Bishop Fox House
House Ethos – Who are Bishop Fox boys?
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 began its days further up South Road as Fullands House until it was moved onto the main site in 1980. The main body of the house was purpose built in the 1980s and is attached to two Georgian houses on South Road, which makes for a house of character with a good deal of space and large Upper Sixth Form living facilities. At its heart, the house has a substantial courtyard. The house takes its name from Bishop Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, Exeter and Bath and Wells as well as Chancellor of Cambridge University and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, all during the Tudor period. The house also has connections through its Fullands links to General Gordon of Khartoum.
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. We barbecue as often as the weather permits us to in the summer and run cinema trips on many Sunday’s. We might go paintballing or on high ropes courses or just to the beach – Will is very open to suggestions. The main house event is 'Fox Rocks', which sees each boy inviting several friends to a rock concert in our courtyard. It is a great event staged entirely by the boys. The other key event is a special formal dinner for Upper Sixth, which witnesses great speeches and much joviality.
As Housemaster of Bishop Fox, Will lives in Gatcombe – which is at one end of the house – with his wife Bronwen, who is a doctor, and their two children Rosie (three) and Johnny (one).
Formerly an officer in the Royal Marines Commandos, and following a short three years in the private sector, Will turned to teaching and joined King’s College in 2015. Will enjoys all sports but in particular rugby. Early morning surf trips to Saunton Sands are also not unknown. He encourages all the boys in Fox to have a broad amount of interests and to get the most out of life. Will encourages the younger boys to try everything, and over the course of their time at King’s gradually allow their interests to specialize but without becoming too narrow.
The role of Housemaster is to make sure that everybody in the house is happy, safe and has the opportunity to do their best in the school. If you are worried about anything or need any help you can always pop by to see Will for a chat ... even to tell him when things are going well!
Chris Pearson is the Assistant Housemaster and lives under one end of Fox in a self-contained flat. He co-ordinates outdoor activities for the school as well as being a school marshal and in charge of the Sunday activities program. He is a very keen sportsman and particularly enjoys rugby and cricket. Most importantly he is an ex Bishop Fox boy himself so has a keen awareness of what life is like in house. He is obviously brilliant at arranging outings and provides another great listening ear close by for those who need it.
Assistants and House Matron
Andrew Edwards (Head of Geography)
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.
This year's House Captain is Will Smale.
He will be ably assisted by Vice-House Captain Harry Dray.