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House Ethos

Tuckwell is a truly wonderful boy’s boarding house! As soon as you enter this fresh and modern boarding environment you are overwhelmed by the sense of brotherhood amongst the boys. The variety of academics, musicians, thespians and sportsmen make the house a vibrant and exciting place to be, and the sense of community we have here is wonderful as is often witnessed when the boys support each other in the many events they take part in across the school. It is a home away from home and the boys really respect that principle.

It is the aim of Tuckwell is to ensure the house is a happy and safe place to live or spend time in, where all feel as though they can express themselves with confidence and strive to be whatever they want to be. There will always be opportunities for individuals to take responsibility and develop leadership skills. In doing so, we hope the boys will adopt the values of aspiration, integrity and respect, creating a work 'hard and play hard' ethos where friends for life are made.



House History

Tuckwell house came into being in 1965, when rapidly increasing numbers meant the school urgently needed another house. It is named after the Reverend William Tuckwell who built the first school on this site. He was a great advocate the teaching of 'the unfashionable cause of science'. In 1977 Tuckwell house was one of three Houses which moved to the old rambling Convent site (now a slick housing development) where other boarding houses were also located. In 2002 the new house was built on the main school site, an impressive building rendered in an earthy pink to reflect the hues of the local soil, with lovely views over the 1st XI cricket outfield.



Tuckwell Today

There are 70 boys in Tuckwell house, spread throughout the year groups. There is a nice balance between boarders and day pupils. There are three Third Form dorms with separate study rooms, next to the housemaster's accommodation (in case prep time becomes too exuberant), most of the Fourth Form and Fifth Form have twin study bedrooms, and Sixth Formers have single study bedrooms. Day pupils have their own designated study area integrated within their year groups, and there are beds available for when they wish to board, often more than once a week. The day boys are very much included in house life and often stay on to do their preps in the evening or for the many house socials we run each week.




My name is Brendan Craggs and I am your Tuckwell Housemaster. I live on site, next door to Tuckwell, with my wife Magdalena (Mags), my 2 year old son, Sullivan, and new born son Oskar. And not to forget, Teddy our cat who loves roaming the corridors of Tuckwell. My door is next to your studies on the ground floor.

I’m in charge of your pastoral and academic welfare. If you have a problem or need permission to do something then you should talk to me in the first instance. Basically I am here to look after you!

If I had to sum up the house I would say that it is a huge amount of fun with a caring and supportive atmosphere. It is a home away from home with brilliant staff and Sixth Form pupils who will help you along the way.

When not directing proceedings in the house, I can be found teaching in the PE, and the BTEC Sport department. On top of that I coach the U15A rugby and cricket teams. Sport is my passion – I am an avid Somerset CCC and a Bristol Bears fan. I love playing golf, cricket and have now ventured into the world of playing veteran’s football (YES, a veteran at 36 years old!). I am also getting used to being a dad and love spending time with the Tuckwell family as well as my own.


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