Senior Boys' Boarding House - Egerton House
Egerton House is named after the school’s founder, Reverend Philip Reginald Egerton. Home to around 60 boys, it is situated on the corner of the school campus, adjacent to the science and maths building. Housemaster, Simon Thompson and his Assistant David Best live at opposite ends of the house, with the boys’ accommodation found between their two homes.
From Third Form to Upper Sixth, the house works together as a community with the conservatory an integral part of the house as a place to chat and relax. Upper Sixth students mentor Third Form students and help them acclimatise to the House. The Third and Fourth Form have day rooms where they have work desks and storage lockers. They sleep in shared accommodation within the house. Students are usually in twinned rooms for the Fifth Form, and then in single rooms for the Sixth Form.
The Egerton House Captain this year is Alex Elliot.
House contact details
Housemaster: 01295 724309
Matron: 01295 724347
You can follow Egerton House on Twitter: @Bloxham_Egerton.
Simon Thompson took over as Egerton Housemaster in September 2014. He was a Housemaster and Head of Geography at a previous school, and Assistant Housemaster in Egerton for a year. Simon completed his degree at Southampton University (where he was Hockey Club Captain), before gaining a PGCE from Cambridge University in Secondary Geography (during which time he played Varsity and National League hockey). He is a keen sports fan, particularly rugby, hockey and cricket, and plays hockey and cricket for the staff teams. Simon is married to Kim, a primary school teacher and they have a young son, Rory, and added to the family with another boy, Lachlan, in June. They love spending time in Cornwall, the New Forest and Norfolk. Simon is a keen photographer and enjoys playing the guitar. He is a firm believer in taking opportunities and this is the ethos of the Egerton, with all boys giving things a go, at least once!
David Best has been teaching for 34 years, 16 years of which have been at Bloxham. He joined Egerton House four years ago, having been Crake Housemaster for 10 years. He teaches Maths to all ages and abilities, from First Form up to further maths with Upper Sixth, and coaches hockey and cricket. His three children were all educated at Bloxham and have now moved through university and into the world of work. He is also a member of the Black Caps, the staff cricket team.
Egerton Tutor Team
Nick Pigott joined the Egerton tutor team towards the end of the last century and is Head of Geography. He coaches the 5th XI hockey and many of the boys are keen to embrace his ‘Wenger’ style of management! He is a keen footballer, getting anyone and everyone to play 5-a-side during the week or on the weekend, in attempts to emulate his beloved Arsenal FC. He will keep quiet about it but he is also a talented chef, with his homemade samosas and chocolate eclairs something to behold!
Georg Stindt joined the tutor team three years ago, having previously been the Head of Lower School and a tutor in Crake House prior to that. He teaches maths and physics and has previously been Head of Science. His passion is spending time in the outdoors, and has regularly enjoyed introducing students to the French Alps, thanks to the annual Second Form trip. He still likes to think that he can do some running when the joints allow, but tends to spend more time supporting rugby from the touchline now! Both his boys spent happy and successful years at Bloxham.
Toby Cowley joined Bloxham in 2015, having recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education. He has taken up the role of Head of Cricket and started this role in the Summer Term of 2017. He has a real passion for coaching cricket and rugby and enjoyed a successful season with Oxford University Womens’ Cricket, including a victory at Lord’s last year. Toby plays cricket for his club, Brixworth, as well as captaining the staff team, the Black Caps
Alex Gray joined Bloxham in September 2016 as the Head of Computing and Digital Learning. He has enjoyed his first year in the house, and loves a good duty night! His interests outside of teaching include behavioural economics, politics and spending time with his wife and young son. He is a big fan of computer coding and is teaching many of the students about the e-safety programme being delivered in schools and colleges around the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Odlin joined Bloxham six years ago from Wychwood School, and joins us this year as a tutor in Egerton, having previously occupied the role of a Raymond House tutor. She is the Director of Sport and teaches A Level and GCSE PE. She played national league hockey for over ten years, currently plays with Oxford Hawks Club, and is also actively involved in the England Hockey single system. Her other interests include cycling, running, tennis and any other sport that involves a ball.