Town (Boys)

Town House, 14 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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The day boys' House can trace its origins to the foundation of the School in 1567. Officially recognised as a 'House' in 1888 and granted their own tutors in 1891, Town boys gained their first premises in 1902, when the first 'Town Room' was built. The current building was opened in September 1971 and the latest phase of refurbishment was completed in 2008.

William Webb Ellis, the boy who 'with a fine disregard for the rules, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it,' was a member of Town House.

Town House is unique as the boys’ day house which caters for pupils who live within a commutable distance of Rugby. The house has a broad mix of boys, 40 per cent of whom have come through the maintained sector prior to Rugby. The boys are well represented in all areas of School life and the House is an inclusive friendly place and the boys have respect for those who excel in any field.

And in 2019, Town, along with the girls' day House, Southfield, will open a new, purpose built extension to include 60 extra studies, new kitchens and common rooms around a new, central courtyard. Click here for further details.


Andrew Chessell joined Rugby School as Director of Drama in 2012 after eight years at Uppingham School where he was both Head of Department and a senior tutor in a boys’ house. He has previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. He has an MSc. in Educational Leadership, and whilst at Rugby, he has been a tutor in both Dean and School Field. In 2016, he became Rugby School’s first Artistic Director and helped oversee The Festival on The Close in 2017. A keen sportsman, he has run numerous soccer teams and has regularly led school ski trips to both Europe and North America. He is married to Rachel, a university senior lecturer in Education, and they have two sons, Abe and Hal.



Frazer Hemming-Allen joined the School in 1994 as Director of Physical Education (PE) and Head of Boys Games.  As a former director of sport and chairman of the Games committee at Rugby for more than ten years, Frazer has overseen the expansion and diversification of PE and sport at Rugby during his time here. An experienced head of the PE department, Frazer has a B.Ed Hons from Exeter University and M. Ed from Brunel University. He is involved in coaching a wide range of sports and activities at Rugby, running ‘A’ teams in all three terms teams since his arrival, as well as organising numerous Rugby, Soccer and Cricket tours around the world.  Frazer has recently stepped down as Master i/c of Association Football and Duke of Edinburgh, but remains Master i/c Rackets and is a senior Warwickshire assessor for all D of E expeditions. In his ‘spare time’ he is a well-travelled underwater photographer and videographer, specialising in shark photography with his work being used by several international dive magazines, TV documentaries and tourist boards. Also an experienced skier and paraglider, Frazer still competes in paragliding competitions in Europe during the school holidays. He is married to Annette, who works in the healthcare business.


The Rugby School community will physically re-unite in September. We are proud of our staff and students who have engaged in a full, virtual timetable enabling us all to flourish during this challenging time. Plans for a safe return of the whole School community will involve comprehensive risk assessments and a commitment to the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter. Find out more about our bespoke virtual visits and Open Days here