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Horsley Boys

The House aim is to create a sense of community and to give its members a sense of ownership of its life.

The House consists of around 90 boys, who mainly come from the part of the catchment area to the south of Cranbrook, mostly living in Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Benenden and the part of Rolvenden that is within the catchment area.

The House spirit and sense of community in Horsley Boys is a tribute to the way in which all members of the House, students and tutors, work together to achieve a sense of belonging.  This is shown by the fact that all the boys in Years 9, 10 and 11 wear their House ties.  Our aim is to make the House something more than each of its members can be individually.  We are keen to give the students responsibility and experience of leadership as these enhance the sense of community within the House.


House contacts and positions of responsibility

Head of House: The Revd. J H Sykes, Housemaster

House Captain: Josh Gard

Chair of the House Council: Fred Baker

Student Council Reps: Matt Dale, Angus McGowen

Junior Student Council Reps: Jack Barras, Cameron Stewart               

Prefects: Joe Alderson, Fred Baker, Josh Gard, Will Hagerty, Owen Matthews

House Sports Captains: Joe Alderson, Matt Dale, Will Hagerty, Owen Matthews, Angus McGowen

Charity Committee Rep: Josh Gard

Members of the House Council: Tom Allen, Freddie Baker, Josh Gard, Tom Hayes, Cameron Stewart

Students in charge of Registration: Freddie Baker, Dom Ferdinando, Dillon Gorman, Giles Penny

Student Listeners: Freddie Baker, Ben Waters

Parent Rep: Emma Cunningham


House Colours

A navy blue tie with narrow gold stripes.


House Tie

Alternate navy and gold stripes of equal width.


Life in the House

On the last day of the Autumn Term we hold a Christmas assembly which includes a reminder of the Christmas story and carol singing.

On the last Friday of the Spring Term we run the Horsley Arcade, a lunchtime fete, jointly with the Horsley Girls, to raise money for the Houses’ contribution to the Lenten Appeal and which is donated to Hawkhurst Cottage Hospital.  All the students in the House are involved with running stalls and activities.  On the last day of term we hold an Easter assembly which includes an Easter egg raffle.

We make a real effort to involve the boys in the way the House is run. The Housemaster has a fortnightly meeting with the House Captain to discuss the running of the House, and the House Council, which has a representative from each year group, also meets on a fortnightly basis to discuss House matters.

Registration each morning at 8:15am and each afternoon is carried out by the students, with a student in each year group in charge of their group’s register.  The House meeting at 10:15am each day is organised by senior students and the House Captain reads the school notices.  Senior students act as mentors to the juniors, particularly those in Years 9 and 10, and cover for the tutors when they are away.  In recognition of the contributions made to the life of the House, a significant number of Year 13 students are awarded their House colours in their final year at school.

Each Monday, House assembly begins the school and House notices which are read by the House Captain, other senior students, tutors and the Housemaster.  The main part of the assembly consists of a talk or presentation by the Housemaster, a tutor or a student.

Events Diary

  • Horsley Parent Meet up: Monday 17th September, 08:30, Hartley Dyke Farm Coffee House
  • Horsley Parent Meet up: Thursday 20th September, 19:00-21:00, The Great House, Hawkhurst
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