Austin House is a friendly and welcoming house. We consider ourselves to be part of the main school but very much having our own gentle atmosphere. It is a huge step to move from a prep school to a senior school and we appreciate this.
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 Junior Rutherford 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.
Mrs Caroline Burton has been Acting Housemistress for the last six months but for 2017-18 Mr Liam Richman will take over as the new Housemaster of Austin. Mrs Burton moved to Worth from Scotland last year along her husband, who is Director of Sport. She works at Worth in the Biology department. Prior to coming to the School, Mrs Burton worked in boarding schools for 14 years, ten in senior schools as a biologist and occasional chemist. For the last six years she has worked in a prep school and, therefore, has extensive experiences of working with Years 7 and 8 as well as experience of boarding houses. Mrs Burton lives on the campus with her husband David and their two children, who enjoy the freedom of the grounds at Worth.
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 has just left Worth School and is off to 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 a 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. Mrs Isaacs is currently on maternity leave and in the meantime Mr Thomas Richardson, our Head of Rugby, is acting 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. The tutors also help the children in many ways.
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.