Meet the House Team – King Alfred


Sam Florey is in his third 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 was a Year 2 teacher at King’s Hall School, the experience has been immensely rewarding but quite different, having 67 teenagers in the house!

Sam and Rachel have two daughters, Bobbie (nearly 2) and Belle who was born this year. Bobbie loves 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!

Deputy Housemaster

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 and athletics. When he’s not busy with his studies, his work in the house and his sports, Steve can often be found behind the lens, capturing a wide range of events that take place across the school.

House Assistants/Tutors

Julie Gresswell (Head of Physics/Science)

Nick Lorimer (Business and Economics)

Brendan Craggs (PE and BTEC Sport)

Emma Helliar (Science)

Richard Llewelyn (Head of Athletics)

Dan Short (Football)

House Matron

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.

House Captain

Andrew Lake joined King’s College Sixth Form in 2015, moving to England from Zimbabwe. He excelled on the sports pitches, playing first team rugby, hockey and cricket. Andrew has impressed at King’s, taking time to get to know the younger members of the house, offering advice and a caring listening ear. On the academic front, Andrew is studying mathematics, geography and photography. He hopes that upon leaving King’s, he will go on to study sport in some capacity at university. Andrew is very well-respected and is a fantastically reliable and mature role model to others.

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