Tilly’s House

Tilly’s is a diverse House that takes pride in all aspects of school life.


xamples include our recent OSE who played for England U18s rugby in his time in Tilly’s, the England U19 cricket player, a boy whose band has just released their first EP on Spotify, an OSE who set up his own charitable organisation ‘Girl’s Write The Future’ to help girls’ education in Africa whilst still at school and an international pupil who is at the forefront of the Dance and Chess programmes. We love to celebrate the boys’ achievements in House and one way we do this is by awarding the ‘Man of the Week Jersey’ to those pupils who contribute to the House and the wider school community.

Structurally, Tilly’s is a place where all the boys share the common space throughout the building giving a great sense of community and camaraderie between the differing age groups. This togetherness within the House is for all to see as our House Spirit is infamous! Boys are placed in Pods with boys mixed between the age groups, for mentoring purposes. There are also Pod competitions throughout the year which include activities such as Dodgeball and Crazy Golf.

Our Matron, Yasmin, does a wonderful job of looking after the boys in house – her office door is always open and she helps to provide the House with its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The House Values are to be honest and open with everyone, open minded to every opportunity available, to be hardworking, to challenge yourself, be aware of others around you as well as the world outside of St Edward’s. Our mission is for each boy leaving Tilly’s to be ‘interested & interesting’, have a sense of purpose, to have made positive connections but most importantly, be happy.

We work hard on stimulating the boys including reading (Tilly’s won the Reading Challenge in 2018), music (Tilly’s Presents showcases the boys’ musical talents with several bands formed in the House), sport (football and touch rugby is played on a regular basis during the week), trips (tobogganing and watching Saracens Rugby were highlights last year) and volunteering, with boys helping at a local farm for disabled pupils, sports coaching at a local primary school, as well as helping out at a care home to show its residents how to use technology. We also have Socials on a weekday with girls’ Houses to help make positive connections.

I have been a teacher at St Edward’s for eight years now. Prior to being Housemaster of Tilly’s, I was the Master in Charge of Rugby and Head of Middle School. I am still involved with coaching rugby as well as teaching Mathematics. I live in House with my wife Emma, who works in the Development and OSE Office. She is also the Secretary to The Friends of St Edward’s. We have two children Elliott, 8, and William, 7, and a Golden Retriever called Tinky.

I would be delighted in welcoming you to Tilly’s when you visit St Edward’s.

Andrew Grounds
Housemaster, Tilly’s House

A word from the Head of House, Oliver Healy

  • What’s your favourite activity as a House?

I love the ‘pod’ challenges that we do (our pods are vertical groups within the House). The challenges are a great way to get to know other members of the House.

  • What is the best thing about your HM?

Mr Grounds strikes the perfect balance between work and fun. His innovation when it comes to House events is amazing.

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

Yasmin’s pâté and cheese is a firm favourite of the House.

  • What’s the most popular in House activity?

Pod singing. It always gets very competitive!

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

House events such as basketball, the Summer House Olympics and our Uno championship involve all year groups.


Housemaster: Andrew Grounds
Tutors: Huw Thomas (Assistant Housemaster)
Willem Truter (Resident Tutor)
Michael Bunch
Jack Fairbrother
Adam Moffatt
John Simpson
Hugh Stephens
Jonny Thomson
House Matron: Yasmin Dean
Head of House: Oscar Ross

Solomon Poulter
Sam Gorton

School Prefect:

Thomas Turner

We warmly encourage prospective pupils and their parents to come and look around Tilly’s and meet some of the pupils and staff. Please email any queries to: groundsa@stedwardsoxford.org

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