Grafton House is named after Richard Grafton, MP, printer and historian and Warden of the Grovers’ Company, for his work in the City relating to the Royal Hospitals. Born in 1512, the son of a merchant, he dedicated a large portion of his life to the School. He was the first Treasurer of Bridewell Royal Hospital, the charitable foundation that supports the School.
Grafton House is first and foremost a community where everyone is celebrated for who they are and what they bring to the House. We have a high academic aim, balanced with plenty of sports, music and the arts.
Grafton House is a boarding and day boys’ House from 3rd Form to Sixth Form, ages 13 to 18. As it is currently not paired with a girl’s House it is fondly known as ‘the Bachelor House’.
Mr Emsley has been the Housemaster at Grafton since 2015 and is supported by Rachel, his wife, two daughters, one dog called Callie, around 20 fish, and two shrimps! He joined King Edward’s in 2011 teaching in the Science Department and still teaches Physics and Biology and gets involved in the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Mr Emsley’s eldest daughter completed her International Baccalaureate at King Edward’s in 2012, giving him a unique perspective of the School from parent, pupil and teacher viewpoints.
Mr Cochrane is proud to be Grafton’s Assistant Housemaster. In addition to his Assistant House duties, he teaches Physics and takes an active interest in all things scientific, engineering and role-playing games. He hails from the local area but has lived in several countries and speaks several languages to prove it.
Housemaster: Mr Emsley
Assistant Housemaster: Mr Cochrane
Matron: Mrs Spassova
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