Senior Boys' Boarding House - Seymour House
Seymour House is a purpose built boys’ house set centrally within the campus next to the school swimming pool and overlooking the Headmaster’s Lawn. The house is home to approximately 60 boys and is named after Derek Seymour, a former Headmaster of the school. The Sixth Form boys are accommodated in single study bedrooms, whilst the Fifth Form occupy single or double studies. Fourth Form boys either have two or three-bedded studies; whilst the Third Form work in shared studies and Boarders sleep in a dormitory.
Housemaster, Matt Bull, lives in a house adjacent to the Boarding House, connected via his study, and the resident Assistant Housemaster has a self-contained flat within the building. The Housemaster is assisted by a team of tutors, Upper Sixth Prefects and Matron and her team.
This year, Seymour House Captain is Archie Hood.
House contact details
Housemaster - 01295 724311
Assistant Housemaster – 01295 724357
Tutor Room – 01295 724372
Matron – 01295 724358
You can follow Seymour House on Twitter: @BloxhamSeymour
Matthew Bull returned to Bloxham in September 2015, having been an Assistant Housemaster here between 2002 and 2009. This is Matt's third year as Housemaster of Seymour. He has two small children, Agnes and Mortimer. Matt is an avid sports lover with a life long association to hockey. He is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club and tries to spend as much time as he can at Lords during the summer. He is the proud owner of a dilapidated camper van and enjoys the outdoor life, provided there is some sunshine. Alongside this, Matt enjoys reading and would one day (like everybody else!) like to write a book. Matt splits his time between his duties as Housemaster and Marketing Registrar and will be assisting with sport duties occassionally, having been Head of Sport at a school in Oxford for a number of years.
Louis Yates became the Assistant Housemaster of Seymour in 2014. He is Head of Sixth Form and teaches PE, Psychology and PSHE at Bloxham, whilst also coaching hockey, rugby and cricket – taking a variety of junior teams. Louis has a passion for sport and has been lucky enough to swim at national level and play hockey at regional and national league. He lives in the Assistant Housemaster’s flat on the corner of Seymour House with his partner Emma, a primary school teacher, and their dog Harvey, who is always very excited to see the boys at registration!
Seymour Tutor Team
Andy Goldsmith has been at the school, and in Seymour House, since 2005. He teaches Maths and is also the Head of Rugby. Andy went to Oundle School and did his degree in business management at Newcastle University, followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University. He played rugby for Bedford and gained a rugby ‘Blue’ at Cambridge. Andy's teaching career began at Haileybury School, and then Kings School Auckland in New Zealand, before settling at Bloxham. He is married to Emma, and they have four children. Andy is a keen supporter of Newcastle United and likes to spend as much of his free time as possible travelling.
Martin Ruck has been with Seymour since joining Bloxham in 2012. He teaches Physics and Chemistry and is the school’s Examinations Officer. A graduate of Oxford University with a D.Phil. in Astrophysics, Martin was a senior commissioning editor at an international science publisher in Oxford before completing his PGCE in science in 2012. He is heavily involved in the school’s musical and dramatic activities, serving as both Chapel organist and leader of the technical team. Martin is married to Karen, and they have one daughter, a student at Bloxham.
David Finch has been a tutor in Seymour since he joined Bloxham in 2012. He teaches biology, and outside of the classroom he likes to coach the senior 1st XI cricket team, as well as working through the winter with other year groups. David was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to coach and play cricket in New Zealand after he left school, which was a great life experience. He lives in Bloxham with his wife, Kate, their baby, and their dog called Cozmo— you won’t miss him as he is a dalmatian!
Chris Saunders joined Bloxham last year as Head of English, when he also joined the tutor team in Seymour. He has lived in the village for four years with his wife and two children, Joseph and Ella. Alongside his interest in reading, especially historical and hardboiled detective fiction, Chris also enjoys the outdoors; walking and camping with his family. Before teaching, he worked in the tourism industry and enjoyed the opportunity to visit a number of far-flung and exotic destinations - this exposure to other cultures, traditions and ideas is always something he is more than happy to talk about!
Simon Batten joins the Seymour tutor team this year. This will be his sixth house that he has worked in during his time at Bloxham, including being Wilson Housemaster for nine years. Simon teaches history, coaches the 1st XV rugby team with Mr Goldsmith, holds the position of Master in Charge of Fives, and also runs the Wine Society. Outside of school he enjoys choral singing, horse racing and military history. Simon wrote a history book on the school ‘A Shining Light: 150 Years of Bloxham School’ and is currently writing a book on how the British Army prepared for war before 1914.