Housemaster: Bill Irving


Trevelyan is situated in the main quadrangle at the heart of Haileybury. Its history goes back 144 years, making it one of the oldest Houses 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. 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. The House was fully refurbished in 2013. There are currently 53 boys in the house, of whom over 40 are boarders.

Some well-known old Trevelyan pupils include:

About the House

Trevelyan has a warm, friendly and welcoming feel and is very much a home from home for the boys with a real family atmosphere. The dormitory for the Removes and Middles leads directly onto the Housemaster's house and the door is literally open all the time.

House ethos

To be a friendly, welcoming and happy yet purposeful House where the qualities of honesty, good humour, respect for others and personal discipline are self-evident. Trevelyan aims to:

House staff

Housemaster: Bill Irving (Teacher of Physics)
Bill became 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 respectively and their youngest son, Robbie, is currently a Fifths 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 (Teacher of Chemistry and UCAS Co-ordinator, UVIth 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. After studying for his DPhil in Organic Chemistry Dale worked for three years as a medicinal chemist for GlaxoSmithKline. Since joining Haileybury he has become master i/c Rowing and UCAS co-ordinator. Dale enjoys cycling when the sun is out and still dabbles with coxing for Broxbourne Rowing Club’s Men’s 1st VIII occasionally.

Resident Tutor: Adrian Box (Teacher of Art, Fifths Tutor)
Adrian was educated at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Plymouth College of Art, Leeds Polytechnic, Manchester Polytechnic and Goldsmiths’ College. 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. In his previous post at Eton College Adrian taught Harry Baxendale, the HM of Kipling (and former Trevelyan AHM).

Alasdair McWhirter (Teacher of Classics, Removes Tutor)
Ali joined Haileybury in the Autumn of 2011. He spent seven years at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, before five months teaching and playing rugby in Tanzania. He studied Classics at Downing College, Cambridge, where he played rugby for the College and University 2nd team, and captained the College badminton team. Ali is assistant coach for the XXX rugby team and enjoys watching and playing sport and talking to himself in Swahili.

Richard Johnson (Teacher of History, Middles Tutor)
Richard joined Haileybury as a History teacher in September 2010. He was educated at Thorngrove Prep and Oakham School before gaining an MA in politics at Durham. A coach of rugby and rowing at Haileybury, Richard maintains a keen interest in sport, making regular appearances for staff hockey and football teams. He also enjoys cooking and (for his sins) following Arsenal FC.

Joe Hyam (Teacher of Spanish and French, Fifths Tutor)
Joe joined Haileybury in 2013 to teach Spanish and French, following working for  a leading 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 (French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese). He loves sport, especially football and 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.

Dan Payne-Cook (Head of PE, LVIth 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 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 U15A rugby as well as 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, as well as two golden retrievers.

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