Town (Boys)

Town House, 14 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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The day boys' House can trace its origins to the foundation of the School in 1567. Officially recognised as a 'House' in 1888 and granted their own tutors in 1891, Town boys gained their first premises in 1902, when the first 'Town Room' was built. The current building was opened in September 1971 and the latest phase of refurbishment was completed in 2008.

William Webb Ellis, the boy who 'with a fine disregard for the rules, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it,' was a member of Town House.

Town House is unique as the boys’ day house which caters for pupils who live within a commutable distance of Rugby. The house has a broad mix of boys, 40 per cent of whom have come through the maintained sector prior to Rugby. The boys are well represented in all areas of School life and the House is an inclusive friendly place and the boys have respect for those who excel in any field.

And in 2019, Town, along with the girls' day House, Southfield, will open a new, purpose built extension to include 60 extra studies, new kitchens and common rooms around a new, central courtyard. Click here for further details.


Andrew Chessell joined Rugby School as Director of Drama in 2012 after eight years at Uppingham School where he was both Head of Department and a senior tutor in a boys’ house. He has previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. He has an MSc. in Educational Leadership, and whilst at Rugby, he has been a tutor in both Dean and School Field. In 2016, he became Rugby School’s first Artistic Director and helped oversee The Festival on The Close in 2017. A keen sportsman, he has run numerous soccer teams and has regularly led school ski trips to both Europe and North America. He is married to Rachel, a university senior lecturer in Education, and they have two sons, Abe and Hal.



Mark joined Rugby in 2017 after returning from Sydney, Australia where he was Head of Science at Cranbrook School. Prior to that he was the Head of Chemistry at Haileybury College and a chemistry teacher at Abingdon School. Mark was educated at Oxford where he completed a four year Masters in Chemistry as well as a PGCE. A keen sportsman, Mark is involved in many aspects of sport at the School coaching rugby, hockey, tennis and clay pigeon shooting. Having played competitive team sports when he was a little younger, he is now more likely to be found out on a bike or training for triathlons. He completed a marathon and an Ironman in 2018. Mark is also a keen adventurer having organised trips to climb Kilimanjaro and a trek across the Sinai desert. He has also cycled unsupported from London to Croatia and back, as well as around Iceland. Mark is married to Tory, a consultant anaesthetist, and their first baby boy was born in May this year.