Located right at the heart of the School, Abbey House is proud of its reputation for warmth, hard work and good humour.

With easy access to the Music School, Sports Centre, Library and Dining Hall, Abbey House gives boys a real sense of being at the centre of the action. The House is characterised by the diverse gifts and talents of its residents: everyone’s achievements are deeply valued.

This culture is manifested in a variety of ways. Boys genuinely look out for each other, across year groups. The senior boys take their formal responsibilities towards junior pupils very seriously, and show concern in informal ways too: a kind word here, a few minutes of attention there. In Abbey House, the importance of such gestures is understood, and seen as an important feature of life together.

The philosophy of Abbey House is simple: be who you are, work hard and play hard. As a community, every member will celebrate who you are, as you celebrate who they are. Therein lies the path to mutual growth and flourishing.

Housemaster: Hugh Tatham

Housemaster of Abbey House: Hugh Tatham

Hugh joined Sherborne in 2015 as Assistant Head (Co-curricular) and a member of the Religious Studies Department.

Having boarded as a Chorister at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and then at Lancing College, he studied Theology at the University of Oxford. He then began his teaching career at Prior Park College, Bath. In 1999, he moved to Monmouth School where, over the next sixteen years, he was variously Head of Religious Education, Head of PSHE, Housemaster of a day house and, for seven years, a member of the Senior Management Team as Head of Sixth Form.

Hugh is well known for his wide-ranging sports coaching profile, as Master in Charge of Cricket, coaching the 1st XI, and as Under 15 Rugby coach. Hugh is married to Claire, who is a member of our Mathematics Department. They have two boys, Will and JP, both pupils at the school.

Abbey House Staff

  • Assistant Housemaster: Ms C Allen
  • Resident Tutor: Mr J Arkwright
  • Matron: Mrs C Neave 
  • Assistant Matron: Miss J Beardshaw
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