King Alfred House
As members of King Alfred house, the young gentlemen are expected to have a healthy mutual respect for all the individuals within the community, whether they are academic, athletic, artistic or musical. Each member is encouraged to express his own individuality and personality whilst showing kindness and tolerance to others. The gentlemen are expected to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and house events in order to develop well-rounded social and life skills. Ultimately, the experience should be fun and they are always involved in decisions concerning the house, so that there is a genuine life-long attachment to the King Alfred community.
King Alfred house is centrally located within the main building of King's College with whom it shares its name. With its impressive frontage and unique character, King Alfred aims to blend the best of the school's heritage with modern day touches and influences.
High ceilings, odd shaped corners and curious nooks and crannies make it an ideal boys' house with plenty of space to explore, and social areas to enjoy. Singularly unique dormitory style bedrooms define the Third and Fourth Form areas giving a direct link to the past, whilst a 60" plasma screen TV, Sky HD+, Cinema Surround, Blu-Ray DVD player, Xbox, Playstation and pool table bring it firmly into the 21st century.
One of the original boarding houses with a 130-year pedigree, King Alfred house is named after the famous King who burnt the cakes. Occasionally the practice of burning toast at break time has been known to occur in respectful memory of that fateful day!
King Alfred Today
King Alfred is a now a healthy 67-strong community made up of Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form pupils. 45 boys are boarders, the remainder being day boys who play a full and active part in the house, with a dedicated study area and bed, often staying to complete prep on an evening or take part in a house activity or rehearsal.
The members of King Alfred annually compete for the King Alfred Gentleman of the Year Award which is given to the member of the house who throughout the year best displays the qualities most encouraged within the boarding house including, a willingness to get stuck in, respect for all the members of the community, hard work, resilience, maturity, impeccable manners, and a caring and supportive personality.
Life is incredibly busy but hugely enjoyable so please come and visit us!
Weekend activities and events are varied and many, ranging from cinema trips to 'Come Dine With Me' evenings, as well as paintballing, BBQs, trips to the county ground or trips to rugby matches in the Premiership or the European Cup. The gentlemen get opportunities to dine out in town as year groups. Through the boarding house experience we aim to allow members of the house to develop new skills and engage with each other socially.
Every year the house does something for charity. Last year the house cumulatively rode the distance from Taunton to Rio de Janeiro, continuously through the night. In doing so they managed to raise £5700 for Cancer Research UK. The challenge is to think of exciting and effective charity ventures.
Steve King is the new Housemaster of King Alfred and brings a wealth of experience – 17 years in the Royal Marines, two years as Deputy in Woodard House, and five years in the commercial sector running a web development agency. Steve has two children, Ethan (16) and Scarlett (14) and joins King Alfred with his partner Vicki.
As well as house responsibilities, Steve also the CCF Contingent Commander, and Head of Digital Marketing within the Admissions and Marketing Team.
A keen photographer and film maker, when he does find time to enjoy life away from school, he likes to indulge this passion. He's also partial to a spot of camping, reading and enjoying the outdoors.
Steve would like all the members of the house to feel able to come and see him about anything, from worries and concerns, to a simple cuppa and a catch up.
Pete is the new deputy of King Alfred House. Having worked as a deputy in Bishop Fox, Pete has a wealth of boarding experience. He was even a pupil at the school once upon a time!
Within the school, he heads up the Royal Marines Section of the CCF. As a highly experienced CCF instructor, he co-ordinates the Royal Marines syllabus and activities, and also manages the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Pete is an experienced kayaker and accomplished climber, and enjoys travel and the great outdoors!
Assistants and House Matron
Steve Shaw (Co-curricular, Athletics)
Richard Llewelyn (Athletics)
Rachel Florey (Learning Strategies)
David Jessop (BTEC Sport)
Matt Taylor (Design Technology)
Simon Noyce (Psychology)
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.
Sergei is our House Captain. His goal is to improve pupils’ commitment to, and passion for, various activities and sports. He believes this will help maintain mental wellbeing and create a solid balance between academic studies and co-curricular activities. Sergei is also very keen to bring the house together and to make everyone feel included. He is currently studying five A levels – maths, further maths, chemistry, economics and Russian. Outside of the classroom, Sergei participates in many societies and activities and has a particular love of swimming, water polo and many other aquatic sports. CCF and DofE have also been something he has really enjoyed.
Sergei is looking forward to meeting you in September.
Cameron is our House Vice-Captain. He joined King’s in the Third Form and has loved being part of the King’s community and of King Alfred House. As vice-captain he hopes to bring a supportive atmosphere to the house, which would enable higher rates of participation in house and school events, with all members of the house feeling supported in all their pursuits. At A level, he is studying economics, history and English, and is also a member of various sport teams. With a keen interest in outdoor pursuits, Cameron has enjoyed his time in the CCF and undertaking DofE awards. He also has a passion for aquatic sports such as kayaking and water polo. He admits to having little free time outside of school, but whilst at home, enjoys chess, fishing and cycling and is an avid reader.