A brief Q&A with Housemaster Mark Hanslip:
Would your son be happy at Field House?
What evidence do you have for such a claim?
The fact that our wide range of pupils, both in terms of personality and ability, universally seem to enjoy being in Field House and are proud to be Field House boys. This is by far the most important thing to say about Field House. We are very proud of the warm welcoming atmosphere and I feel passionately that if people are happy in the environment in which they live, they will succeed in other areas. Field House boys are renowned within St Edward’s and the wider community for producing young men of character, with vision, integrity and courage. I would very much like that to be the reason why boys and parents choose to come to the House.
What effects does this have?
Field House boys have flourished in almost all that they have done and have played major parts in every aspect of School life. Our pupils have done very well in terms of public exams and always compare favourably with others in terms of internal assessments. Senior positions within the School community are often held by Field boys and this is because of the respect they are afforded by pupils, parents and Common Room.
What will your son be like when he leaves Field House?
Honest, reliable, trustworthy and undoubtedly a man of character. I hope, most of all that he will be the best version of himself. I know that he will strive to get the best out of those around him. I hope too that the things he has experienced and learnt in Field will play a positive role in shaping the rest of his life.
What about the House itself?
The House is set amongst the School’s extensive sports fields. Rooms look out either onto the attractive Kendall Quad with its carefully planted trees and shrubs or onto a football pitch, framed by the stunning view of Wytham Woods, surely one of the loveliest views in our city of dreaming spires. Our rooming arrangements are designed with academic achievement and social integration in mind. The Shells or first years have a day room where their prep is supervised by a prefect and the pupils in House that they have the most contact with are the Upper Sixth, who at all times are excellent role models for them. In the Fourth Form (2nd year) boys share in twos or threes, in the Fifth Form they are generally in pairs, in the Lower Sixth they are almost all in single rooms and in the Upper Sixth pupils are guaranteed their own rooms.
I have a wonderful wife Rosalind, a Year 4 class teacher at Chandlings Manor, two remarkable children, Charlotte and Lucy, and two cats you may or may not see should you visit Field House.
A word from the former Head of House, Fergus Flory
- What’s your favourite activity as a House?
The House matches and the build up to any inter-House competitions are always great fun.
- What is the best thing about your HM?
He always looks at issues you may have from your perspective, so you never feel as if you are being looked down on, rather that you are being supported.
- What is the best treat or baked item that your Matron makes for you?
The dip, veg and snacks at break time the whole House seems to really enjoy it, or the hot chocolate is a House favourite.
- What’s the most popular in House activity?
Waffles and ice cream or the whole House food events, like chicken wing night.
- What do you do in House with the other year groups?
Sixth Formers often take the younger year groups down to play football on the astro after prep.
|Tutors:||Lawrence Tao (Assistant Housemaster)
Becky Drury (Resident Tutor)
|House Matron:||Jackie Ball|
|Head of House:||Jonathan Alpha|
|School Prefect:||Giles Wordsworth|