In the final year of Sixth Form at RHS pupils in Y13 move to Nelson House which brings together all pupils; boys and girls, boarders and day pupils under one roof. This enables pupils in their final year at RHS to work towards their A levels in a purposeful environment
Nelson House is led by Jonathan and Annette Pooley. The Pooleys have had a long association with RHS with their own 3 children; Richard, Lucy and Ben all passing through the school as pupils in Collingwood, Hood and Nelson from 2005 - 2012.
Prior to being in Neson Mr. Pooley was housemaster of Collingwood for 10 years and Mrs. Pooley worked at Ipswich High School for Girls for 8 years.
The Pooleys have been involved extensively in providing excellent pastoral care within the independent education sector for the last 24 years; having both taught and run boarding houses at Fyling Hall School, Rannoch School and Rossall School before moving to RHS in 2004.
In addition to their house roles Mr. and Mrs. Pooley are active in other areas of school life.
Mr. Pooley teaches GCSE/A-level Biology, is Head of Thinking Skills and is the Second in Command of the CCF Contingent. He enjoys being outdoors; running Silver and Gold DofE expeditions, the annual school Ski Tour and assists with Sailing at RHS.
Mrs. Pooley teaches KS3 History/English. She also enjoys the outdoors; walking the families two Labrador dogs; Bracken and Barley and assists with DofE.
As well as the housemaster/mistress living in Nelson we have two talented resident assistant tutors: Miss Liz Polson and Mr Joe Battman. Miss Polson is an old girl from RHS, and knows Nelson well. She has spent the intervening years before coming to RHS this year serving in as an Officer the ARMY, retiring at the rank of Major. Mr Battman has been at RHS for 3 years is the coach I/c boys and girls Hockey, teaches Maths/Physics and has been a resident tutor attached to Collingwood House before joining Nelson house.
Nelson non-resident staff (most of who live on the school site) include Mrs. Sue Cousins and whose children Bill and Maudie have also been pupils at RHS in Collingwood, Hood and Nelson between 2003 - 2013. Miss Lucy Jeans has just spent a year away from Nelson supporting Cornwallis as their matron, and we welcome her back amongst us as a valued and experienced member of the team. These ladies will invariably be the first point of contact during the school day.
In Nelson the prime aim is to ensure that all it pupils are in the strongest position for life after RHS. To this end a sound portfolio of academic qualifications are essential. Pupils are strongly encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to consolidate their learning, and through rigour in their studies, attain the very best recognition of their academic ability in the public examination process. They are supported in this by a knowledgeable and dedicated support team of Sixth Form tutors, some of who attend the House each weekday evening and for social functions throughout the year.
However personal development is not restricted to the classroom. All pupils in Nelson take on a leadership role in the wider school; this is not just a role left to the Prefects. Whether it is in personal appearance and conduct, competing on the sports field, performing in music or arts, engaging in clubs/societies or application in academic studies; all Nelson pupils can contribute to leaving a worthy legacy in the younger year groups and enhancing the school ethos.
Nelson also provides an opportunity in which individuals from previously separate houses can establish new friendships, and work with others who previously have not come into their sphere of existence. This ability will be a great asset as they move on from RHS into the wider world whether it be in the workplace or in Higher Education. Part of this is achieved through holding a variety of exclusive social events; both formal and informal throughout the year.
So the overall mission of Nelson is to prepare the Upper Sixth pupils to leave us as well rounded and grounded individuals ready to expand their horizons; engaging in the wider world and making a positive contribution as a global citizen.
Jonathan & Annette Pooley
Housemaster & Housemistress
+44 (0) 1473 326246
Matron: Miss Lucinda Jeans
Resident Assistants: Mr Joseph Battman & Miss Elizabeth Polson