Chapman boys show wonderful hospitality and are accepting of each and every individual; indeed that is what makes the House so special. Chapman is a busy and happy community of boys, in which individuality is embraced, differences are valued and boys are able to thrive and truly be themselves.
Chapman House reinforces what it means to work as a team. Despite being one of the smaller boys’ houses at Worth, we regularly outperform the opposition on the sports pitch due to our will to succeed for each other. Togetherness is what makes Chapman great and, no doubt, champions of the future!
Mr Mark Macdonald has been Housemaster in Chapman since 2015. He writes: “With 45 boys to care for under one roof, days in the House are always lively. It is a good job I enjoy the busy life as I have a new-born and a toddler to keep me on my toes when I get home! In the rare moments of quiet, I enjoy getting out for a swim, bike or run, or if I’m really lucky, all three.”
Mr Andrew Lavis is Deputy in the House and they are supported by a tutor team with a great wealth of experience between them. Dr Duncan Pring and Mr Julian Williams share the Year 9 tutoring responsibilities, Mrs Frances Baily tutors Year 10 and Mr Sebastien Donjon tutors the Year 11 boys. Fr Martin and Fr Rod offer spiritual guidance to the House as Chaplains. This year Eli Barrott leads the boys as our Head of House.
Chapman House is named after John Chapman who was the fourth Abbot of Downside in 1929. He was the founder of Worth Priory (1933) which later became independent in 1957 and then became Worth Abbey in 1965. Worth Preparatory School had a Chapman House from 1946 to 1959, and it was therefore fitting that ,as Worth School grew to accommodate its first senior school cohort , one of the first boarding houses was named after Abbot Chapman in 1960. Chapman later became the first dedicated house for day boys in 1997, moving to its present location at the top of the hill in 2001.