Housemaster: Bill Irving

Trevelyan aspires to be a House which has a warm, friendly and welcoming feel and is very much a home from home for the boys with a real family atmosphere. Wendy and I have been parents of boarding boys and so both of us know what it is like for you as new boys in the House and also as parents. Although Wendy has no formal role in the House she is always willing to help out and issue pocket money or simply to have a chat. The dormitory for the Removes and Middles leads directly onto the Housemaster's house and the door is literally open all the time. Fifths and Sixth form boarders all have their own study bedrooms which affords privacy and a good atmosphere for study.

I want all the boys in Trevelyan to be academically ambitious and also to develop a talent on the co-curricular front be that sport, music, drama or perhaps something more unique. Achieving individual and collective success be that academically, musically or on the games field and in other co-curricular activities is positively encouraged; it makes people feel happy and good about themselves. The boys are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves, respecting others and becoming independent and confident but also tolerant and sensitive to others. Individuality and the strengths and talents of all are cherished and respected. I, as Housemaster, the tutors and prefects work hard to encourage all the boys to fulfil their potential and do their best, and get involved in the wider school community by trying new things. Structure and discipline are crucial in setting the right environment for the boys to be successful and happy, but so too fun and a sense of humour.


Trevelyan is situated in the main quadrangle at the heart of Haileybury. Its history goes back over 150 years, and is the oldest, continuously occupied boarding house at Haileybury. In 1862 there were only two Houses at Haileybury - the "Blue House" and the "Red House". In 1868 the Red House was renamed Trevelyan House after Sir Charles Trevelyan who was a pupil at the East India College from 1824 and later the Governor of Madras. Initially, Trevelyan consisted of a long dormitory with pupils' desks next to their beds. Later, pupils did their academic work and had their own studies in the Centenary Block which is the part of the main quad between Thomason and Big School. In 1993 Bartle Frere, which was situated above Trevelyan, left for its new location and the first floor was changed into study bedrooms and a common room. Further refurbishments and improvements were carried out in 1997, 2001 and 2008. The House was fully refurbished over the summer in 2013. The House has a capacity for 60 boys, the majority of who are boarders.

Some well-known old Trevelyan pupils include:


A House where the qualities of honesty, good humour, respect for others and personal discipline are self-evident.

House staff

Housemaster: Bill Irving (Physics)
Bill assumed the post of HM Trevelyan in 2013. Bill joined Haileybury to teach physics in 2009 after a full career in the Army. Married to Wendy since 1991, he has three sons and a slightly mad retired racing greyhound. Wendy works in the horticulture industry at nearby Capel Manor and privately. Joe and Henry, their eldest two sons, are under-gamekeeper and university student (Materials Engineering at Loughborough) respectively and his youngest son, Robbie, has progressed through Lower School and is currently a Lower Sixth day pupil in Lawrence. Bill coaches squash and athletics, is the proud owner (and rider) of a Triumph motorbike and enjoys running, fly fishing and rock climbing. His hidden (but noisy) talent is playing the bagpipes!

Assistant Housemaster: Dr Dale Johnson (Chemistry, UCAS Co-ordinator, LVIth Tutor)
Dale joined Haileybury in September 2010. He was educated at Poole Grammar School before reading for a Masters in Chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford; where he also won his Blue coxing the women's Blue Boat against Cambridge in 2001 (do not talk about the result!). He stayed at Jesus to study for his DPhil in Organic Chemistry before spending three years working as a medicinal chemist for GlaxoSmithKline at Harlow, working on cognitive enhancers. Since joining Haileybury he has become master i/c Rowing and UCAS co-ordinator. Dale enjoys cycling when the sun is out.

Resident Tutor: Adrian Box (Art, Removes Tutor)
Adrian was educated at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Plymouth College of Art, Leeds Polytechnic, Manchester Polytechnic and Goldsmiths' College. Before taking his Art Teachers Diploma he worked for the Department of Employment in East London. Adrian has taught Art at Haileybury since 1997 and led the department on two occasions. He has been attached to Trevelyan since joining the school and as Resident Tutor has extra pastoral responsibilities. He has been the Haileybury Dance Co-ordinator since 2004 and has a particular interest in swing jazz dance. He is the Wilfrid Blunt and Haileybury Travel Grants Co-ordinator. In his previous post at Eton College Adrian taught Harry Baxendale, the HM of Kipling.

Joe Hyam (Spanish and French, Middles Tutor)
Joe joined Haileybury in 2013 to teach Spanish and French, having most recently worked for a Big 4 accounting firm in Paris and London. He attended King's College School, Wimbledon and then Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read Modern and Medieval Languages. He loves sport, especially football - born in West London, he is a big Chelsea fan. He is also passionate about rock and pop music, plays the drums and is currently trying to teach himself the guitar.

Michael Owen (PE and Director of Rugby, Fifths Tutor)
Michael joined Haileybury in 2013 as Director of Rugby. He is a retired rugby player who represented Wales and the British and Irish Lions in a distinguished professional career. Since retiring from rugby in 2009 Michael has completed a degree in Business, Management and Sport at the University of Hertfordshire and he qualified as a PE teacher in 2013. His post-rugby career has also included a wide range of media work that has seen him work for ITV Sport as a co-commentator on the 2011 Rugby World Cup as well as SkySports, BBC, TalkSport, Five Live, Radio Wales and Al-Jazeera. Michael combines his work as Director of Rugby with teaching PE. He has moved to Trevelyan from Albans where he was a Year 13 tutor. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, running, walking, travelling, reading and films. Michael is married to Lucy and has three children.

Dan Payne-Cook (Head of PE, UVIth Tutor)
Dan joined Haileybury in 2001 from Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School as Head of Physical Education and a teacher of Lower School Biology. Dan's first stint in Trevelyan was as a Removes tutor in his first year at the school. In 2002 he became Houseparent of the Lower School boarding house, Highfield, before re-joining Trevelyan in 2012. In his time at Haileybury he has been master in charge of basketball and lower school sports, coached the 2nd XIs in football and cricket and the U15A rugby team as well as the U13A teams in rugby, cricket and football. Dan is a keen gardener and likes to experiment in the kitchen when he has any spare time! Dan is married to Nicky and has four children.

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