It is the intention of myself and house staff to make Woodard a friendly, happy and exciting house in which to live and learn. My aim as a Housemaster is to bring out the best in the boys, whatever their interests. The staff in Woodard aim to create an atmosphere which is open, tolerant and trusting. We encourage the boys to develop their extra-curricular interests and promote culture, sport and academic achievement. Above all Woodard should be a safe and happy home away from home, allowing the boys to meet their potential in work and play.
Woodard house has the best view in the school – overlooking the 1st XI cricket pitch – and benefits from new accommodation on the north-west side of the campus, just a two-minute walk from the dining room. Our main common room is big enough to hold the entire house and has Sky TV. We have a cinema room, complete with projector, 150-inch screen, and access to Dr Snell’s wildly unpopular collection of board games or 'bored games' as they are known. The 6th formers have an additional, very smart, common room, complete with plasma TV, fridge freezer and library. We also have two kitchens where the boys' culinary skills are put to the test as they struggle to make 'toast', sometimes 'beans on toast', and occasionally a ‘bacon sandwich’. Other facilities include table football, a paddling pool, daily newspapers and magazines, and our ever popular tuck shop.
Woodardians are a social bunch, and I take the boys out to smart(ish) restaurants in town a few times each term, although we are now banned from any ‘all you can eat’ restaurants; the appetite of a 16-year-old is limitless. We love the cinema, and go at least once a week, although my attempts to interest the house in stage plays have thus far fallen on deaf ears. Three or four times a term we will do a whole house Sunday trip, such as paintballing or surfing. I also try to take each year group out camping overnight, with the enthusiasm for sleeping under thin canvas quite unbelievable. As if four 'all you can eat' buffets supplied daily by the school weren't enough, we have an U6th pizza evening every week, as well as a Saturday night cook-off, and barbecues every Sunday in the summer. House events include a charity fancy dress dodgeball tournament, competitive cooking against girls' houses and any other events I can think to bring a smile to the boys faces.