Tilly’s is a very welcoming and friendly House with a real sense of community and togetherness.  Tilly’s boys contribute at a very high level across all areas of school life and we are known for a strong and positive House spirit.


ew pupils are ‘buddied up’ with mentors who help them to settle in (e.g. taking them into Summertown and Oxford) and quickly make them feel at ease in the House and the school. Senior boys with a strength in a particular subject area can volunteer to help other pupils with their academic work and become ‘Tilly’s Dons’. ‘Tilly’s Goes Further’ is a group which encourages the boys to look at life beyond St Edward’s and to aim high. Our strong sense of community is fostered by a welcoming central House Kitchen and Common Room (both with excellent facilities) which are shared by all the boys and which encourage pupils from all year groups to mix right from the start. Tilly’s is not dominated by one ‘type’ of boy and we take strength from our diversity: sixty boys of many backgrounds, strengths and interests all working and living together.

Occupying one of the traditional buildings on the main quadrangle, Tilly’s is geographically at the heart of the school (which is very convenient on a wet day!) The old building contributes to the welcoming character of the House. The Tilly’s motto of mens sana in corpore sano (healthy mind in a healthy body) is central to the House. Tilly’s boys are encouraged to throw themselves into school life and the House team ensure that all the boys are positively engaged during their time here. The Tilly’s boys are renowned for their strong house spirit which is hard to define but comes to the fore in the many inter-House competitions. In recent years we have won the House rugby, House football and House debating competitions and we often place very highly in House Harmony, Shell Plays and Current Affairs. The strong sense of community has also been on display in many charity events in recent years. These events draw the House and community together through shared endeavour as well as encouraging the boys to engage in life beyond school. We have raised large sums for schools in Kenya and Zimbabwe by continuous relays up the Tilly’s staircase (climbing the combined height of Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga), Quad runs, sponsored sleeping rough and charity dinners. One Tilly’s boy recently walked the pilgrimage route to Santiago in Spain and two boys have even cycled from Calais to Gibraltar.

The boys are cared for by a strong pastoral team: Housemaster, Assistant Housemaster, Resident Tutor, House Matron, House Nurse and tutor team. Each boy is in a tutor group of between six and twelve pupils. Mr Grounds is the newly appointed Housemaster of Tilly’s, he teaches Maths and is in charge of the rugby programme at the School. He is married to Emma, who also works for the School in the Development Office. They have two young boys, Elliot and William, and a dog called Tinky.


Housemaster: Andrew Grounds
Tutors: Huw Thomas (Assistant Housemaster)
Alistair Marjot (Resident Tutor)
Jason Clapham
Michael Bunch
Andrew Dalgleish
Jonny Thomson
John Simpson
House Matron: Yasmin Dean
Heads of House: Cameron King
Felix Ross
Deputy: Harry Woodall
School Prefects: Kian Akhavan
Taha Shamsi

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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