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.

Tudor House (Girls Day House)

This time-honoured 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 where Queen Elizabeth I belonged to. She reigned the country when Rugby UK was founded and was the last monarch of the House of Tudor. During 1455–1485, the House of Lancaster, with red roses as its royal emblem, and the House of York, represented by white roses, fought in the Wars of Roses, a civil war over the right to the English throne. The war ended when Henry VII, a Lancaster-turned-Tudor killed Richard III. Soon after, the Tudor Rose, a combination of the white and red flowers originated. Today, it is an emblem on the ties of our Tudor girls.
Tudor House is represented by white and red.

Sherriff House (Boys Day House)

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.
Sherriff House is represented by white and green.

Town House (Boys Day House)

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!
Town House is represented by black and red.

Rupert Brooke (Girls Boarding House)

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. In 1988, a year after Brooke’s centenary, Rugby School UK opened up its new Sixth Form Girls’ House — Wilfred O-Rupert Brooke.

School House (Boys Boarding House)

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. Our time-honoured boys boarding house first welcomed students in the 16th century, with the House being known for accommodating many of Rugby’s renowned historic Head Masters, including Thomas Arnold. Core values make this House a strong team, that encompass enthusiasm and passion in a unified way. The House firmly encourages uniqueness amongst teamwork, that blends talent with humility.
School House is represented by grey and black.

Southfield (Girls Day House)

The history of our girls day house dates back to 1976 when Southfield opened its doors to four girls. 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.
Southfield is represented by blue and green.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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