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House Staff

Housemaster

Mr Matt Coley

Matt joined College in January 2002 and took over as Head of Physical Education and Master i/c Rugby in September of that year. He was educated at King’s College, Taunton before reading Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Leeds. After a two-year stint as a professional rugby player at Leeds RUFC he went to Cambridge University to complete his PGCE. Matt was formerly Head of Boys Games at Rugby School before joining College.  He became Housemaster of Southwood in September 2012, supported by his wife Abi, a Lower School teacher at Cheltenham College Prep School. They have two children, Joe and Tilly. He continues to be heavily involved in College sport, coaching rugby and cricket sides and is part of the Sports Management Group.

Assistant Housemistress 

Mrs Alex Eldred

Alex was educated at St Swithun’s School, Winchester and went on to read History at the University of Durham. On completion of her degree, she studied for a PGCE and MEd at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Alex began her teaching career at The King’s School, Grantham, where she spent three years. Following her marriage to Ed, she moved to Cheltenham in the summer of 2012 and threw herself into life at College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she looks after the skiers, enjoys coaching the Yearlings B hockey team in the Autumn Term and a senior netball team in the Spring Term. Alex is also the Scholarships Co-ordinator at 13+ and 16+. Outside of College, Alex plays netball, runs and watches cricket.

House Tutors

Mr Gwyn Williams

Gwyn graduated from University of Gloucestershire with a MA Sports Development and has previously held the role of hockey professional whilst he was playing National League for Stourport HC, but more recently was elevated to be Head of Hockey. He remains heavily involved in hockey within the area as Head Coach of Cheltenham HC who play National League and has become part of the coaching team for the Welsh U18 Boys. Hockey is indeed a major part of his life as Gwyn spent two seasons out in Melbourne playing and coaching for MCC. His coaching as also taken him to Kenya where he ran a coaching course for school/elite coaches as well as a holiday camp for children. Apart from hockey, sport is a major part of his life as a keen golfer regularly playing at Cotswold Hills or watching the rugby at Kingsholm. At College he takes the girls and boys 1st teams as well as the Colts A cricket team.

Mr Simon Conner

Simon was educated at Sedbergh School and Durham Univerity where he studied Geography BSc. His first teaching job was at Uppingham School before moving to College in 2001. Recently he has also completed a MEd in Educational Leadership. At College he has coached all three main boys' sports, been an officer in CCF, residential tutor and was Housemaster of Hazelwell for 6 years. He has taken over new roles of Head of Third Form, is in charge of the Third Form Challenge and is Prep School Liaison. His main passion is golf and his proudest achievement is that he has two 'holes-in-one'.

Mr Andrew Straiton

Mr David Lait

Mr Stephen Morton

Mrs Jane Moore

House Matrons

Mrs Jane Clements-Yapp

Jane was educated at Wigan Girls’ High school, then at De Montford University before her 20-year career in IT with Kraft Foods and 5 years in administration with Trinity Church, Cheltenham. Alongside her IT qualifications, Jane is a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and is passionate about personal development.  She is keen to help people feel significant and to reach their full potential. Jane joined Southwood in May 2014. She feels privileged to be part of the team, to share some time with the boys, and use her skills and experience in the school environment. 

Mrs Helen Thomas

Helen was educated at Simon Langton Girl’s Grammar School in Canterbury and then went to Oxford Brookes University to study Hotel and Catering Management. Helen then spent the next 10 years working within the Hotel Industry in Food and Beverage Management and then later Personnel and Training. In 1996 she set up her own business providing Food Safety and Health and Safety Training to the Catering Industry.

In 2003 Helen and her family went out to Romania where they lived and worked for 18 months as Christian Missionaries in a Special School. Helen home schooled her two boys whilst living there and would say that this was probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding times in her life.

Helen joined the Southwood team in January 2015 and has settled in quickly and is enjoying her new role.  As her own boys start to fly the nest, she now has another 67 to manage!