'Boarding houses are scattered around the town,...,and there's a sense of camaraderie in each,' - Good Schools Guide 2018

The House structure at Rugby is central to our strong sense of community. Ideas flourish best where they were originated and it was our inspired former Head Master, Dr Arnold, who initiated the boarding house system to ensure exceptional pastoral care and provide the ideal social environment in which young people could thrive.

Much copied but never bettered, Rugby's 200 years of 'House' experience has resulted in a genuine and uncompromised care plan which supports every single student.

There are now 15 Houses at Rugby, each with its own unique character, in different locations and of varying sizes, but all offering a true home away from home, a real family to which every pupil belongs and is rightly proud of. 

The ethos at Rugby that the whole person is the whole point is undeniably apparent within a House structure which reflects the experience of our past and the plans for our future. The role of Housemaster or mistress as head of the 'family' is to create and maintain a happy and balanced home with the able support of their assistant and the Matron, who importantly are all resident. Totally committed to the well being of their young people, this nucleus of staff provides 24 hour care that is second to none. 

In addition to the core resident staff are a deputy matron and five or six tutors - teachers who are assigned to further support a small group of pupils each - both pastorally and academically, formally and informally. Each tutor is House - based and part of the wider family group, sharing information to ensure there is always comprehensive knowledge of each pupil within their case.