at top club level. He coaches boys and girls hockey teams, as well as assisting with tennis coaching in the Trinity Term. Before his appointment as Housemaster in 2013, Peter was Assistant Housemaster in Bradley House for four years. In the academic year 2012-13, he was also the Assistant Deputy Head (Academic).
Peter still plays the occasional game of hockey for the staff, and enjoys a round of golf when time permits. He is keen to return to skiing once his children are old enough. In the meantime, the family enjoy their holidays on the beaches in Cornwall. Peter is married to Lisa, and they have two young sons, Oliver and George.
THE ASSISTANT HOUSEMASTER
Michael Powell, who is a former Warwickshire County Cricket Captain, provides a wealth of support and advice to the boys and House staff using his experience as a former Housemaster in previous roles before joining Rugby. Aside from keeping a watchful eye over the boys of School House, Michael runs the Cricket program throughout the Advent and Lent Terms and also works with both the Rugby and Hockey teams.
Jennifer Paulley joined School House as Matron in January 2017. She has previously worked with young people in a variety of roles, including Modern Languages teaching, behaviour mentoring and pupil support. Jenni quickly established herself as a key member of the House team. Her main priority is the welfare of the boys, from a pastoral and medical perspective. She also manages the domestic staff. The boys turn to Jenni for help and advice on any number of issues or just for a chat – her office is never empty. When she is not at work, Jenni can be found in the stands of the King Power stadium supporting her beloved Leicester City. She is also a keen netballer.