Our aim is to provide a friendly, family-centred caring environment for study and relaxation in which your son can feel secure and happy. We seek to encourage each boy to fulfil his potential and to impart, through example and education, a set of standards and values that will stand the test of time. We hope that through this, pupils will learn to respect themselves and those with whom they have to live. This is a house which forges genuine long-lasting friendships based on many shared experiences over five years together. As a team from Years 9 to 13, the boys support each other to work hard and play hard and to make the most of the many sporting, musical, dramatic and academic opportunities which Framlingham College offers. The phrases “Nothing is impossible,” the word itself reads “I’m possible” and “No guts, no glory” are both synonymous with key values of Garrett House.
Meet the Housemaster: Jon Slay
I have been at the College for thirteen years and have been Housemaster of Garrett House for seven years. I teach Geography and am heavily involved in the games programme among the many and varied responsibilities. I have had many responsibilities during my time at the College including House Tutor, Head of Year 9, Master in charge of Hockey, Activities Co-ordinator Director of Sport and most recently am also Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead. I am married to Emma and we have 2 children, Joshua (14) and Sophia (11). We also have Monty, our Chocolate Labrador, who the boys will see around the boarding house.
History of Garrett
Richard Garrett (the sixth) inherited the family business at Leiston in 1837. He carried the Long Shop agricultural machinery works to unprecedented heights and ‘by 1850 Garrett of Leiston drills and horse-hoes were the best known in England. Steam engines followed traction engines for ploughing, and the steam roller, with the familiar trade-mark of a prancing horse in gleaming brass on its funnel, appeared. Machinery from the Leiston works…was sold all over Europe…’ (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Jo Manton, 1965).
Richard was a major supporter of the Great Exhibition and he sponsored a second exhibition in 1862. He was an early member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, as well as a member of the Institutes of both Civil and Mechanical Engineers. Both he and his family contributed significantly to the building of the College: he paid for the Lodge and Entrance gates; his wife for the construction of the Chapel Nave; his cousin, Abraham Garrett of Glemham Hall, gave £500; one son-in-law, Frederick Peck, donated the College clock and bell worth £170, while another also gave generous financial support. The family featured prominently among the first list of College governors and continued to do so well into the twentieth century.