King Alfred House
As members of King Alfred house, the young gentlemen are expected to have a healthy mutual respect for all the individuals within the community, whether they are academic, athletic, artistic or musical. Each member is encouraged to express his own individuality and personality whilst showing kindness and tolerance to others. The gentlemen are expected to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and house events in order to develop well-rounded social and life skills. Ultimately, the experience should be fun and they are always involved in decisions concerning the house, so that there is a genuine life-long attachment to the King Alfred community.
King Alfred house is centrally located within the main building of King's College with whom it shares its name. With its impressive frontage and unique character, King Alfred aims to blend the best of the school's heritage with modern day touches and influences.
High ceilings, odd shaped corners and curious nooks and crannies make it an ideal boys' house with plenty of space to explore, and social areas to enjoy. Singularly unique dormitory style bedrooms define the Third and Fourth Form areas giving a direct link to the past, whilst a 60" plasma screen TV, Sky HD+, Cinema Surround, Blu-Ray DVD player, Xbox, Playstation and pool table bring it firmly into the 21st century.
One of the original boarding houses with a 130-year pedigree, King Alfred house is named after the famous King who burnt the cakes. Occasionally the practice of burning toast at break time has been known to occur in respectful memory of that fateful day!
King Alfred Today
King Alfred is a now a healthy 67-strong community made up of Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form pupils. 45 boys are boarders, the remainder being day boys who play a full and active part in the house, with a dedicated study area and bed, often staying to complete prep on an evening or take part in a house activity or rehearsal.
The members of King Alfred annually compete for the King Alfred Gentleman of the Year Award which is given to the member of the house who throughout the year best displays the qualities most encouraged within the boarding house including, a willingness to get stuck in, respect for all the members of the community, hard work, resilience, maturity, impeccable manners, and a caring and supportive personality.
Life is incredibly busy but hugely enjoyable so please come and visit us!
Weekend activities and events are varied and many, ranging from cinema trips to 'Come Dine With Me' evenings, as well as paintballing, BBQs, trips to the county ground or trips to rugby matches in the Premiership or the European Cup. The gentlemen get opportunities to dine out in town as year groups. Through the boarding house experience we aim to allow members of the house to develop new skills and engage with each other socially.
Every year the house does something for charity. Last year the house cumulatively rode the distance from Taunton to Rio de Janeiro, continuously through the night. In doing so they managed to raise £5700 for Cancer Research UK. The challenge is to think of exciting and effective charity ventures.
Sam Florey is in his fifth year as Housemaster of King Alfred House and is loving being able to share his house with 67 fine young gentlemen. Sam previously spent three years in Tuckwell House as an assistant before making the move over to King Alfred. Assisted by his wife Rachel, who works in our Learning Strategies Department, the experience has been immensely rewarding so far.
Sam and Rachel have two daughters, Bobbie (4) and Belle (2). They love to spend a lot of time with Daddy going around the house and checking on the “big boys”. The couple have two dogs; Peggy (a Jack Russell) and Jaffa (a Sprocker Spaniel), who love all the attention they get. King Alfred is a hugely enjoyable place to live.
Sam loves to be able to go into the boarding house, play pool, chat to the boys, raid the tuck shop, watch sport on TV and, get to know the characters within the house. When not in King Alfred, he can be found either teaching in the Biology Department or coaching on the cricket and rugby pitches.
Sam would like all the members of the house to feel able to come and see him about anything, from worries and concerns, to simple cups of tea and cuddles with the dogs!
Steve Shaw – Steve has been in this role since 2008. He is currently studying to be a geography teacher through the Open University after working as the school’s IT manager. Steve is also the head of the CCF Army section, and makes a significant contribution to sports coaching with involvement in athletics, boys' and girls' hockey and recently leading the girls' U18 football to the ISFA national title and coaching the U18 JRPC girls' hockey side. He has a great love for sport and photography and is often found at school events behind the lens.
Assistants and House Matron
Nick Lorimer (Business and Economics)
Brendan Craggs (PE and BTEC Sport)
Emma Helliar (Science)
Richard Llewelyn (Head of Athletics)
Dan Short (Football)
The house would not run without our fantastic Matron, Rose Derrick. She has been with King Alfred for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. She has a genuine love of the house and it shows in the way that she deals with the boys on a daily basis. She is the person everyone turns to when they need something and Rose is always there to help, especially when the boys cannot find the biscuits! Rose is assisted by a brilliant team who ultimately make the boarding experience a hugely exciting one.
Dylan is a full boarder from Kenya. He has been in the boarding house all the way through from Third Form so has a very good understanding of the challenges facing new pupils, in particular those from overseas, when they first join the boarding house. Dylan is a very approachable and caring young man, his only fault being that he supports Australia in all sports!
Luke Oldknow is this year's Vice-House Captain. Luke joined King’s College in the Lower Sixth from Zimbabwe and embedded himself in the boarding house right from the start. He was quick to get to know everyone and is often found in discussion and passing on advice to younger pupils. When he isn’t busy rearranging his hair, he has time to talk to everybody!