Senior Boys' Boarding House - Crake House

CrakeCrake 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. 

This year, the Crake House Captain is Will Brodey. 

House contact details Crake House

Housemaster - 01295 725315

Matron - 01295 724308

You can follow Crake House on Twitter @Bloxham_Crake.


Richard Devesa joined Bloxham seven years ago, having previously taught in France and Spain. He is in his fifth year at the helm of Crake, following a two-year period as Assistant. He is Head of Spanish and coaches the rugby 2nd and 3rd XV teams. He also coaches basketball and swimming. Richard enjoys reading and going to the cinema and is passionate about Real Madrid, although he has had to put up with a lot of taunting from the Crake boys, who are convinced Barcelona are better! He lives with my wife, Vanessa, and his two children, Ana and Sammy, in Bloxham, close to the school. 

Assistant Housemaster

Saul Beavis joined Bloxham in September 2016, and hit the ground running, coaching the junior Colts A rugby team to a famous county cup victory, a side which had a heavy Crake House influence. Alongside teaching practical PE and games, he is also Head of Athletics, a sport he wishes to grow at Bloxham. After leaving professional rugby league and his beloved home town club, Hull FC, Saul studied at Bishop Burton College in the north of England on a three year rugby union scholarship. In his spare time he loves to return home to Yorkshire to catch up with family and friends, explore the coast line and surf. His other passion in life is music, especially music from the 60’s and of the rock ‘n’ roll variety. 


David Dales joined Bloxham School in September 2009, from Dover College. David is the Head of PE, as well as being heavily involved in running boys’ and girls’ hockey. Bloxham has been a family affair: both David's children are Old Bloxhamists and his wife, Jayne, works in the Lower School. Sport has been a large part of David's life and he still actively plays cricket, tennis and table tennis. David enjoys showing guests around his home city of Oxford and one of his proudest moments in education was being a tour guide for 50+ members of Crake House in the summer of 2015!

Dave McLellan joined Crake five years ago after stints in Raymond (when it was a boys’ House - yes, it was that long ago!), Egerton and Wilberforce. Apart from his duties as Head of Languages, he enjoys coaching the senior boys tennis and squash and playing chess against any boy brave enough to challenge him! Having been at Bloxham for twenty years, he knows its idiosyncrasies as well as anyone, but he is still learning that Crake boys can surprise you with their myriad of talents, occasionally with their foolishness, but always with their first class “banter”!

Bertie Matthew is Director of Art and has been a tutor in Crake since September 2014. He teaches fine art and photography to all year groups and runs a number of art related activities and clubs in the afternoons. He enjoys coaching and playing fives and cricket, as well as running. In his spare time Bertie can be found painting in Devon, quietly practicing the bagpipes on a hill, visiting exhibitions in London, gardening in France and trekking in the Himalayas. 

Sajid Hussain joined Crake as a tutor on his arrival to Bloxham in September 2015. He teaches business studies to the senior school students as well as coaching cricket to the U14C team. Prior to joining Bloxham, Saj had taught in Derby and Leicester, as well as spending 13 years in Dubai. Outside of the classroom his passions include reading leadership/ management books, cooking and spending quality time with his wife and three children. He has also been a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club and is hoping to see his hometown, Derby, get promoted to the Premiership next season!

Alex Redpath has been Director of Music at Bloxham and a Crake House tutor 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, Alex enjoys finding opportunities to get the Crake boys into the kitchen— a chicken biryani rustled up by his tutees whilst exploring British values was a recent highlight! Outside school he enjoys travelling, gardening and all things family related.


  • Housemaster

    Richard Devesa

    Call 01295 724315

  • Assistant Housemaster

    Saul Beavis

    Call 01295 724365

  • Tutor

    David Dales

  • Tutor

    Dave McLellan

  • Tutor

    Bertie Matthew

  • Tutor

    Sajid Hussain

  • Tutor

    Alex Redpath

  • Matron

    Hetta Nicholson

  • Assistant Matron

    Dawn James