Gate is a boys’ house situated in what was the old estate stable block; a fine old red brick building in the heart of the main school campus. The boys, both day and boarding share the common rooms and common areas and all have their place and all are welcome. In the evenings, boarders occupy study bedrooms in threes, twos and singles to study and relax, or they get together in the cosy common room or play table tennis in the house quad. The main school campus is on the doorstep and so boys have a short walk to meals and the swimming pool, squash courts and gym are all easily accessible.
Gate boys love all sorts of activities and have been known to win House Music, House Rugby AND the general knowledge quiz!
Gate’s Housemaster is Mr George Thomas, who lives in the flat at the top of the house. He is assisted by a resident tutor and a house matron, along with a team of academic staff. The latter either visit the house to provide consistent and comprehensive evening supervision and support or they are personal tutors for the boys, linking the academic with the pastoral and looking after their welfare every day.
Mr Thomas writes:
“As Housemaster I take very seriously the responsibility for the pastoral care of all of the boys in Gate. Every day I see how the House system encourages a firm sense of community; allowing the boys to learn leadership skills, independence, compassion and kindness. We have a lot of fun in Gate and the boys are ambitious, but I work hard to ensure that the Gate community is built upon a foundation of respect and consideration. Diversity is welcomed and celebrated and the boys are encouraged to challenge themselves academically and to immerse in all aspects of the co-curricular program. I want Gate house to be the boys’ “home” whilst at school and for it to be a place in which they can reach their potential and develop the sort of friendships that will stand the test of time.”