About Bishop Fox
House Ethos – who are Bishop Fox boys?
Fox boys are really supportive of each other. They work hard but they also really know how to enjoy themselves. They are involved in many different aspects of school life. We have some of the top cricket and rugby players in the school, boys who are studying to go to Oxford or Cambridge, boys who excel in music and star in the school plays, boys who are good at CCF, boys who love taking apart things to see how they work and boys, who most importantly, are good at being a friend. All of the boys in the house are important and they are encouraged to respect each other and their achievements whatever they may be. They like competition, and it is to them a measure of what they are capable of, and though they win many they know taking part is by far the most important thing. Therefore Fox boys are not one thing and Fox is not a 'type' of house but they are all fiercely proud of being in the house and look out for one another.
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 6th 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 traditionally the biggest of the boarding houses both in terms of numbers and in its physical footprint. It consists of 3 buildings: Bishop Fox itself is a modern purpose built boarding house with a wide range of accommodation. This is connected to the Holt which is a large Edwardian house on South Road with a variety of further rooms. Finally there is Gatcombe in which the Housemaster lives along with a number of Upper Sixth pupils. Fox is lucky to have a large range of very comfortable rooms, reputedly some of the best in the school. All surround the famous Bishop Fox courtyard which is the centre for social activities ranging from the rock festival ‘Fox Rocks’ to the house sport, courtyard cricket. The house has a number of smaller common rooms at the moment with flat screen TV’s and game machines and most importantly a well stocked tuck shop. In 2016 we shall be opening a new whole house common room purpose built on the side of the courtyard and this promises to be a very exciting addition.
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 – Alastair 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 6th, which witnesses great speeches and much joviality.