Here in Rendlesham we aim to provide a happy, caring and disciplined environment in which boys are able to maximise their potential and to prosper as mature and responsible members of the College community. We take great pride in all our many successes in whatever field they are achieved. We encourage everyone to grasp with both hands every opportunity that comes their way. The House ethos is very simple: we strive for engagement, effort and excellence. Together with my superb pastoral support staff and tutors we aim to create a House that has an atmosphere of mutual respect, encouragement and friendship. Indeed, Rendlesham is known as ‘The House of Gentlemen’ and I look forward to you continuing this proud tradition.
Meet the Housemaster: Mark Lavery
I have been Housemaster of Rendlesham for five years, having moved over from Stradbroke where I was Resident Tutor for six years (similar in magnitude to moving from Liverpool to Man United). I teach Biology up to A-level and Physics to GCSE. I am a former rower and keen sportsman, but my extra-curricular involvement at the College is largely based in the music department, where I play French horn, trumpet and trombone as well as singing in the choir and directing the College Big Band. I am married to Donna and we have two children, Olivia (7) and Philip (5).
History of Rendlesham
Frederick Thellusson, the 5th Baron of Rendlesham,was President of the Corporation from 1886 until his death in November 1911. He was appointed Sheriff of Suffolk in 1870 and elected to the House of Commons as MP for East Suffolk in March 1874, a seat he held until the constituency was abolished at the 1885 general election. He was a great public servant, chairing Quarter Sessions and the County Council. His obituary in the East Anglian Daily Times noted, “his keenness as a sportsman gave him that all-roundness of disposition which nothing else in the English world seems so completely to confer”.
Despite his heavy public duties, Lord Rendlesham took a keen interest in all aspects of College life, presiding at annual Speech Days, and working really effectively with the governors to support Inskip’s remarkable Headmastership. Inskip represented the College at Lord Rendlesham’s funeral, “and among the wreaths sent was a handsome tribute from the boys and masters of the School” (Framlinghamian, December 1911).