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Housemaster: Angus Head

Angus Head became Housemaster of Batten in September 2005, having previously occupied the positions of Assistant Housemaster and Resident Tutor in the House.

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. Currently Master in Charge of Sailing, he also enjoys recreational running - he is a keen runner and cyclist - and is an enthusiastic cook.

His wife, Tracey, is a teacher of Economics and Business Studies at Goff's School. They were married by the School chaplain at Haileybury in December 2004 and have three young children.

The House

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.

House ethos

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:

The tutors

James Gough (College Organist)

Jonathan Medcraft (Head of Economics)

Graham Mitchell (Design and Technology)

Chris Pitchford (English)

Matt Radley (Head of History)

Jon Spavin (Head of ICT)

Academic Tutor:

Charles Monk, MA (Economics and Senior Master)

"Batten provides a happy and encouraging environment for its boys."

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