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Senior Boys' Boarding House - Egerton House

Egerton House is named after the school’s founder, Reverend Philip Reginald Egerton. Home to around 60 boys, it is situated on the corner of the school campus, adjacent to the science and maths building.

Here is an introduction from Egerton Boys' Housemaster, Mr Simon Thompson.

From Third Form to Upper Sixth, the house works together as a community with the conservatory an integral part of the house as a place to chat and relax. Upper Sixth students mentor Third Form students and help them acclimatise to the House. The Third and Fourth Form have day rooms where they have work desks and storage lockers. They sleep in shared accommodation within the house. Students are usually in twinned rooms for the Fifth Form, and then in single rooms for the Sixth Form.

The Egerton House Captain this year is Ethan Jones.

House contact details

Housemaster: 01295 724309

Matron: 01295 724347

You can follow Egerton House on Twitter: @Bloxham_Egerton.

Housemaster

Simon Thompson took over as Egerton Housemaster in September 2014. He was a Housemaster and Head of Geography at a previous school, and Assistant Housemaster in Egerton for a year. Simon completed his degree at Southampton University (where he was Hockey Club Captain), before gaining a PGCE from Cambridge University in Secondary Geography (during which time he played Varsity and National League hockey). He is a keen sports fan, particularly rugby, hockey and cricket, and plays hockey and cricket for the staff teams. Simon is married to Kim, a primary school teacher and they have two young sons, Rory and Lachlan. They love spending time in Cornwall, the New Forest and Norfolk. Simon is a keen photographer and enjoys playing the guitar. He is a firm believer in taking opportunities and this is the ethos of the Egerton, with all boys giving things a go, at least once! 

Assistant Housemaster

David Best has been teaching for 37 years, moving to Bloxham 20 years ago. He was Crake Housemaster for 10 years before switching to Egerton in 2013, and then becoming AHsM two years later. He teaches Mathematics from Exham House up to Further Maths A level and coaches hockey and cricket teams. He is a member of the school choir, taking part in the 2019 tour to Rome, and is the captain of the Black Caps staff cricket team. His three children each spent seven years at Bloxham School. His hobbies include supporting West Ham FC, any form of DIY and the eventual restoration of his MGB, which has sat in a garage for the past seven years.

Egerton Tutor Team

On joining Bloxham, each student is assigned a tutor. Tutors mentor and guide their tutees, monitoring and supporting their academic, spiritual, social, and physical development. They are in regular touch with a student’s home, to share with parents and guardians how the student is developing, passing on information and sharing ideas about how each individual can be helped to mature and grow.

Nick Pigott is thought to have joined the Egerton tutor team sometime towards the end of the last century and, despite being Head of Geography, is still not entirely sure of his way around the house. He was reading a map before he could read words and would pester his father to take him in his pram to notable geographical locations (the Rhondda valley - with coalmines, the London Docklands - with ships). Despite counselling he was unable to escape his destiny and counts Google Earth amongst his closest friends. His second love is the beautiful game and he naturally extols the virtues of playing the way one is facing (and quickly). Indeed his ‘Wenger’ style of coaching has seen some success with past hockey teams. This apart, he is never happier than when in the conservatory… just as long as Love Island is not broadcasting of course.

Georg Stindt joined the tutor team three years ago, having previously been the Head of Lower School and a tutor in Crake House prior to that. He teaches maths and physics and has previously been Head of Science. His passion is spending time in the outdoors, and has regularly enjoyed introducing students to the French Alps, thanks to the annual Second Form trip. He still likes to think that he can do some running when the joints allow but tends to spend more time supporting rugby from the touchline now! Both his boys spent happy and successful years at Bloxham.

Robert Dann teaches economics and business studies at Bloxham. He is a Third to Fifth Form tutor. Prior to taking up teaching, he had an international corporate career. He has also been a professional photographer and enjoys climbing and coaching sports teams. He is Master in Charge of Third Form and lives locally with his son Ryden.

Alex Gray joined Bloxham in 2016 and has been with Egerton since. He is Head of Computing and also in charge of whole school IT. His main interests are social engineering (a type of hacking), behavioural economics and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

James Walker recently joined Bloxham as Head of PE, having been a PE teacher and Assistant Housemaster at Kirkham Grammar School in Lancashire. He joins us as a Third to Fifth Form tutor. He enjoys coaching sport and has run several different school sports teams. Away from the sports field, James has an interest in history, skiing, walking his golden retriever and watching Manchester United.

Connor Porter joined Bloxham in September 2019 as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has previously worked at Marlborough College and Plymouth College where he has been a tutor and a resident house tutor, respectively. Hailing from Exeter, Devon, rugby is a big love.  He is a huge Exeter Chiefs fan and looks forward to watching them win the Premiership Rugby Final each year!