Cooper Lodge

Welcome to Cooper Lodge, St Edward’s newest boarding House.

Cooper Lodge is our first purpose-built co-educational boarding House, where Sixth Form girls live alongside boys of all years. The bright and airy new building, set amongst the school playing fields, is the newest community at Teddies.  

HM Fergus Livingstone shares his vision for Cooper Lodge.

What are the best aspects of your House community?

So many societies, clubs, institutions and professions in this country are welcoming both men and women to live, work and mix together these days in ways that would have been unthinkable a generation ago; I am delighted that we have followed this trend. Good behaviours are learned, and we have some way yet to go as a society before we all sufficiently respect each other’s space and right to live, thrive and develop friendships as we choose.

Teddies plays a very positive and important role in that respect, and I believe that Copper Lodge helps to extend that progress we are making. I hope that it feels like an extension of the families of the pupils in it, and an extension of mine and those of the other staff on the team here too.

Pupils in Cooper Lodge’s Common Room

Take us through your career to date

I started my teaching career here at Teddies as it happens, back in the last century. I was here initially for only a year, after having finished at Cambridge and before going to teach English at Eton College. I coached lots of sports and directed many plays at Teddies and at Eton, and loved every minute of it.

From there I went to Brazil for two years to be Head of English at the British school in Sao Paulo, and came back to England to run the English Department at Bishop’s Stortford College. I then went to Lancashire to be Deputy Head at Rossall, and came south some years later to take up the Headship of Lord Wandsworth College.

After a good stint there my family and I decided in 2015 to go and live in Iceland for a few years. My wife is half Icelandic and we have extensive family there and many friends. It has been wonderful and we are delighted to have established a home there. But we are home here too. It is lovely to be back in Oxford, where I was born and raised.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at Teddies?

It’s an extraordinarily beautiful school in the most fantastic location, but what I have always loved most about Teddies is its people. It has produced, for many generations, grounded, decent, broad minded and broad hearted people. I have great affection for the friends I have made here as a pupil and a young teacher, and in the years since. And I include in that people like the two girls who joined my year in Field House in 1983: they were part of the first cohort of girls to join the Sixth Form here, and they were a great addition to the House and became good friends.

Best advice you’ve ever been given??

Life isn’t only about the view from the top. You need to smell the flowers on the way up. The most fragrant blooms are often in the foothills.

STAFF:

Housemaster:

Fergus Livingstone

Tutors:

Fran Ronan (Assistant Housemistress)
Heather Murphy (Resident Tutor)
Katrina Eden
Lisa Elkins
Michael Jackson
Richard Powell
Francesca Ronan
Huw Thomas
Jack Thompson
Thomas Wyatt

Matron:

Linda Churcher

Head of House:

Lucy Draper

Deputy:

Josh Wilmot

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