Houses and Divisions
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.