In Bartle Frere, the boys have formed a close community and enjoy spending time together outside, away from the hustle and bustle of Quad. They want each other to do well, and are hugely supportive. We’re an all-rounders’ house, with many strong academics, actors, artists, musicians and sportsmen.
Housemaster of Bartle Frere
Bartle Frere is named after Sir Henry Bartle Frere, Governor of Bombay and later High Commissioner of the Cape Colony. Its badge is that of a “blue moon thereupon a crimson moon” with House colours of crimson and blue.
One of Haileybury’s original ‘Quad’ houses, it occupied what is now part of Trevelyan for over 140 years until it moved to its current location in 1994, providing purpose-built accommodation for up to 60 boys.
The tutorial team in Bartle Frere promotes achievement, high standards and celebrates success. In House meetings, we celebrate academic engagement, co-curricular success, and service to others. We work on motivating the boys as well as fostering good manners and turnout. We want to encourage honesty, integrity, reliability, decency, leadership, tolerance and industry.
Over the years, Bartle Frere has been blessed with excellent role models who have helped forge the character of the House. Older boys spend time supporting the younger boys, and younger boys feel relaxed in their company, promoting great camaraderie and House loyalty.
Fifty-five boys live here, and the House is split into the dorm and three main corridors. The dorm consists of a working space for Removes, who each have their own area and three man ‘pods’ for boarders. Each pod is spacious and can be closed off with a curtain. This allows the youngest pupils to socialise and get to know one another, whilst ensuring that they have privacy when required and at night time. Middles, Vths and L6 have two man rooms and the U6 have single rooms on their corridor.
The house has one large common room, with comfy seating, under floor heating and satellite television. Along with both a pool and a snooker table. The Common Room opens up to a terrace and garden which we share with Edmonstone. This provides a great BBQ space for the boys to enjoy. There is also a small Games Room which holds a table tennis table and darts board.
There are two kitchens in the house for when the boys want to make a snack in the day. And these are both used extensively when we cook on House Nights. Matron also runs a small tuck shop in her office which keeps the boys going mid-morning.
Being on the edge of the campus does provide the boys with excellent outdoor space which is used for all types of activities, from football to spikeball, as well as spending time with pupils from other Houses sat around our benches.
Meet the Housemaster
The Housemaster (HM) of Bartle Frere is Ben Sadler. Ben, a member of our History Department and a passionate historian with a deep interest in political history, became HM of Bartle Frere in 2015.
As Ben says, “Nothing is more important than the boys’ happiness and wellbeing — from these spring commitment and enthusiasm. We work with every boy to uncover what they each enjoy and find more challenging; developing their talents and helping them become well-rounded and fulfilled individuals.”
Tutors and HPA representative
Ben is supported in his work by an experienced team of Tutors at Bartle Frere, in addition to the House Matron, Jacqui, who, along with cleaner, Ellie, helps with the day-to-day domestic management of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association.