Edmonstone

Housemaster: Peter Blair

During term time, Edmonstone is home to 52 boys aged 13-18. One of the original six Houses at Haileybury, Edmonstone dates back to 1863 when the first Housemaster was Rev H Couchman. One hundred and fifty years and 15 Housemasters later, Edmonstone remains a thriving boarding community and House spirit is as strong as ever.

Since 1995, Edmonstone has occupied modern, purpose-built accommodation on the north side of Avenue. Visitors to the House regularly comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere. Relationships among the boys are excellent, both within and between year groups. A very high proportion of boarders means there are always lots of people around and something to do.

Charity dinners have become a significant feature of house life in recent years. We have raised money for a variety of causes and most recently bought mosquito nets for the Haileybury Youth Trust after former Head of House Ryan O'Leary spent part of his gap year working with the HYT in Uganda. The annual Champagne and Shepherd's Pie Evening, where parents join Sixth Form boys and House staff for dinner, has become hugely popular, with entertainment at the dinner provided by the boys themselves.

Academic achievement is taken very seriously in Edmonstone. The tutors keep a close eye on the boys in their charge and the in-House 'colours' system of monitoring effort is very effective. The vast majority of Upper Sixth leavers have gone on to the universities of their choice, including several to Oxford and Cambridge in recent years.

Inter-House sporting competitions are always fiercely contested. Almost half of the current boys have won their House socks for being part of the winning team in a House competition. Success beyond sports means boys have earned their House colours tie for activities including debating, the cabaret evening, music and drama.

Peter Blair (Housemaster)

Peter became HM of Edmonstonein 2013. He joined Haileybury and Edmonstone in 2009 after three years at Malvern College. He read English at the University of St Andrews, where he was President of the Union Debating Society and was politically active; he then took a PGCE at Magdalene College, Cambridge. As well as teaching English and Latin, Peter coaches rugby and tennis, is the school's Oxbridge Advisor and is master-in-charge of debating, where Haileybury teams have seen major success in recent years. He is married to Philippa, who teaches locally. Outside school, his interests include political work, P G Wodehouse novels, America and croquet.

Simon Pinder (Sixth Form Tutor)

Simon graduated from the University of Bristol and went straight to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He retired from the Army as a Major after 11 years in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and, after a short time as an account manager, started teaching at Haileybury in September 2001. He currently teaches French and Classical Civilisation, but has also taught Latin in the Lower School. Simon's main hobbies include rugby, having represented English Universities and both the British Army and the Combined Services XVs, hill-walking, reading and photography. He runs Colts rugby, but has coached across the age groups from Yearlings to 1st XV. In the Spring and Summer terms, he runs the Sixth Form boys' fitness group. Simon has been a tutor in Edmonstone for many years, covering all age groups from Removes up to Sixth Form. He is married to Julie, who until recently was AHM of Colvin, and has five children: Francesca, Millie, Yvette and twins, Hadley and Liam.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan joined Haileybury in January 2006 after a successful career as an investment banker in the City. He studied Economics as an undergraduate at Bath University and as a postgraduate at Bristol University. At Haileybury he is Head of Economics and, in addition to teaching Economics, is also responsible for delivering Haileybury's International Finance Programme and the Haileybury Business Challenge. He is also Haileybury's Director of Professional Development and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He coaches rugby, football and cricket, sports which he once enjoyed playing and still loves coaching and watching. His other passions include politics, Italian food, fine wine, chocolate, Harry Potter and the music of Paul Weller! He is married to Clare, teacher of Chemistry and Head of PHSE at Haileybury, and father of Charlie, 2, and newly-arrived Eleanor!

John Whitworth (resident tutor and tutor to the Removes)

John joined Haileybury in 2009 and became Resident Tutor of Edmonstone in 2010. He read Economics, Politics and International Relations at the University of Warwick where he returned after three years to do his PGCE. As well as teaching Economics and Politics he coaches Athletics and Cross Country, runs Conservation and is engaged with Haileybury Model United Nations. He is also runs the Economics Malthus Society and assists with the Haileybury Politics Society.

Peter Johns (Technology)

Patrick Reilly (Physics)

Ben Richards (Drama)

"Overall, I would say Edmonstone achieves that delicate balance between firm and clear guidance in terms of what is expected behaviourally and academically as well as a real sense of belonging, recognition and enjoyment."

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