Boyne House is the oldest Boarding House at College and probably even the oldest school Boarding House of the Victorian era, as Sir Matthew Wood conceived the idea for the House in 1840.
Throughout its history, the Boyne House spirit has always been strong and at Brooksmithite (as the old boys of Boyne House are known) reunions, the House welcomes back boys who have gone on to a broad spectrum of careers with notable success in the fields of politics, exploration, scientific research and business; a firm foundation on which each of the current Boyne House boarders can build and a history to be proud of.
The Housemaster of Boyne House is Richard Penny. Richard lives in the House with his wife Tamaryn, (a Classics Teacher at College), two children and Noodle the miniature Dachshund. Beyond the family feel that you would expect to be fostered in a Boarding House, Richard and his team of tutors instil values of manners and effort within Boyne House boys. The boys are encouraged and educated to be very polite, to look after each other, to be grateful to those who go out of their way for them and to know how to host guests.
Brooksmithites know that effort brings reward and are expected to implement this in all areas of College life, as well as getting out of their comfort zones by trying new things.
Brooksmithites know that effort brings reward and are expected to implement this in all areas of College life, as well as getting out of their comfort zones by trying new things like the Three Peaks Challenge, hill walking, taking part in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race and being involved with charity initiatives.
Richard is supported by Beren-Dain Delbrooke-Jones, Assistant Housemaster and College Librarian, along with Resident Tutors James Copeland-Jordan, Head of Chemistry and Chris Reed, a Physics teacher at College.