Housemaster: Harry Baxendale

Kindness, ambition and enthusiasm are the values upon which Kipling is built.

These qualities are expected of Kipling boys and are explicitly nurtured by all connected with the house: the staff and the boys.

The aim of the house is to help individuals to develop into exemplary young men whose personal qualities will guide them through the rest of their lives and influence those they come into contact with.

Kindness towards others is essential in creating a caring, responsible community within which everyone can thrive.

Ambition to be the best that one can be in any given field, whether academic, sporting, social or cultural, is crucial to ensure that the individuals and the house realise their very great potential.

Enthusiasm in whatever one does, whether or not one instinctively is drawn to the activity, is key to the development of the individual and to spreading positivity to those around.


Formerly known as Le Bas, Kipling House received its new name in 1942 when boys of the Imperial Service College were placed in the house following the school’s absorption by Haileybury. Since Rudyard Kipling (the Nobel Prize winning author of Just So Stories, The Jungle Book etc) attended the United Services College before it was renamed the Imperial Service College, it was deemed appropriate to re-name the house Kipling to welcome its new pupils.

As the United Services College was previously called St Mark’s school, Windsor, it was decided that the Kipling house crest should be the lion of St Mark.

All rather convoluted, perhaps, but we remain very proud of the house’s history. This pride is reflected in the fact that we hold an annual dinner in London for old pupils of Le Bas/Kipling. The 2013 dinner was the 74th annual one, attended by over 120 former pupils.

The Team 

Harry Baxendale became HM of Kipling in 2013, having previously been Assistant Housemaster in Trevelyan for four years, and having tutored in Trevelyan since his arrival at Haileybury from Berkhamsted School, in 2006. Harry teaches English and is Acting Head of English for the 2012-13 academic year. He is also Master in Charge of Cricket (and President of the spectacularly amateur staff cricket side, the Nondescripts). Harry has also coached football at the school for five years.

Prior to teaching in England, Harry taught in Budapest for two years with his wife, Kasia, who hails from Poland. The two of them have enjoyed travelling to a wide range of fairly exotic places, though the arrival of their sons (Leopold and Felix) in recent years has made their lives a little more sedate. Kasia also works at Haileybury as a part-time teacher of English as an Additional Language to some of our overseas pupils.

The partnership between home and school is central to our success and the Kipling ethos is one where hierarchies do not much matter, but the carefully nurtured development and happiness of every boy, young and old, does.

Assistant Housemaster and Lower Sixth Tutor: Mr Andy Searson (BA)
Andy is the Assistant Housemaster and former Resident Tutor in Kipling. In 2013, he took on the role of Head of Academic Analysis after spending five years as Head of the Modern Languages Department. Andy was Master in Charge of hockey for several very successful years and remains the XI coach, as well as coaching and umpiring cricket. Andy is married to Sian, who teaches Biology at the school. They have a one-year-old daughter, Megan.

Removes Tutor and Resident Tutor: Mr Miles Tomkins (MMaths)
Miles is the house’s Resident Tutor, living in his flat neighbouring the boys’ side with his wife Celia. He has been a member of the Mathematics Department since arriving at Haileybury in 2008 and has now inherited the challenging position of School Timetabler. He is an enthusiastic and accomplished hockey and cricket coach.

Middles Tutor: Mr Mike Cawdron
Mike arrived at Haileybury in 2004 as Rackets Professional, following his retirement from professional cricket, having represented Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire for many years. Mike has played a major role in cricket at the school ever since, as well as masterminding the school’s rackets success. Mike also teaches Maths, is married to Nina and father of Matilda.

Fifths Tutor: Mr Mark Forth MChem (oxon)
Mark arrived at Haileybury in 2012 as Head of Chemistry after teaching at Abingdon School for four years. Mark is keenly involved in the school’s tennis, rugby and cross country.

Upper Sixth Tutor (I): Mr William Flint Cahan (MA)
William has taught in the Modern Languages Department for many years and is also the GCSE Examinations Officer. Two of William’s sons were in Kipling, a sure sign of his passionate commitment to the house. He and his wife, Suse, are great supporters of the house events and are looking forward to the five years that their son Harry has ahead of him in Kipling.

Lower & Upper Sixth tutor (II) Mr Ian Sanders (MSc)
Ian Sanders was educated at Cheltenham College and Bristol University, where he did a chemistry degree, and Cambridge University where he completed a PGCE. Outside his academic interests, he is a keen sportsman, having played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, minor county cricket for Dorset and hockey for the West of England. He now runs the school golf team and is master-in-charge of rackets. Prior to arriving at Haileybury in 1998, he taught at Sherborne school, Uppingham school and Hale school, Western Australia. He was Housemaster of Thomason for 10 years and tutored in Melvill for 5 years prior to joining Kipling. He is married with two daughters who are current Haileyburians. His other interests include spending time with his family and attending church.

House Matron: Louise Tweddell

Laundry Matrons: Mrs Connie Ferraro and Mrs Tina Severino

Handyman: Pete Edmonds

"Kipling boys enjoy an atmosphere of mutual respect."

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