Edward House is named after King Edward VI, the boy king who was persuaded by Nicholas Ridley to hand over the Bridewell Palaces in 1553 for the education of disadvantaged children. A mission that continues today through the School’s bursary ethos – to provide a first-class, free or supported education to talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who, through no fault of their own, cannot thrive educationally in their home environment. All our pupils benefit from living and learning in our diverse socio-economic, academic and cultural environment where, as Edward’s motto attests, every boy is respected as an individual.
Edward House is a boarding and day boys’ House from 3rd Form to Sixth Form, ages 13 to 18. Edward House is paired with the Tudor girls’ House.
Mr Tobias is proud to be leading Edward House for a fourth year, with Mrs Tobias as the House Matron. Their two sons, Oliver and Benjamin, live in the House, Oliver is a King Edward’s pupil and Benjamin is at our partner Prep School and nursery, Barrow Hills. Their dalmatian, Basil, is very much a member of the House and the official House mascot.
Mr Tobias joined King Edward’s in 2016 as Edward Housemaster. In addition to Housemaster duties Mr Tobias teaches English and is involved in football coaching which gives him the opportunity to get to know his boys, and their friends, outside House life.
Mrs. Tobias is famous for her baking skills. The ‘Mrs Tobias’s mouth-watering lemon drizzle cake’ is a celebrated indulgence by both pupils and parents! Always heard laughing, endlessly caring and kind, Mrs Tobias makes sure the boys feel part of a big family.
Mr Lynch-Frahill is Assistant Housemaster and teaches History. He is an academic tutor and often seen in his sports kit coaching sport across all school years. Always available, he has endless energy and good Irish humour. His company is very much enjoyed by all.
Mr and Mrs Tobias’ mantra ensures their boys enjoy a relaxed, friendly ‘home’ that is also a purposeful environment where boys value work and respect each other as individuals. It is an ethos which ensures everyone is happy, and one that undoubtedly has helped the boys secure fantastic academic success as well as win several inter-House competitions. Last academic year (2018-2019) they won House Drama, House Football, House Swimming, House Hockey, House Basketball and House Cricket competitions, all contributing to the Cockhouse Cup. Edward House was also runner up in the House Music and House Cross Country events. A really great year!
Housemaster: Mr Tobias
Assistant Housemaster: Mr Lynch-Frahill
Matron: Mrs Tobias
As part of King Edward’s Wellbeing and Development Programme, Miss Laura Sessions (PSHE Co-Ordinator) organised a two day training course for fifteen members of staff from both Barrow Hills School and King Edward’s Witley to complete their Youth Mental Health First Aid qualification. This was an internationally recognised two day course delivered by trainer Jane...