Rutherford House is the oldest and most traditional building in the School, which was originally the old Cowdray Estate Manor, at the centre of the School campus. The Victorian style of building gives it a more homely atmosphere for its pupils.
Rutherford’s Housemaster is Mr Damian Cummins, who is Housemaster to Years 7 to 13 and was a former professional rugby player with Gloucester R.F.C. and ex Director of Sport in previous schools. All of the five Cummins children are presently or have been through the School and as you would expect with Mrs Susan Cummins also being a qualified Physical Education and Mathematics teacher (and British Springboard diving champion) they are all exceptional in their particular sports. Mrs Cummins is Deputy Housemistress to Years 7 and 8, so in effect both Mr and Mrs Cummins (pictured below) are Rutherford House Parents.
Mr Ben Young is Deputy Housemaster, Mr Matthew Doggett is the Boarding Tutor and Joe Fava is Rutherford Chaplain, supported by Fr Gabriel Dobson. Our Matron is Mrs Jane Sands, who does a superb job for all the ages in the House, and is also Assistant Housemistress to the Year 7 and 8 boys. Mr Jonathan Fry is Junior Rutherford Boarding Tutor.
Our aim is very simple and seems to work very well indeed, and that is to honour and respect each other, both pupils and staff alike. The students have a great appetite for success in House competitions which brings them closer and motivates them as a House, in addition to there being a calm sense about the place. As a result there is something of a more relaxed atmosphere where the pupils enjoy each other’s company.
Rutherford is full of different personalities and characters and the boys in the House are able to develop in their own way, in a comfortable, disciplined and caring environment that encourages individuality.