Meet the Team – Tuckwell
Phil Lewis is now in his fifth year as Tuckwell housemaster and is now the most senior of all housemasters, believe it or not! Phil is also the Director of Sport at King's and lives on site with his wife Clare (who has also taught Geography and History at King’s), their two children Theo and Maya and their black Labrador Woody! The family have already had a fantastic time in the boarding house, especially Theo who has probably already broken the world record for the number of high fives a five-year-old can give in one day (70 teenage boys in one building does help!!). Theo also loves helping out with registration in the morning and with our pizza or ice cream evenings on weekends!!
What is the hardest thing about running Tuckwell House? Phil thinks this would have to be stocking up the tuck shop with all sorts of foods and drink that he totally disagrees with having studied Nutrition as part of his degree! When he’s not with the Tuckwell boys you will find Phil teaching in the PE department. He specializes in Exercise and Physiology and loves teaching the subject. He is also the Director of Cricket and is in charge of coaching the 1st XI and most of our elite cricketers. Phil has coached rugby and hockey throughout his time at King's and is also Master in Charge of Golf. He loves all sports and will encourage Tuckwell boys to get stuck in to the huge variety of sports and activities King's has to offer. Anything to get them away from COD! (He believes this stands for the computer game Call of Duty!). Phil also loves playing the guitar and has taken trips for our musically inclined pupils to watch concerts in Bristol and Exeter.
Phil is helped in the running of the house by his assistant Matt Lang and resident tutor Ben Thomas, plus three other tutors who each teach a variety of subjects and help with the smooth running of the house: Matt Lang, Ben Greedy, Valence Similien and Toby Smith all help with a duty night per week and it is safe to say their personalities bring a different spice to every evening in Tuckwell! Ben also lives attached to the boarding house and supervises when Phil is away! Ben is one of our sports performance coaches at King's (mainly rugby) and is also one of our strength and conditioning coaches.
Matthew Lang (Physics, Maths, and ICT)
Val Similien (Cricket and Hockey)
Toby Smith (Head of English)
Ben Greedy (Head of Chemistry)
Clare Lewis (Senior Tutor)
Lorraine Morton helps with the running of the house during the mornings. She organises the smooth running of the domestic side of the house, making sure that it is 'spick and span', at least while the boys are in class! The boys greatly appreciate that there is always milk, toast and biscuits available for a second breakfast at morning break. Lorraine is a mother figure within the boarding house and is a huge support to all the boys and a friendly face when it is raining, cold and dark in those winter months. She has teenage kids of her own so she is fully trained in the art of dealing with hormonal behaviour!
Tuckwell house captain is Rudi Smith. Rudi is this year's house captain and his larger than life personality and quick wit will serve him well in this position. He is highly academic but also a hugely talented musician (I think he plays about 20 different instruments) and a keen sportsman. He will probably be 1st XI hockey goalkeeper and plays for the 1st tennis team.
Our vice house captain is Jack Gibbs. Jack is a fun but calm and
self-assured pupil who will support Rudi in his role as vice house captain. He
is an exceptionally dedicated and hard working pupil who is not only doing
fantastically well academically, but is also a top sportsman. In particular he
has already played for Gloucestershire 2nd XI cricket as a 16 year-old!! He is also a very good swimmer and quite nifty on the pool table as well
(at least until he plays Mr Lewis!).