Russell Matcham has been Housemaster of Kipling since 2000, while also teaching English. Russell enjoys singing and theatre, having directed a number of productions at Haileybury and in previous schools. Russell's principle interest beyond the classroom, however, is with Haileybury Youth Trust of which he is the Director. HYT supports sustainable development in Uganda and has been associated with Haileybury since the days of Attlee. Russell particularly values the rather individual ethos that prevails in Kipling, as do Kipling boys past and present.
Harry Baxendale will become HM of Kipling from August 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.
"Kipling boys enjoy an atmosphere of mutual respect."