Kirby (Mixed, Years 7 & 8)

Kirby House is the home of the thriving Middle School, which welcomes day and boarding pupils aged between 11 and 13 (Years 7 and 8).

It is situated between the 19th century Junior and Senior Schools, and is constructed with ultra-modern materials. The location of Kirby House epitomises its central role in the College, and its special identity. A key aim is to ease the transition from junior to senior education. Moving from a junior school setting can be a difficult and hard step. It is our aim to reduce that stress to a minimum by providing the best pastoral care of a junior school with all the academic benefits of a senior school.

The house serves multiple purposes, being the academic, social and residential space for these two year groups. As a result, it creates a unique environment in which all of these pupils, boys/girls and day/boarding, mix together before moving into one of the houses of the senior school. These friendships often result in day pupils inviting boarders home at weekends.

Within Kirby House, pupils are allocated one of two houses - Cameron or Courtenay - each made up of roughly equal numbers of day pupils and boarders; girls and boys. Friendly rivalry is encouraged between these two houses, with many sporting competitions throughout the year, as well as academic challenges each term. Kirby House has a dedicated and caring pastoral and academic team of tutors who aim to bring out the best in every pupil.

The building boasts some of the best boarding accommodation in the country with 10 dormitories, each with five beds and en-suite facilities. There are six classrooms, a large atrium, an IT room, a virtual and traditional library, plus two spacious flats for resident staff.

Kirby House is a very special place - visit us and see for yourself!

Boarding Housemaster

Mr James Rawbone


Telephone: +44 (0)1843 572856


Kirby Head of Year 7

Mr Derry Snowdon


Telephone: +44 (0)1843 572856


Kirby Head of Year 8

Miss Elizabeth Young


Telephone: +44 (0)1843 572856