Matt became HM of Batten in September 2014. Joining Haileybury in 2010, he became Head of the History department for three years, prior to which he had worked in London’s Canary Wharf as a Director in Structured Finance for Barclays. Matt studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford, retraining as a teacher at Cambridge University, where he also secured an MEd. He is married to Sally, and they have a young son, Finn.
What it's like to board in Batten.
Batten occupies the ground floor of the KB Block and was completely refurbished in the summer of 2009. Located just off Quad and adjacent to the sports fields, the House provides excellent access to both the academic and sporting centres of the School. The House boasts one of the largest Common Rooms in the School, a TV room and two well-equipped kitchens. One of the laundry stores in the School is located within the House. Connie and Tina are on hand every morning to return clean clothes to the boys, and to provide that all-important maternal touch.
The dormitory for the younger boys is next to the Housemaster's study so they have easy access to his home - the door of which is permanently open. Fifth Form and Lower Sixth pupils share twin rooms. Upper Sixth single rooms all face outwards on to the 1st XI cricket pitch. All areas of the House have access to a Wi-Fi Internet connection.
The Housemaster's garden provides a good location for House BBQs in the summer.
It is difficult to convey companionship, openness, tolerance and respect through a website. We encourage all visitors to come and meet the boys, the Housemaster and tutors, and to take a tour of the House, in order to get a true feel for what it is like to be part of Batten.
Batten provides a happy and encouraging environment for the boys, within which social, academic and personal development can thrive. We promote:
Alistair Taylor (Head of Science) - Assistant Housemaster
James Gough (College Organist)
Jonathan Medcraft (Head of Economics)
Graham Mitchell (Design and Technology)
Chris Pitchford (English)
Jon Spavin (Head of ICT)