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.

Ben Sadler
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.

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 is split into three main areas. The Upper Sixth have single rooms on their corridor; the Lower Sixth boys have twin rooms on their corridor; and the Fifth Form (Year 11) boys have twin rooms on theirs. This design gives each year group their own space and somewhere to work quietly away from the rest of the House when necessary.

The Removes (Year 9) and Middles (Year 10) have ‘twin pods’: these are areas with desks, beds and cupboards built in, surrounded by high partitions, but without doors. This encourages a sense of community but also creates some welcome private space.

There are two kitchens and three Common Rooms: one with Cable TV and a pool table; another with a table-tennis table and a PS3; and a small Sixth Form one with a PS3 and some bean bags.

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.