Boys are thrown together in groups of 10 or 11 as 13-year-olds, and they grow up together over the next five intense and action-packed years. Friendships built up during this period and will last for the whole of a person’s life.

Boarding is just living with your friends.

Stephen, Orwell Award recipient

The roles of House Master and Dame are complex and varied. No manual can fully prepare the members of staff who take them on, and the jobs make huge demands on them. However, the task of steering young people through this critical phase in their life is an immensely rewarding, important and worthwhile one. House staff make lasting relationships with many of the boys who have been in their care and with some of their parents too.

Boarding means being part of a community where you are really and truly known, valued and celebrated for who you are. A community where comprehensive wrap-around care can be provided by staff inside and outside the House, which means the full matrix of support can be provided to meet boarders’ individual needs.

House Master, Eton College

The Eton model of House Mastering allows those who oversee our Houses to develop a particularly close knowledge and understanding of their boys, whose general health and wellbeing depend largely on them and their House team. We aim to inculcate and practise the highest standards of pastoral care and safeguarding in our Houses, to ensure that our boys can succeed in their academic and general development.

Eton’s Boarding Houses



Baldwin’s Bec


Common Lane House

Cotton Hall House

Durnford House


Farrer House 

Godolphin House

Hawtrey House

Holland House


Keate House

Manor House


Penn House

South Lawn

The Hopgarden

The Timbralls

Villiers House

Walpole House

Warre House



Wotton House

Boarding Houses Quick Reference Guide


House Master


Building Name






T A Day College J Greenwood Denise Stock (Matron-In-College)

M Coleman  (Deputy Matron-In-College)

J C A Jackson Walpole House E C Yeo Marie Hayward
I R Gray Hawtrey House* D P Cormell Joy Eady
Dr J M Gibbons Warre House* J R Haighton Heather Masterson
N Adams Wotton House N J Mortimer Donna Parks
H W T Adams Godolphin House* M Houlahan Penny Lyons
A B Henshilwood Jourdelay’s* C L Knowles (maternity cover) Nicola Reed
S P Hermes Baldwin’s Bec D A Gibbons Suzanne Hill
A M Miles Mustians* J M Stone Ros Fernee
N P T Leathers Penn House N W Flanaghan Sallie Rangeley
J D Macartney Angelo’s* M A Whetnall Amanda Nash
C D N Paterson Evans’s* D J Barker Julie Mills
Dr I R Swan Common Lane House* M Bruna Charlotte Meyrick
P E P Walsh Manor House G B Gundle Wendy Cottam
J M O’Brien Waynflete* H G P Jones Jane Stevens
H J R MacLennan Durnford House* C A M McKinnel S James (maternity cover)
J Dangerfield Farrer House  D M Townley Sue Young
R C Hardy South Lawn R E Jones Sarah Bush
W I N Griffith The Timbralls K C Davies Alice S Wright
A G D Furnival The Hopgarden J Moston & J Nelmes Allie Pennant
P R K Bird Westbury M T Holdcroft Sue Jones
Dr E J N Russell Keate House* T A Day A Deane
Revd P A Hess Cotton Hall House A Powles S Hyman
J N Osborne Villiers House T G Settle Hermione Holt
D W B Anderson Holland House K M Allott Martina Prentis

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