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. We regularly outperform other Houses in inter-house competitions due to our will and determination to succeed for each other. Togetherness is what makes Chapman great and, no doubt, champions of the future!
Mr Mark Macdonald (pictured left) has been Housemaster in Chapman since 2015. He writes: “With around 80 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 two very excitable young children 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 we are supported by Mrs Adriana Buckley, the Boys' Day House Matron and a tutor team with a great wealth of experience between them. The Year 9 tutoring responsibilities are divided between Dr Duncan Pring and Mr Dan Weaver, both of who carry considerable pastoral experience as a former Housemaster and Head of Year repectively. Mr David Burton and Mrs Lucinda Button share Chapman tutoring responsibilities for Year 10 while Mrs Frances Baily and Mr Paul Ambridge do the same for Year 11. Sixth Form tutor groups are mixed across boys and girls' Day Houses with the tutoring responsibilities divided among a number of specialist tutors. Fr Martin McGee offers spiritual guidance to the House as our nominated House Chaplain while Will Desmond, himself a former Chapman boy, provides spiritual support in his role as a Forerunner, one of the School’s youth ministry team. This year Mathew Morriss leads the Chapman boys in his role as Head of House and Chapman Prefect.
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.