Bishop Fox House
“Fox boys are kind and compassionate, but can also be competitive. ”
Bishop Fox is an incredibly, friendly and welcoming environment. Boys are encouraged to continue to explore and expand their interests and involvement in all aspects of school life. We are a proud and successful house with a strong tradition of being well represented in all areas of the school. We have a fantastic mixture of sportsmen, actors, musicians, and academic scholars, and some boys that do everything! All of the boys in the house are important and they are all encouraged to respect each other and their achievements whatever they may be.
Bishop Fox House was one of the school’s original four Houses and initially occupied one of the large dormitories on the first floor of the main building. It is named after Bishop Richard Fox (one of Tudor King Henry VII’s closest advisors) who was a great benefactor of education in Taunton. Indeed, the school’s pelican crest was Bishop Fox’s emblem.
In 1946 the school purchased Fullands (on the way to Taunton racecourse) as a larger premises for ‘The Fox’. Fullands was a former school which counted General Gordon of Khartoum amongst its alumni. The Fox became the largest House, known for its close-knit atmosphere with a strong sporting reputation, possibly because the boys had to cycle up and down South Road on a regular basis.
The move to the current purpose-built accommodation attached to two characterful 19th century properties took place in 1986.
Bishop Fox Today
Bishop Fox is one of the biggest houses, catering for between 70 and 80 boys ranging from Third Form to Upper Sixth. The accommodation and rooms are a mixture of spacious and quirky areas, with some of the older boys living in the oldest, Georgian part of the building. With the luxury of space, we have plenty of social areas, as well as designated study areas for younger boys, and enough beds to accommodate the whole house if they ever do all board at the same time. This also offers great flexibility for day pupils when they do stay for the night.
At the centre of the house is the courtyard area. This is a fantastic space for the boys to enjoy, particularly when the sun comes out, with a constant and varying plethora of games being played. The courtyard also plays host to our annual house concert ‘Fox Rocks’, as well as a number of other gatherings throughout the year.
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. The boys barbecue as often as the weather permits them to and they run cinema trips on the occasional Sunday. If they are feeling particularly adventurous, they might go paintballing, on high ropes at the nearby Vivary Park, or just to the beach – Tristan is open to suggestions.
The main house event is 'Fox Rocks', which sees the boys invite friends from across the school to a fantastic rock concert in the Bishop Fox courtyard. It is a great event, staged entirely by the boys. The other key event is the special formal dinner for Upper Sixth, which witnesses great speeches and much joviality.
I live attached to the boarding house with My wife Rebecca (Dr Stone) who also works at the school as Head of Science and biology. I am here to look after you and support you throughout your time here at King’s.
Bishop Fox is an amazing house and I really hope you are looking forward to joining us in September.
If I had to sum up the house I would say a huge amount of fun, a caring and supportive atmosphere, a home away from home with brilliant staff and Sixth Form who will help you along the way.
Beyond my responsibilities in the house, I also teach maths and coach rugby and cricket. I am a lifelong Bristol Rugby (Bears) fan, and still enjoy playing social cricket.
Mr Llewellyn-Eaton is the Deputy in Bishop Fox and he lives in a flat under the Fifth Form dormitories.
He is a key figure around the house and someone else you can always turn to if you have any questions or need help with anything.
Within the school, he heads up the Strength & Conditioning department.
As well as this, you may well find him out on the athletics track, hockey pitch, rugby pitch, or anything that might involve getting a run around.
Mr Llewellyn-Eaton is also a Third Form tutor.
Assistants and House Matron
Dr Rebecca Stone (Head of Science, and biology)
Tim Jordan (Head of Business and Economics)
Ed Lewesy (Head of Rugby – pictured)
Chris Pearson (Head of Outdoor Education)
Gerd Wrobel (Maths teacher)
Mrs Perry is the Matron in Bishop Fox and is the single most important person! She keeps the house shipshape and makes sure you keep your room tidy and you have clean clothes and all the important things in life. She also runs the tuckshop. She has a team of dedicated cleaning staff who just work in Fox looking after you. It goes without saying you must be very nice to her and her staff at all times!
Taylor has been a committed member of Bishop Fox House since joining King’s at the start of the Third Form. He is a very keen and talented sportsman, and is certainly a character who has made the most of his sporting opportunities here. Cricket is his most prominent sport, having played regularly for the 1st team since the Fifth Form. He also plays cricket for Devon. In addition, Taylor has enjoyed playing rugby in A teams, and also plays 1st team hockey. Taylor has continued to pursue his passionate interest in sport through the BTEC Sport course in the Sixth Form, where he has excelled in his first year of study. He is a calm, mature and friendly character, and someone who will always be there to help. He is particularly keen to promote and maintain the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that exists within the house.
Charlie also joined Bishop Fox in the Third Form, and has always enjoyed a busy involvement in house life. Another talented sportsman, Charlie plays both rugby and hockey for the 1st teams, although I still think some of his best sporting performances were seen back in my U15 B cricket team! Charlie always embraces opportunities to get involved, and is one of those boys who will step in and help wherever needed. At the start of the Lower Sixth, Charlie took on a new challenge through the school CCF, and was a member of an incredibly successful Pringle Trophy team. Despite enjoying a busy involvement in sport and activities, Charlie is also dedicated to his academic work and has had an excellent year studying economics, English and history at A level. Charlie is another friendly and enthusiastic character, and I am sure you will get to know him very well next year.