MEET THE HEADS OF HOUSE: Ethan Butterfield and Rob Hayes
Coming from a small school called St Johns in Chepstow and being able to go home every day, boarding 6 nights a week was a different experience and challenge when entering the Senior School. After a few weeks into boarding I realised we bonded as a group quickly and became a collective of good friends, and we have had that same bond all the way through Senior School; after settling into Tower you start to become part of an amazing community and a sense of belonging where the boys respect one. And without the support of an amazing tutor team we couldn’t be the house we are today. I have been supported in the classroom, and on the sports field where I play for the first XV and am part of the Gloucester and England academies. Last year, I ran a half-marathon in support of Blue Sky Thinking and am also completing my EPQ. I have represented the house in a range of events from swimming to rugby to athletics.
Throughout my time at Dean Close I have experienced being both a day and boarding boy. I can say that my school experience has been vastly improved by boarding, especially thanks to Tower. The sense of brotherhood and unity is strong within Tower and it was one of the first things I noticed. Although I joined Tower in Remove, a year later than my peers, I eased into the environment quickly and smoothly thanks to good friends and older boys. Relationships with older boys within Tower have been hugely beneficial as boys with experience have been able to impart their wisdom and advice in regards to every facet of school life.
My passions range from academics, to sport and drama; I have been privileged to perform in a wide range of school plays from Jane Eyre to Amadeus, play for the first XV, and represent the house in public speaking and the house quiz. Being in Tower has greatly aided my endeavours in these disciplines. I have constantly found myself surrounded by a supportive house atmosphere in which my successes are publically praised, yet my shortcomings are privately discussed; this ensures that as a house we are constantly seeking to better ourselves to become confident, able young men of character.