Hartnell’s House is a Senior Boys’ House that has an equal number of Boarders and Day-Boys. The building, formerly known as Matthew’s House, was traditionally the home of the Preparatory School Headmaster. It now comprises the Housemaster’s ‘Private Side’, flats for both the Resident Matron and the Resident Gap Tutor, and accommodation for up to 45 boys. The basement contains a large Prep and Registration Room, a Computer and Games Room, the Laundry Room and various changing and showering facilities.
On the first floor, there is a large House Hall, which is the ‘hub’ of the House both during the day and during the evenings. After prep, the boarders have a snack supper here and there is a comfortable lounge in which they can play board games, enjoy a game of cards or settle down in front of their favourite DVD. The second and third floors contain the Dorms, which vary in size from 3 to 6 beds, all of which are single and include lockable storage. Each dorm has its own theme and enjoy a cosy and warm feel.
The House is run as a family and we pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere. The boys are encouraged to develop an awareness of, and respect for, the needs of others, and are expected to make the most of all opportunities, be they academic, sporting, musical or social. For both the Boarders and the Day-Boys, Hartnell’s is ‘a home away from home’, where the individual matters.