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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






Tom Day College John Greenwood Denise Stock (Matron-In-College)

Maria Coleman  (Deputy Matron-In-College)

John Jackson Walpole House Edward Yeo Marie Hayward
Ian Gray Hawtrey House* Jack Turley Joy Eady
James Gibbons Warre House* Jack Haighton Heather Masterson
Nick Adams Wotton House Nigel Mortimer Donna Parks
Henry Adams Godolphin House* James McRae Penny Lyons
Alex Henshilwood Jourdelay’s* Charlotte Knowles Nicola Reed
Stephens Hermes Baldwin’s Bec David Gibbons Suzanne Hill
Andrew Miles Mustians* Daniel Soars Ros Fernee
Daniel Townley Penn House Nico Flanaghan Sallie Rangeley
Jim Macartney Angelo’s* Mike Whetnall Amanda Nash
Charlie Paterson Evans’s* David Nevin-Jones Julie Mills
Ian Swan Common Lane House* Marcal Bruna Charlotte Meyrick
Phillip Walsh Manor House George Gundle Wendy Cottam
James O’Brien Waynflete* Matthew Holdcroft Jane Stevens
Hector MacLennan Durnford House* Edward Farley Sallyann James
Joe Dangerfield Farrer House  Lucy Cordingley Sue Young
Richard Hardy South Lawn Richard Jones Sarah Bush
William Griffith The Timbralls Kerrith Davies Alice S Wright
Andrew Furnival The Hopgarden Justin Moston Allie Pennant
Paul Bird Westbury Michael Houlahan Sue Jones
Edward Russell Keate House* Ben Page Angela Deane
Paul Hess Cotton Hall House Andrew Powles Sarah Hyman
Jeremy Osborne Villiers House Tom Settle Hermione Holt
David Anderson Holland House Katya Allott Martina Prentis