Bishop Fox House
“Fox boys are kind and compassionate, but can also be competitive. ”
Bishop Fox Ethos
Above all things, Fox boys have integrity. They will do the right thing even when no one is looking. Fox boys want to contribute to their community in any way that they can. Fox boys work hard but they also know how to enjoy themselves and are involved in all aspects of school life.
We have a number of the elite sportsman, boys who are studying to go to Oxford or Cambridge, boys who excel in music and star in the school plays, boys who have leadership roles in the CCF, boys who love building 3D printers and boys who are young entrepreneurs and run small business. All of the boys in the house are important and they are all encouraged to respect each other and their achievements whatever they may be.
Fox boys are kind and compassionate but can also be competitive. Therefore, Fox boys are not one thing and Fox is not a 'type' of house. They are, however, fiercely proud of being a member of Fox!
Bishop Fox House was one of the school’s original four Houses and initially occupied one of the large dormitories on the first floor of the main building. It is named after Bishop Richard Fox (one of Tudor King Henry VII’s closest advisors) who was a great benefactor of education in Taunton. Indeed, the school’s pelican crest was Bishop Fox’s emblem.
In 1946 the school purchased Fullands (on the way to Taunton racecourse) as far larger premises for ‘The Fox’. Fullands was a former school which counted General Gordon of Khartoum amongst its alumni. The Fox became the largest House, known for its close-knit atmosphere with a strong sporting reputation, possibly because the boys had to cycle up and down South Road on a regular basis.
The move to the current purpose-built accommodation attached to two characterful 19th century properties took place in 1986.
Bishop Fox Today
Bishop Fox is a full house with a maximum of 80 boys ranging from Third Form to Upper Sixth. Fox is traditionally the biggest of the houses both in terms of numbers and its physical footprint. The junior boys have fantastic old Georgian style rooms and the Upper Sixth all have weird and wonderful bedrooms. All the boys have a bed and study area regardless of year group, or whether they are a boarder or day pupil. This allows a truly flexible boarding option.
2018 saw Bishop Fox win a variety of house competitions from House Debating to House Rugby. The Yard continues to be the life and soul of the house with a constant and varying plethora of games being played. This versatile open space also plays host to the famous ‘Fox Rocks’ house events as well as a number of other gatherings. Life is incredibly busy but hugely enjoyable, so please come and visit us.
House trips include a variety of visits, from going to see the Exeter Chiefs to Somerset 20/20 matches as well as music, theatre and out for a regular pizza or curry. The boys barbecue as often as the weather permits them to and they run cinema trips on the occasional Sunday. If they are feeling particularly adventurous, they might go paintballing, on high ropes at the nearby Vivary Park, or just to the beach – Tristan is open to suggestions.
The main house event is 'Fox Rocks', which sees the boys invite friends from across the school to a fantastic rock concert in the Bishop Fox courtyard. It is a great event, staged entirely by the boys. The other key event is the special formal dinner for Upper Sixth, which witnesses great speeches and much joviality.
Tristan Stone joined King’s in 2017 as a member of the maths department, and tutor in Bishop Fox, before taking up the post of Housemaster in January 2019. Alongside his teaching career, Tristan has lived and worked in a wide variety of boarding school environments, and he is thoroughly looking forward to working more closely with all the boys and staff in Bishop Fox. It is a busy and exciting house, and Tristan has been particularly impressed by the friendly and welcoming environment that exists among the boys.
Tristan lives in the Housemaster’s accommodation with his wife Rebecca, their spaniel Millie, cat Bramble, and Hermann’s tortoise Rosie. Rebecca is also heavily involved in school life at King’s, running the biology department, coaching netball, and assisting with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
As well as teaching maths, Tristan can also regularly be found on the sports pitches coaching rugby and cricket. In his spare time, he plays cricket and basketball and is a lifelong Bristol Rugby (Bears) and Somerset Cricket fan.
Rhys began the role of Deputy Housemaster in January 2019, and is looking forward to getting involved in the House and the various activities and people within it.
Within the school, he heads up the Strength & Conditioning department, working with three other coaches in the school to enhance and deliver quality training support to those keen and budding sporting pupils. As well as this, you may well find him out on the athletics track, hockey pitch, rugby pitch, or anything that might involve getting a run around. He works within the PE department to shape and deliver the Third Form programme, in the hope that this will give those new to the school a good idea of what is on offer, and what they will need to do in order to make the most of their opportunities.
He has a wealth of interests, many of which may come as a surprise to those within the school. A highlight of his time at school is getting to accompany Mr Lang and the Upper Sixth physicists to CERN in Geneva – a recommended trip to all who have the opportunity. The same could be said for the senior rugby tour to South Africa, which Rhys feels is a country that everyone should visit at some point.
Anyone who has a question or a problem is encouraged to ring on his doorbell (or check the PE office…), and if he doesn’t have an answer right then, he will endeavour to find one!
Assistants and House Matron
Andrew Edwards (Head of Geography - pictured)
Jason Grindle (Head of Design and Technology)
Mrs Perry is the Matron in Fox and a very important person! She keeps the house ship-shape and makes sure you keep your room tidy and that you have clean clothes and all the important things in life. She also runs the tuckshop. She has a team of dedicated cleaning staff who work solely in Fox looking after the pupils.