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Boy boarders join School, Abraham or Head’s House; each of these houses is home to around 55 boys during term-time. The houses welcome between fifteen and twenty new boarders each year and these boys remain in their boarding house throughout their five years at Brighton College. A small number of boys join the houses as new sixth formers, too.
Mr Matthew Jamieson is Housemaster of School House and Mr Paul Wilson is Housemaster of Abraham House; both live on site with their families. Mr Richard Grice is the housemaster of Head’s House which opened in September 2013. The housemasters have overall responsibility for the pastoral care and academic progress of the boys in their respective houses. Each of them is supported by a resident Deputy Housemaster and a team of tutors, all of whom lead a group of around fifteen boys. Each boy gets to know his tutor very well as he or she will remain in the house until 10.30pm at least once a week; they also meet with their tutees every Wednesday and they are in the house for registration and assembly every morning during the week. The team of boarding matrons are also on hand every day to help with all housekeeping matters; they are a wonderful additional source of reassurance, advice and general TLC.
As much as is possible, boarders are expected to contribute to the smooth running of their own boarding house. The Upper Sixth Formers act as prefects and one of them is appointed Head of House; the prefects take a lead role in ensuring all boys are happy and fully involved in school life; they also organise the house teams for the regular inter-house competitions (see 'Competitions & Events' below). Other responsibilities taken on by boys from all year groups include: acting as 'buddies' to new boarders; running in-house competitions; presenting house assemblies; meeting and greeting visitors; and ensuring communal areas (and their own rooms!) are tidy.
Competitions & Events
All three boys’ boarding houses are fully involved in the school's inter-house competitions, which include sports (rugby, football, basketball, swimming, athletics, to name a few), debating, house singing, chess and general knowledge. There are also regular evening events held with the girls' boarding houses: these include 'Mastermind' and 'Weakest Link' contests, social events such as combined dinners and music evenings, house debates and lectures from guest speakers.
The boys enjoy a high standard of accommodation, and all of the boys' houses have enjoyed substantial refurbishment over the past few years. Each boy can expect to be in a small dormitory with two or three other boys in their first year; they will almost certainly move into a double room in their second year; and most boys move into a single room at some point during Years 11, 12 or 13. All three houses have lovely common rooms, which include pool tables and large-screen TVs. There are also additional, smaller sitting rooms as well as communal kitchens for snacks and drinks during break times. All the boys appreciate the location of their houses, each of which is set in the heart of the campus with all facilities close at hand.