Bartle Frere

Housemaster: Ben Sadler


A partnership between the tutor team and parents working with the boys to sustain a supportive, well-structured and happy community.

Our vision for the house is as follows:

The House

Sir Henry Bartle Frere

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.

The House

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 21 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.


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:


Ben SadlerBen Sadler became Housemaster of Bartle Frere in 2015. Ben is a member of our History Department and a passionate historian with a deep interest in political history.

He says, "Nothing is more important than the boys’ happiness and wellbeing — from these spring commitment and enthusiasm. We work with every boy to uncover what they each enjoy and find more challenging; developing their talents and helping them become well-rounded and fulfilled individuals."

James Deveson (Deputy Housemaster) 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.

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.

Angus Head tutors the Middles. As well as being a tutor in Bartle Frere, Angus is the Deputy Head (Co-Curricular). He was the Housemaster of Batten from 2005 until 2014. Angus arrived at Haileybury to teach Psychology in 2002, having taught previously in Spain and Portugal. Before his appointment as Housemaster, he ran the Sixth Form Centre and has coached rugby, football and cricket within the School. He was Master in Charge of Sailing until taking over as one of the Deputy Heads. He also enjoys recreational running - he is a keen runner and cyclist - and is an enthusiastic cook. He is married to Tracey, a teacher of Economics and Business Studies at Goff's School and they have three children - Charlotte, Hal and Emily.

Julian Alliott tutors the Removes. Julian joined Haileybury from Loughborough Grammar School in 1999. He was Housemaster of Trevelyan from 2001 until 2013. He was born in West London and is a big Chelsea supporter. He was educated at Windlesham House Prep School in West Sussex, Charterhouse and university at Southampton and London. After graduating, he travelled widely and taught in Japan and the Czech Republic. He teaches Economics and has coached the 1st XI football and been Master in Charge of football since 2000. He is married to Sarah who teaches English part-time at Presdales and they have three children - Lizzie, Eleanor and Edward.

Simon Smith tutors in the sixth form. 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.

"Bartle Frere is a strong, caring community with a recognisable sense of esprit de corps."

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