Welcome from the Housemaster of Drake

Drake had a major face lift over the summer of 2017 and was reincarnated as the School’s newest co-educational day house. Boasting a modern, vibrant interior, incorporating state of the art day house facilities, the House still maintains its sense of history and warmth.

As ‘the originals’, the pupils in Drake build on the ethos of the School with a clear sense of community and purpose. The mantra of ‘I’ am Drake is at the forefront focusing on the pillars of: Involvement, Inclusion, Integrity and Independence. All pupils in the house are encouraged to develop a range of skills allowing them to prosper at school but also be well prepared for life beyond RHS.

The aim within the House is clear: the development of the whole person, where academic excellence, breadth of co-curricular involvement and pastoral care and wellbeing are all to the fore, thus allowing the individual to flourish. Pupils are encouraged to show academic maturity towards their studies but also to explore the wider opportunities on offer, where they can enhance their creativity and diversity whilst representing themselves, their house and the school with distinction. ‘Education’ in its truest sense is central to Drake House.

The welfare of each pupil is key. Drake offers a friendly, respectful and purposeful environment where pupils are challenged to push beyond their apparent potential and try their hand at the variety of activities on offer. In the process this will give them the confidence to ‘put their head above the parapet’ whilst enjoying the safety net of the house, tutor team and matron to support them. Drake is fortunate to have a strong set of tutors who have the best interests of their tutees at heart, allied to the calm, knowledgeable experience of Cathy Cantelo and Val George as our matrons (the glue holding us all together!).

Alongside the more formal elements of the school day, it is also important for the pupils to enjoy their down time, where they can build friendships and have a similar ‘home from home’ experience that many boarding houses do. Drake offers that balance allowing pupils to navigate the varied demands of the day. The sense of camaraderie and unity are all part of the Drake experience.

I joined RHS In September 2017 from St John’s School, Leatherhead – where I was formerly Director of Sport and a housemaster, so I have much experience of guiding pupils (and parents!) through the potential challenges of the school-based years! During my time there I coached the 1st XV rugby and 7’s teams as well as the 1st XI cricket side. Alongside that I was fortunate to work for Harlequins as Manager and Coaching Lead of their Academy DPP programme. However, having accompanied 2 choir tours (not that I was ever asked to sing and rightly so!), and attended numerous musical recitals and drama productions I have an eclectic mix of interests.

I am married to Philippa and we have a young daughter, Molly (plus our dog, Bumble, who enjoys being centre of attention…). Philippa will be a key ally in Drake as she is a former housemistress of a girls’ boarding house at St John’s as well as being a chemistry teacher and sports coach. She too is a keen sportswoman, having played county, premiership and international sport. On top of that, she is from Suffolk so her local knowledge is invaluable!

I look forward to welcoming you to Drake House, where you will be able to get a true feel for our community.

Nick Platt - Housemaster

Contact + 44 (0) 1473 326242


House Team
Housemaster Mr Nick Platt
Matron Mrs Cathy Cantelo
Matron Mrs Val George
TutorMr Matthew Ashworth
Tutor Mrs Louise Cline
Dr Marcus Gibbs
Tutor Mrs Sherina McMillan
Tutor Mr Julian Pabla
Tutor Miss Samantha Read
Tutor Mrs Louisa Rogers
TutorMr Roy Watson-Davis