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Gonville (boys)

About the House

Gonville House, one of three boys boarding houses, moved to its present location on Carlisle Road in 1912, and today is home to some 60 boys aged from 13 to 18.

The accommodation in the house is divided between the main building (Gonville) and the Upper Sixth residence, Bushey Ruff, which has its own resident tutor. The games room is a great venue for showing films and sports fixtures on the big screen at weekends, while table football and table tennis are the other essential elements to this hub of activity.

In addition, the Gonville gym provides an ideal environment for letting off steam after prep and at weekends.

House events: Events include the annual house Christmas dinner off site, summer beach volleyball, house barbecues and tutor meals in nearby restaurants.


Alex Wingfield Digby read geography at Newcastle University before a completing a PGCE at Brighton. Prior to taking over the reins in Gonville he was present for two years as resident tutor and then was in charge of Arnold Lodge. Alex is married to Emma, who teaches French and Spanish at the College, and is a tutor in the house. They have two young children, Phoebe and Toby.

In addition to the resident tutor and Matron, there are seven other tutors who help with the running of the house and are responsible for overseeing their tutees’ academic progress, extra-curricular involvement and general well-being.

alex wingfield digby housemaster gonville

Housemaster’s Welcome

In Gonville, we pride ourselves on our friendly, purposeful atmosphere and we encourage our extended family to challenge themselves, get involved, remain positive and enjoy the experience. We offer boys joining the house the opportunity to make a fresh start by finding new friends and a new team spirit; a chance to move on from junior school foundations.

Whatever else is going on in our busy lives, we strive to make the best of ourselves and welcome fresh challenges and experiences. Above all, Gonville boys are encouraged to be interested in those around them and to make positive contributions to the lives of others.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to Gonville and showing you around our house.