Senior Boys' Boarding House - Crake House

Crake House

Crake House, named after the school’s first chaplain, was one of the first boarding houses at Bloxham. The House is situated directly opposite the school’s memorial arch and annexed to the chapel. Crake is a boarding house steeped in pride and tradition coupled with a caring and positive outlook towards all its members.

Just through the main door into Crake, you find yourself in the hub of the house. This recently refurbished area has made a huge difference, creating a light and spacious area where all the year groups can come together: it is now the focal point for social congregation and has a great atmosphere. Crake consists of three floors with the younger years at the top, moving progressively down to the Upper Sixth on the ground floor. 


Richard Devesa joined Bloxham four years ago, having previously taught in France and Spain. He is in his second year at the helm of Crake, following a two-year period as Assistant. He is Head of Spanish and coaches the Rugby 3rd XV together with Simon Thompson. He also coaches Basketball and Swimming. Richard enjoys reading and going to the cinema.

Assistant Housemaster

Brett Richmond joined Bloxham School in 2012 after completing a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Exeter. Brett originally hails from Sussex and his main passions are rugby, cricket and a general love for sport. He is Head of Cricket at the school, coaches Colts rugby during the Michaelmas Term and oversees the Strength and Condition of the Bloxham students.


David Dales joined Bloxham School in September 2009, from Dover College, as Head of PE. He teaches GCSE and A Level PE, and runs the boys and girls 1st X1 hockey teams. A Housemaster in a previous school, Dave joined Crake House three years ago. His wife, Jayne, also works at Bloxham as a tutor in Exham House.

Dave McLellan joined Crake House in September 2012, having been a tutor in Wilberforce. He is Head of Modern Languages at Bloxham and his wife Alison also teaches at the School. Apart from being a keen linguist, David is an avid tennis player and coaches the 1st and 2nd teams during the summer term.

Bertie Matthew joined Bloxham as Director of Art in 2014, moving from Blundell's School where he led the art department. His arrival at Bloxham marked the introduction of Photography to the curriculum. Bertie enjoys playing Fives and successfully coached national champions during his time at Blundell's – so he is really excited about the opportunity to develop this further on the courts at Bloxham. He trained in illustration and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art and completed his teaching degree at Goldsmiths College, London.

Sajid Hussain joined Bloxham in September 2015 and teaches Business Studies to senior students, as well as coaching the U14C cricket team. Prior to joining Bloxham, Saj had taught in Derby and Leicester, as well as spending 13 years in Dubai. His passions include reading leadership/management books, cooking and spending quality time with his family. He is also a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club and am hoping to see his hometown, Derby, get promoted to the Premiership next season!

Alex Redpath has been Director of Music at Bloxham School since September 2015. He currently directs the school Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, as well as Lower School Chapel services. With a passion for cooking and all things food, he likes to encourage his tutees to learn skills in the kitchen and is very proud of a chicken biryani rustled up by the boys during a recent House night! Outside of school he enjoys travelling, gardening and all things family related.

House contact details

Housemaster - 01295 725315

Matron - 01295 724308

You can follow Crake House on Twitter @Bloxham_Crake.