Welcome to Cowell’s House


uring an annual away day, the House prefects sat on Whittenham Clumps in the Oxfordshire countryside and developed the values by which they would like the House to live. They include respect, trust, encouragement, cleanliness, inclusion, excellence, good character, and enjoyment. The boarding house is a welcoming place where all the boys have the opportunity to develop in a supportive and comfortable environment.
Our House benefits from a central location set on the east side of the Quad. Our Shells (first year pupils aged 13) settle in quickly, sharing in rooms of four boarders and dayboys under the watchful eye of House Staff and Upper Sixth Prefects who act as mentors. There are three kitchens for preparing snacks in addition to a Junior and Senior Common Room. We hope that the all the boys find the atmosphere in House to be relaxed yet purposeful, with an emphasis on developing the personal qualities that will enable them to stand on their own two feet as they leave us for the outside world. Whether their strengths lie in the classroom, on the sports field, in the orchestra or on the stage, individuals are encouraged to blaze their own trail.  

House Chapel is occasionally held on the roof of the building. During one such service, the Head of House wrote a fitting prayer:

Prayer for Cowell’s
With a refreshed House, new furniture, new pupils and a new year,
it is vital Cowell’s creates a strong community.
Support for each other is a value we should cherish.
Love and respect for one another is integral,
so we can overcome the sky-high barriers we so often come across.
Whether those barriers be homesickness, academic pressure, sporting rivalries or sour relationships;
a united Cowell’s, with God by our sides, will be able to surpass all obstacles.

Please do come and visit us in Cowell’s.  Please make an appointment by contacting the Admissions Team on +44 (0)1865 319200.

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A word from the former Head of House, Matthew Wilkinson

  • What’s your favourite activity as a House?

That would either be the Steeplechase or the House Singing – both really bring the House together.

  • What is the best thing about your HM?

He always listens to what we have to say and takes the time to really talk to us.

  • What is the best treat or baked item that your Matron makes for you?

Her birthday cakes are fantastic!

  • What’s the most popular in House activity?

Call overs: it is always fun to get together in house and applaud the achievements of others.

  • What do you do in House with the other year groups?

Our ‘herd activities’ we get together and compete in basketball, football and so on.


Housemaster: Simon Palferman
Tutors: Emily Moss (Assistant Housemistress)
Paolo Torri (Resident Tutor)
Oliver Barstow
Adam Hahn
Jon Ingram
Jonny Lambe
Garrett Nagle
John Wiggins
House Matron: Stephanie Carter
Head of House: Mfon Awak-Essien
Head Boy: Carlo Graeser

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