Boys’ House: St Margaret’s
St Margaret’s House was the first of the two senior boys’ boarding houses to be established, welcoming its first residents in 1913. Since then, whilst the house has evolved and the faces within it have changed, the shared ethos of respect has remained and is handed down like a baton from generation to generation. This basic principle permeates all we do in the house, guiding the boys in every aspect of their lives together.
Benefitting from the diverse mix of nationalities in the house, St Margaret’s has built up a reputation for its hospitality and kindness. Being such a close-knit group, the boys develop a genuine pride in their household which ultimately transcends their differences in age and background. For our younger residents, this provides a homely boarding experience with a host of older ‘siblings’ to support and encourage them. Collectively, they enjoy a healthy competitive rivalry with the other boarding houses, organising various sporting fixtures and events throughout the year that allow our wider boarding community to come together.
Mr Howell is married to Amie and has four children, three of whom attend Sutton Valence Preparatory School. Prior to his career in education, Mr Howell was a former Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police CO20 Specialist Public Order Command Unit and a professional rugby player.
As a boarder, my son has been able to take full advantage of the fantastic facilities available to him, the close family ethos of the School and the academic provision provided by the network of staff, who support both his academic and sporting needs and goals - Current parent
With the matrons on hand to help them, the boarders ensure that the houses are regularly filled with the welcoming aroma of freshly baked treats. At the weekend, for those who remain in the house, regular trips are offered to local attractions, shopping malls, theatres and the cinema.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our international boarders feel at home whilst they are with us. Starting a new school can be daunting at the best of times, but especially if it is in a country that doesn’t speak your first language, or you have never visited before. Equally, we understand this is also hard for parents to send their child overseas to study. As such, we make every effort to ensure that parents are equipped with all of the information needed, making the registration and induction process as simple as possible.
With easy links to the biggest airports in the UK, and various public transport options, it is safe and straightforward to get to Sutton Valence. On arrival, the students will be warmly greeted, toured around their respective house and immediately made to feel at home.