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Lawrence (boys)

Based on simple building blocks of integrity, loyalty, support, achievement and lifelong friendship, we nurture a culture and house spirit which is unmistakably Lawrence. Such values carry them far in life, long after the memory of exam results have faded. Our boys are proud to be Lawrencians and they have much to be proud about, ‘on and off the pitch’.

Carl Igolen-Robinson
Housemaster of Lawrence


Lawrence is one of the original two houses at Haileybury. It was named after Sir John Lawrence, later Lord Lawrence sometime Viceroy of India.

The House was closed in 1940, only to reopen shortly after the amalgamation with Imperial Service College and was renamed Lawrence, this time after Sir John’s brother, Sir Henry Lawrence.

The House badge, the skull and crossbones, is accompanied by Horace’s Latin aphorism Carpe Diem. This motto symbolises one of the core values of Lawrence and focuses every boy on the need to pluck at the chances offered in life and to make full use of them. House colours are navy blue and magenta.

Famous Old Lawrencians include former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Clement Attlee and Formula 1 racing driver Sir Stirling Moss OBE.

House character

Lawrence is home to 57 pupils and they take great pride in their House, enjoying a real sense of mutual support and camaraderie.

Lawrencians themselves are a determined bunch and tend to fare well in inter-House competitions – reflecting well on the House motto.

The main Common Room is the heart of the place. Here, through regular meetings and social interaction, the House ethos is instilled and practised; integrity, loyalty, support, achievement and lifelong friendship.

Strong values and social skills are cultivated, developing each pupil with the hope that in the future, Old Lawrencians will become good fathers, good husbands, good leaders in the workplace and elsewhere, making positive contributions in their communities; the Lawrence Legacy.

The House also comes together for regular outings such as theatre trips to the West End and enjoying each other’s company is an important focus.

House facilities

Lawrence, with its homely feel, is laid out on two floors. Facilities include a full kitchen, two Common Rooms, an IT room and a music practice room. An extension in 2016 added further boarding capacity and an additional common room area, adjacent to the TV room.

In recent years, the building was refurbished and reconfigured to engender greater camaraderie among boys of different ages.

Removes (Year 9) and Middles (Year 10) occupy four-man rooms, affording a degree of privacy, but also allowing them to evolve as a group. The vast majority of Fifths (Year 11) and Lower Sixth have their own rooms, while the Upper Sixth are all in individual studies.

As well as encouraging House spirit, the new layout also teaches boys of all ages how to live side by side with respect and tolerance.

Meet the Housemaster

Carl Igolen-Robinson became housemaster of Lawrence in September 2014. He is married to Celeste, and both their boys are currently pupils at Haileybury.

It’s a return to familiar territory – Carl was first a tutor in Lawrence for ten years, going on to become Assistant HM of Bartle Frere. Before that, Carl taught French at Wellington School in Somerset.

Carl has coached hockey, rugby and coaches the 1st XI cricket team. He is also an experienced army officer in the CCF. His interests include sport, music, films, comedy, drawing, gardening and cooking.

As Carl says, “In Lawrence, we promote a real environment of respect and support. Discipline, ambition and hard work are laced with a sense of fun and happiness. Staff and senior boys take an interest in and praise individual achievements, as well as set a good example. Bespoke tutoring allows for one-to-one monitoring of academic, social and co-curricular involvement and progress and plenty of leadership opportunities as boys progress into the Sixth Form.”

Tutors and HPA representative

Carl is supported in his work by an experienced team of Tutors at Lawrence, in addition to a House Matron, Amanda, who helps with the day to day domestic management of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association.