From the Housemaster...
I am very proud to be the Housemaster of Collingwood House, it is a great House and a wonderful place to live, work and learn.
I have been involved in boarding school education for well over 20 years, firstly at Stowe and then for 10 years at Harrow, where I taught Economics and Business. For most of this period I was the Deputy Housemaster of Newlands House and coached numerous sports including the 1st XV. I was also Adjutant of the Harrow Rifle Corps and Master i/c Harrow Football, a strange mud-based predecessor of soccer.
I am married to Emily, who is a primary school teacher and we have 2 girls, Katie and Jessica. Outside of school I have a wide range of interests from music and art, to sport and in particular rugby. I am founder and Chairman of the Independent Schools Rugby Football Club (The Lambs).
There is a fantastic team working for Collingwood. Matron and the tutors are dedicated and very experienced in their roles: several of them have served as successful housemasters in the past. Our resident tutor is Paddy Ryan whose CCF and adventure training expertise, adds a great dimension to the house and new opportunities for the boys. Matron is recognised as an exceptional individual who is the heartbeat of our community. Our domestic support staff take great pride in their work and a genuine interest in the boys' welfare.
Collingwood is a happy, inviting house with great spirit and camaraderie, which is achieved by creating an ethos where all the boys can feel secure, have high self-esteem and are valued as a team member. There is a caring environment where the boys can feel confident to take on the challenges and opportunities presented to them without being frightened of failure.
Collingwood is a purposeful house: we seek to challenge and enable all the boys to reach their potential in mind, body and spirit - a healthy mind in a healthy body no less.
To achieve this, a high level of expectations and standard of behaviour are the cornerstones of the house ethos. It is formed through the development of the basic traits of honour, duty, courage and pride. It is characterised by attitudes of loyalty, trust, courtesy, high morale and esprit de corps. Since group discipline must begin with self-discipline, it is natural that emphasis is placed on personal habits of neatness, promptness and a civilised bearing.
In Collingwood, we are not to be satisfied with mediocrity of effort, rather we seek excellence in all that we do, whether that is in our appearance, competing on the sports field, performing in music or arts or working in the classroom. Collingwood has an outstanding and unparalleled record at RHS in these areas. We also seek the very best in our relationships within our community through respect and compassion for one another.
Collingwood strives to be an inclusive community. We maintain strong connections with its students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends so individuals are inextricably connected in a seamless web. The philosophy of promoting the personal development of the pupils is shared by all members of the house team, parents and indeed by the pupils themselves.
I look forward to welcoming you to Collingwood, so that you can experience the 'Collingwood Spirit' for yourselves.