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Watson's House

Watson's House

Founded in 1878, Watson’s is one of the oldest houses in Clifton, and has a proud history of success and achievement in all areas of school life. Academic success and progress is at the heart of everything that we do, backed up by musical, sporting and dramatic excellence.

The House prides itself on creating a very warm, caring, and open atmosphere; one in which boys are as likely to mix across year groups as within.

University destinations of recent leavers include Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Exeter, Leeds, Cardiff, KCL, Southampton, Manchester, Durham, Warwick and many others. Courses range from Engineering or English to Mathematics, Medicine or Pharmacy.

House sport includes football, rugby, cricket, running, basketball, water polo, fives, squash, sailing, pool, chess, table football and much more. Sunday afternoons may see trips to go-karting, Bristol rugby matches, paintballing, football matches, and bowling.

Famous Old Watsonians include Sir John Kendrew, scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry; Sir David Willcocks, composer and conductor; and Simon Russell Beale, actor and director.