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 Edmonstone in 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.

John Whitworth (Assistant Housemaster and Resident Tutor)

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.

 

Tutors

     

Joss Jennings (Mathematics)

Richard Greenberg (Biology)

Ben Richards (Drama)

Peter Johns (Technology)

Ryan Hepburn (Music)

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"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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