Rob Hill is the housemaster of Wargrave House and the College director of hockey. He has considerable boarding school experience having been involved in boarding at Eastbourne and Sherborne for 14 years. Rob is an ex-Olympian having represented Great Britain in men’s hockey at the Barcelona Olympics. He is married to Evie and they have two children, Finlay and Rosie.
Paula Thorpe is the house matron and, as well as Matthew McVeigh, the resident tutor, there are several other tutors who help with the running of the house and are responsible for overseeing their tutees’ academic progress, co-curricular involvement and general wellbeing.
Wargrave is a real home from home. The warm, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere makes it easy to establish lifelong friendships and there is always something positive happening. All the new boys arriving in the house are placed in a ‘crew’ with three boys who have the necessary experience and understanding to help those new to the house quickly pick up the rhythm and routines and to provide more than one friendly face around the house and College campus. The captain of the crew is a trusted and respected senior prefect and he will liaise with the house staff to ensure all the new boys feel supported.
Living as a community and being able to be yourself are key values of Wargrave. The large common room is at the centre of the house, and boys across all years can enjoy watching the large TV or just socialising together. When the weather is good, the boys play basketball, cricket, football or touch rugby outside, all of which also promotes integration between the years.
The house provides a safe environment where the boys can be themselves and learn the values of participation, tolerance and support. Wargravians are naturally very proud of their house and, whether you are an actor, musician, scholar or sportsman, you will find like-minded young men who are happy, productive and willing to share their experience.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to Wargrave.
About the House
Wargrave House, one of the College’s three boys boarding houses, was originally bought by the College in 1888. After the Second World War, and the College’s return to Eastbourne following its evacuation to Radley, Wargrave was combined with Crosby, the house next door, to become the Wargrave of today.
It is home to around 60 boys and has excellent facilities. The spacious common room transforms into a cinema at the weekends and the presence of a projector and a Sky connection ensures that big sporting occasions can be enjoyed by all. The boys share a well-equipped gym with Gonville which is only a short walk from Wargrave, as well as using the impressive new Winn Building facilities in the evenings and at weekends.
House events: The most recent was a 24-hour rowathon. Other events have included paintballing, tutor-group dinners, house chess, darts, pool and table-tennis knockout competitions.
House charity: Wargrave House supports a number of different charities – currently it is the Matthew Hobden Trust.
At the end of each term the housemaster produces an informal newsletter for distribution to parents of boys in the house. A recent example is provided Wargrave News – Summer 2018.