Senior Boys' Boarding House - Seymour House
Seymour House is a purpose built boys’ house set centrally within the campus next to the school swimming pool and overlooking the Headmaster’s Lawn. The house is home to approximately 60 boys and is named after Derek Seymour, a former Headmaster of the school. The Sixth Form boys are accommodated in single study bedrooms, whilst the Fifth Form occupy single or double studies. Fourth Form boys either have two or three-bedded studies; whilst the Third Form work in shared studies and Boarders sleep in a dormitory.
Housemaster, Matt Bull, lives in a house adjacent to the Boarding House, connected via his study, and the resident Assistant Housemaster has a self-contained flat within the building. The Housemaster is assisted by a team of tutors, Upper Sixth Prefects and Matron and her team.
This year, Seymour House Captain is Josh Kentigern-Fox.
House contact details
Housemaster - 01295 724311
Assistant Housemaster – 01295 724357
Tutor Room – 01295 724372
Matron – 01295 724358
You can follow Seymour House on Twitter: @BloxhamSeymour
Matthew Bull returned to Bloxham in September 2015, having been an Assistant Housemaster here between 2002 and 2009. This is Matt's fourth year as Housemaster of Seymour. He lives in Seymour with his wife, Kristina, and their three small children. Matt is an avid sports lover with a life long association to hockey. He is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club and tries to spend as much time as he can at Lords during the summer. He is the proud owner of a dilapidated camper van and enjoys the outdoor life, provided there is some sunshine. Alongside this, Matt enjoys reading and would one day (like everybody else!) like to write a book. Matt splits his time between his duties as Housemaster and Assistant Head (Broader Curriculum), also assisting with sport duties occassionally, having been Head of Sport at a school in Oxford for a number of years.
Greg Webber became Assistant Housemaster of Seymour at the beginning of 2018, and is also a Third to Fifth Form tutor in house. Greg teaches biology as well as Lower School chemistry and physics and enjoys coaching rugby and cricket. Greg went to Christ College Brecon as a pupil and then went on to study at the University of Exeter, completing his PGCE through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He has enjoyed a strong cricketing upbringing, through Glamorgan County Cricket Club, as well as playing Premier League Cricket for Exeter CC whilst at university and Cardiff CC for several years. Outside of cricket he enjoys playing guitar and supporting Tottenham Hotspur. Greg lives with his partner Laura, a portrait and landscape artist, and they enjoy travelling, festivals and returning home to Wales when they can.
Seymour 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.
Andy Goldsmith has been at the school, and in Seymour House, since 2005. He teaches Maths and is also the Head of Rugby. Andy went to Oundle School and did his degree in business management at Newcastle University, followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University. He played rugby for Bedford and gained a rugby ‘Blue’ at Cambridge. Andy's teaching career began at Haileybury School, and then Kings School Auckland in New Zealand, before settling at Bloxham. He is married to Emma, and they have four children. Andy is a keen supporter of Newcastle United and likes to spend as much of his free time as possible travelling.
Martin Ruck has been with Seymour since joining Bloxham in 2012. He teaches Physics and Chemistry and is the school’s Examinations Officer. A graduate of Oxford University with a D.Phil. in Astrophysics, Martin was a senior commissioning editor at an international science publisher in Oxford before completing his PGCE in science in 2012. He is heavily involved in the school’s musical and dramatic activities, serving as both Chapel organist and leader of the technical team. Martin is married to Karen, and they have one daughter, a student at Bloxham.
Katie Collins joined Bloxham this year as a PE teacher. She teaches GCSE, A Level and BTEC PE and sport, in addition to core PE. Katie is an avid sports lover and endeavours to be involved in a wide variety of teams at Bloxham. Given the opportunity she can be found on the sports field, normally chasing a ball around either a pitch, course or court. In her spare time (beyond sport!) Katie enjoys exploring new parts of the world with her family and their two dogs, or throwing herself down mountains on a bike. Katie is a Sixth Form tutor here in Seymour.
Chris Saunders joined Bloxham last year as Head of English, when he also joined the tutor team in Seymour. He has lived in the village for four years with his wife and two children, Joseph and Ella. Alongside his interest in reading, especially historical and hardboiled detective fiction, Chris also enjoys the outdoors; walking and camping with his family. Before teaching, he worked in the tourism industry and enjoyed the opportunity to visit a number of far-flung and exotic destinations - this exposure to other cultures, traditions and ideas is always something he is more than happy to talk about!
Simon Batten joins the Seymour tutor team in 2017. This will be his sixth house that he has worked in during his time at Bloxham, including being Wilson Housemaster for nine years. Simon teaches history, coaches the 1st XV rugby team with Mr Goldsmith, holds the position of Master in Charge of Fives, and also runs the Wine Society. Outside of school he enjoys choral singing, horse racing and military history. Simon wrote a history book on the school A Shining Light: 150 Years of Bloxham School and has recently had his second book Futile Exercise? The British Army's Preparations for War 1902-1914 published.
Mr Matthew Bull
Call 01295 724311
Mr Greg Webber
Call 01295 724357
Mr Andy Goldsmith
Mr Martin Ruck
Miss Katie Collins
Mr Chris Saunders
Mr Simon Batten
Call 01295 724358