Russell Dore is the Lower School Day House. The House contains a combination of academic and pastoral space, which acts as the pupils hub during their times in Years 7 (LS1) and Year 8 (LS2).
The House has five classrooms where the LS1 pupils have most of their lessons, except when they need to access specialist facilities such as in science, drama, music or art. The LS2 pupils have some of their lessons in Russell Dore, but, wherever possible, they have their lessons in the Main School departments to help the transition to Main School life in Year 9 (Removes).
We hope that the pupils enjoy spending time in the House, build strong connections between one another and make use of their free time to have fun with their friends. The House has two spacious common rooms, one equipped with a number of game tables, a covered astroturf for use only by Russell Dore pupils and several outdoor table tennis tables. The House makes good use of the Wellbeing Centre for Tutor Group events.
Over the course of the year, the House runs a number of trips and events, in addition to those run by academic departments. Each term, the pupils have a House outing and to end their time in Russell Dore the pupils have a formal ball, followed by a week-long residential trip. The house also has House Nights which gives further opportunities for pupils to spend time cultivating their friendships with one another.
Parents are very much part of our community and the partnership between home and school is vital to ensuring the best outcomes for every pupil. There are a number of events which are run for parents and these vary from formal events, such as the new parents dinner which all new LS1 parents are invited to, to more informal ones such as coffee mornings to catch up with members of the House team. Parents are welcome to any sports fixtures, concerts, or performances which their child is involved in.
Meet the Housemaster of Russell Dore
Laurence Bruggemann joined Haileybury in September 2020 as Assistant Housemaster and Resident Tutor in Batten alongside teaching mathematics. He was appointed as the Housemaster of Russell Dore in September 2021. Before working at Haileybury he taught mathematics at two different boarding schools in the South East of England and held additional pastoral responsibilities. Prior to teaching, Laurence spent a brief spell working in professional sport as the Team Manager for London Scottish Rugby Club who compete in the second tier of English Rugby. Outside of his teaching and pastoral responsibilities, Laurence coaches rugby and cricket teams at Haileybury. In his free time, Laurence still enjoys playing sport himself and plays cricket and squash for local teams.
“Russell Dore is an inclusive and welcoming environment to ensure that everyone in the House has a smooth transition to their senior school. I hope that the pupils enjoy spending time in the House and can move into Removes with an outstanding academic grounding as well as developing some strong connections with their peers and staff which will act as a strong support network throughout their time at the School.” – Laurence Bruggemann, Housemaster of Russell Dore