Austin House is a friendly and welcoming house which is a crucial stepping stone for pupils as they transition to a senior school environment. Whilst we consider ourselves to be part of the main school, Austin House can promote a positive, safe and inclusive environment allowing Year 7 and 8 pupils to flourish as part of a close and happy community.
We are the only co-ed House in the School and have a capacity of around 80 pupils. The boarding pupils are currently based in either Junior Rutherford or Junior St Mary's, but use Austin House for socialising during the day. We eat lunch as a House in our own dining room each day and we hold regular House activities and social events.
From September 2017, Mr Liam Richman (pictured below) will take over as the new Housemaster of Austin. Alongside his Housemaster role, Mr Richman teaches Mathematics, Games and was Head of Year 9 last year at Worth School. Prior to coming to the School, he worked as a Mathematics teacher and deputy Head of Year for six years in a school local to the Crawley area. Mr Richman has a passion for sports and has participated in a variety at reasonable levels, including competing for Sussex in athletics and a achieving a black belt second dan in karate.
Minu Chaudhuri is the Head of Year 7 and will move through as head of year with her year group. Minu is married to Raj, our cricket coach, and their daughter Nikki was a pupil at Worth School who is now at university (Nikki plays county level cricket as well as having represented Worth School in the 1st XI). Minu has worked at Worth for 14 years. She has been a matron, taught in the learning support department, run the activities programme in the School and currently runs the Sunday activities programme.
Siobhan Isaacs is the Head of Year 8. She has worked the PE and Games department for six years. She has taught academic PE and her passion is Hockey, which she has played at national level. She is married to Andrew and they are in the process of growing a family. Siobhan has been a tutor, then deputy housemistress responsible for junior girls and is now assistant director of sport and Head of Year 8.
Fr Thomas is the House chaplain and is in the House every morning, interacting with the children and offering additional pastoral support. There is also a team of tutors who provide excellent pastoral and academic support to the children.
Austin has a strong House team to support the children and to ensure a smooth integration into life at Worth. The students are motivated to do well in a relaxed atmosphere and are taught to respect each other in daily life. They are treated with care and compassion at all times.