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Trevelyan House

Trevelyan House

"Trevelyan is the oldest of Haileybury's Houses and provides a secure, enjoyable and productive setting in which all the boys can be part of a thriving community. We want each boy to develop their talents and abilities academically, socially and culturally. We also encourage respect for each other’s privacy and individuality, as well as offering support for others when the need arises."

Bill Irving Housemaster, Trevelyan

Bill Irving, HM Trevelyan, with his wife Wendy and their three sons


Situated in the main quadrangle at the heart of Haileybury, Trevelyan is the oldest of all the College Houses.

It takes its name from Sir Charles Trevelyan, former Governor of Madras and co-author of the Northcote-Trevelyan Report of 1853, which led to the establishment of the professional Civil Service.

The House badge is a cross pattée gules (a red cross with "feet"), while the motto "Time Tryeth Troth" ('Time Tests Patience') was adopted from the Trevelyans of Trevelyan, Nettlecombe and Wallington. House colours are red and black.

House character

The Trevelyan ethos is to be happy yet purposeful, a House where the qualities of honesty, good humour, ambition, and respect for others are much in evidence. High moral standards and good behaviour are expected and part of the culture.

The boys are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves, respect others and become independent and confident — but at the same time tolerant and sensitive to others. The HM and tutors work hard to help all the boys to achieve their academic best and to get involved in the wider opportunities available at Haileybury. Day-to-day pastoral care is promoted through tutoring and peer support.

Leadership and teamwork are fostered through increasing responsibility. In Trevelyan, boys are encouraged to have a strong sense of personal responsibility, leading to an increasing independence in their studies. The House also promotes healthy competition, and there are plenty of opportunities to represent Trevelyan in a wide range of activities — academic, sporting, cultural or co-curricular.

House facilities

Trevelyan is home to up to 60 boys and was fully refurbished in 2013 to make it a welcoming, friendly, comfortable, modern place to live, work and socialise.

The dormitory for the Removes and Middles leads directly on to the HM’s house, whose door is - quite literally - always open, so every pupil has somewhere to turn when they need help or guidance on any subject.

Meet the Housemaster

Bill Irving became HM of Trevelyan in August 2013. He is married to Wendy and they have three sons and two dogs of some, as yet untested, intellectual gravitas.

Bill joined Haileybury to teach Physics in 2009, after a full career in the Army (he left as a Lieutenant Colonel).

Away from Trevelyan and teaching, he coaches athletics, is the proud owner (and rider) of a Triumph motorcycle, and enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits including running, fly fishing and rock climbing.

Bill also has a "hidden" (but noisy) talent for playing the bagpipes.

As Bill says, "For me personally, it’s wonderful to have such a positive influence on the development of the boys as they progress through the House. I watch them transform from awkward, shy Removes to confident, focused Upper Sixth Formers on the verge of a university career."

Tutors and HPA representative

Bill is supported in his work by an experienced team of Tutors at Trevelyan, in addition to a House Matron, Jennifer, who helps with the day-to-day domestic management of the House and is an immediate pastoral point of contact for both boys and parents. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents' Association. To find out more about the team of Tutors at Trevelyan, life in House, and about the House HPA representative, please click on the links below:

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