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Clothworkers’ House

It is a great privilege to take educated teenagers to the doorstep of adulthood.

All Clothworkers are imbued with the spirit of togetherness. Life-long friendships are forged in the tutor rooms, characters fine-tuned to conquer the outside world, a sense of community prevails, of bold adolescents willing to give it a go. We breed confidence in the individual, rejoice in our diversity and pull together in adversity.

 The House Community and Staff

Our motto is: ‘if in doubt do it – especially if it brings joy to people.’ It is our unwavering belief that, at the inaugural re-construction of the vertical House system back in September 2011, the selectors chose a greater quantity of the finest talents in the School under one roof so as to pool together a master-race of talents from across the globe. It is no surprise to report that Clothworkers’ has become a cradle for future Heads of School. The list now includes more Heads of School and future Oxbridge candidates from Clothworkers’ than all of the other Houses put together: Hannah Bateman; Tom Brunger, Sophie McGannon; Lewis Burnham; Anton Evans and Anne-Lotte Lijesen.

Head of House

Mathew Jones arrives from a teaching post in Kenya as a new recruit from September 2016. He is an established Geography teacher and overcame a strong field on interview day. A Human Geographer with some worldly experience, 

Tutor Team

Dr Simon Hiscocks 

Dr Hiscocks, the Head of Science, combines a cheerful command of his charges with the academic clout of a champion. Even on the dullest winter days, his smile is never far from the surface. Keen cyclist and general keep-fit fanatic, Dr Hiscocks is a healthy role-model with the perfect work-life balance.

Miss Sarah Pritchard

One-time banker Miss Pritchard provides a warm maternal glow over her tutees, a snug nest coated in downy feathers. It is no secret that her set habitually achieve the highest attainment scores in the House, a fine track record of success. Sarah teaches Business Studies.

Mr Julian Zane

Mr Zane is an experienced schoolmaster with two teenage daughters now in their external examination years. He knows all about the stresses and strains of guiding teenagers through their secondary education, both in the classroom and at home. Julian Zane has a zest for life and a marvellous sense of humour. He definitely goes the extra mile both in the classroom, where he fronts the Media Studies Department, and also for his tutees where he has shown himself to be a great fan of the bespoke curriculum.

For House competitions, Sutton, the girls boarding house, joins forces with Clothworkers’ Day House.

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North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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