The House is named after The Right Honourable Sir Henry Bartle Frere, a former student of the East India College at Haileybury, who went on to become Governor of Bombay and later High Commissioner of British South Africa.
A statue of Sir Henry, which was unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 1888, stands on the Embankment in London and his tomb can be found in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral.
Bartle Frere was one of Haileybury's original 'Quad' houses, and for over 140 years it occupied what is now part of Trevelyan. In 1994, however, it moved to purpose-built accommodation alongside Avenue where it has continued to flourish. The House benefits from a well-designed dormitory for 20 junior boys, a combination of comfortable twin and single rooms, most with wash-hand basins, for the 30+ boys from the Fifth Form upwards, two Common Rooms and a quiet courtyard garden.
The House crest is described as a 'Cresent Azure thereupon a Cresent Gules' but is commonly referred to as 'The Blue Moon'; the motto 'Frere Aime Frere' is that of the Frere family. The House colours are navy and maroon.
Ed Bond became Housemaster of Bartle Frere in September 2011, having previously occupied the posts of Assistant Director of Studies, Head of History and Assistant Housemaster (of another house). Ed was Resident Tutor in Bartle Frere between 2001 and 2005 and so is back where he began his tutoring and teaching career. Ed loves History and historical fiction; he is a senior examiner for IB Diploma History and has played a part in the writing of the new IB Diploma History syllabus. Ed played rugby for Durham University (on the wing) and plays a very active role in the coaching of rugby at Haileybury having coached, variously, the U13A, U14A and U15A teams. He was Master in Charge of athletics before departmental and other whole school responsibilities descended. His wife, Kathryn, worked for many years at ICBI producing global energy events but now has her hands full with their three boys, Sam, Alex and Matthew. She still finds time to play the piano and play hockey for Broxbourne Ladies 1st XI. Ed enjoys cooking, both for his family and for the boys in the House, and cycling to stay fit. Ed was at boarding school himself, having been educated at Wellington College.
Richard Hunter, who joined Bartle Frere in September 2005, is the Resident Tutor and Tutor to the Fifths (Year 11). He teaches Latin and Classical Civilization. Outside the classroom, he helps organise Haileybury's renowned MUN programme and is involved in coaching football and athletics. His interests include reading English literature, running, watching and playing cricket, and playing football.
Toby Parker tutors in the Sixth Form. As well as being a tutor in Bartle Frere, he teaches Art, History of Art and Theory of Knowledge. When he is not teaching, he is Haileybury's archivist and likes nothing better than helping out with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in the Peak District.
Michael Perrins was born in Cape Town, South Africa and educated at Rondebosch Boys' High & Prep Schools. Michael joined Haileybury in September 2000 from Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire. Having worked as a TV News Writer in addition to teaching in both South Africa and England, he is keen on current affairs, politics, cricket and rugby - having refereed rugby at various levels for many years. At Haileybury he served as Housemaster in Batten before joining the Bartle Frere tutor team, in addition to his duties as Head of Political Studies and Director of MUN. He also teaches the RS Christian Perspectives course to the Middles. He is married to Jenny and has three sons, Anthony, Richard and William. Michael tutors in the Sixth Form.
Simon Smith tutors the Removes. As well as being a tutor in Bartle Frere, he is the Deputy Head (Academic), teaches History and Haileybury Horizons. When he is not teaching, he assists with the coaching of football, working on his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and fretting over the future of Sunderland Football Club. He is married to Karen, has a daughter Niamh and son, Jamie, currently in Lower School.
Carl Igolen-Robinson joined Haileybury in September 1999. After spending ten years as a Tutor in Lawrence, he moved to Bartle Frere as Assistant Housemaster in 2009. Educated at Christ’s Hospital in Sussex, he went on to read European Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, before doing his PGCE (French and PE) at Homerton College, Cambridge. Mr Igolen-Robinson teaches French to all year groups, coaches the U14A cricket team and is Master i/c Rugby. Fully involved in the CCF, Capt Igolen-Robinson is OC Army Section and runs the intake recruit platoon on a weekly basis. He is married with two boys and his interests include cricket, rugby, cooking, music and gardening. Carl tutors the Middles (Year 10).
James Deveson joined the Bartle Frere tutors' team in 2009 when he arrived at Haileybury. Having been a resident Assistant Housemaster in a Sixth Form boarding house for 12 years at his previous school, he now enjoys doing just one evening duty per week and tutoring Sixth Form in Bartle Frere. He is Head of Academic Music at Haileybury, but has also taught Physics and English previously. His interests include walking (with his dependable spaniel, Indie), classic cars, concert and opera-going, gardening and cooking/fine dining.
The following excerpt is from the House handbook:
Bartle Frere has high expectations for all members of the House. The Housemaster and tutor team work alongside the pupils to provide a supportive, well-structured and happy environment. This enables boys to develop their talents in both academic and co-curricular areas, and to become well-rounded individuals who appreciate the importance of life-long learning, traditional values, service and leadership.
Bartle Frere is a strong, caring community with a recognisable sense of esprit de corps. It is committed to supporting its members through teamwork and open communication.
Bartle Frere insists upon and fosters honesty, integrity, reliability, decency, leadership, tolerance and industry.
Bartle Frere promotes high standards in achievement and behaviour. It values academic engagement, good manners and turnout, service to others, creativity, loyalty, and respect of convention.
Just as in the past, today's Bartle Frere welcomes, encourages and nurtures boys with a broad sweep of talents. We continue to remember and be proud of the achievements of former members of the House who have gone on to enjoy success after leaving Haileybury; the diversity of their achievements can be seen in this brief list of Old Boys: