Houses and Divisions

The House structure at Rugby School Thailand is central to our strong sense of community. Rugby UK’s 200 years of ‘House’ experience has resulted in a genuine and uncompromised care plan which supports every single student. There are now 6 Senior Houses and 4 Prep Divisions at Rugby School Thailand, each with its own unique character, and of varying sizes, but all offering a true family to which every pupil belongs and is rightly proud of.

Senior Houses

The ethos at Rugby that the whole person is the whole point is undeniably apparent within a House structure. Each and every House is different, their foundation, design, and their history makes them delightfully individual, with a base area for each that beat the heart of the RST community. So whichever House a pupil joins, he or she will experience the Rugby School Thailand family with a sense of belonging, support, and a lot of fun along the way.

Rupert Brooke - Boarding (Girls)

Rugby School UK named our girls boarding house after a British poet who attended the school during the 19th century. He is famous for his poem ‘The Soldier’, which later drew controversial opinions for its glorification of war and battlefield deaths as a way to show loyalty to England, a mother figure. 

School House - Boarding (Boys)

School House is represented by grey and black. Our time-honoured boys boarding house first welcomed students in the 16th century. Originally, the School House was also the Head Master’s house. It accommodated many of Rugby’s renowned Head Masters, including Thomas Arnold. His son Matthew was a Rugby pupil along with Thomas Hughes, the author of Tom Brown’s School Days. School House has a long and proud history that binds together the foundation of the School. 

Sherriff House - Day (Boys)

Sheriff is represented by green. Our prestigious boys day house bears the name of Lawrence Sheriff, the founder of Rugby School UK and grocer to Queen Elizabeth I. The unwritten rule in Sheriff is that we immerse ourselves in the School and all it has to offer. An ambitious and dynamic House, there’s a genuine wish for everyone to do well and we support each other to help achieve this. The House crest is a pair of scales which reminds us to aim for balance, to be the best we can be for us and the House, and to enjoy ourselves along the way.

Southfield - Day (Girls)

Southfield is represented by light blue. The house unifies girls keen to do their best and get involved in all aspects of the School. Vibrant and exciting, Southfield is lucky to have such a diverse mix of talents and qualities with girls from all types of backgrounds. The Southfield building at Rugby UK was also once the home of the school’s first female teacher, Alice Dukes.

Town House - Day (Boys)

Town House is represented by red and black. Our boys’ day house is Rugby School UK’s ‘original’ House and can trace its origins back to the School’s foundation in 1567. The Rugby family recognises the house as the place where William Webb Ellis invented rugby football in 1823, by disregarding the rules of traditional football and taking the ball in his arms to run with it!

Tudor House - Day (Girls)

Tudor House is represented by white and red. The girls day house has been significant not only to Rugby history but also to British history. It refers to the House of Tudor of England, which was the royal house which Queen Elizabeth I belonged to. She reigned the country when Rugby UK was founded and was the last monarch of the House of Tudor.

Prep Divisions

Our four Prep School ‘divisions’ are named after prominent members of Rugby School’s history. Each has their own crest and colour guide, that identify the division’s unique attributes.

Arnold

After his position as an Oxford University tutor for many years, Thomas Arnold became the headmaster of Rugby School from 1828 to 1841, where he reformed behaviour in schools.
Arnold was not an innovator in teaching methods; his aim was to reform Rugby by making it a school for gentlemen. He used prefects more fully than any previous headmaster.

Beauclerc

Beauclerc division is named after a fearless and determined lady called Marie Bethell Beauclerc. She had a difficult childhood. Her father died when she was 5 and she had to leave school aged 9 due to her circumstances. Aged only 12, she began to teach herself shorthand from a book she found in a bin.
Her independence and determination to learn shorthand paid off when she was hired as reporter by the Birmingham morning news for her outstanding shorthand skills, giving her the accolade of “first female reporter in Britain”.

Hardy

Robert Hardy was an English actor who had a long career in theatre, film and television. He earned widespread recognition for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series.
Hardy was born in Cheltenham and educated at Rugby School and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Webb Ellis

William Webb Ellis was the inventor of rugby football, while a pupil at Rugby School. It is said that during a school football match in 1823 “with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game”.
While the origins of the sport of rugby are still disputed, there is no doubt that the story of its invention show William Webb Ellis to be a pupil with creativity and courage.

Our education develops the whole person. That’s the whole point.

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