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Bartle Frere

Meet the Housemaster

Philip Craven became Housemaster of Bartle Frere in September 2023 having joined Haileybury as Head of History in 2018. From 2023 he will also be teaching politics. He is a keen musician, regularly singing with choirs both in and outside of school, and enjoys coaching and playing squash and football at school.

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.

Philip Craven Housemaster of Bartle Frere

House character

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.

House facilities

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.


One of Haileybury’s original ‘Quad’ houses, Bartle Frere 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 its pupils.

Bartle Frere’s badge is that of a “blue moon thereupon a crimson moon” with House colours of crimson and blue.

Tutors and HPA representative

Philip is supported in his work by Jacqui Shambrook, the House Matron, who helps with the day-to-day domestic management of the House and an experienced team of Tutors. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association.

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