Robert Pearce House

RPH external viewWelcome to Robert Pearce House, one of the two Boys' Boarding Houses in the Senior School and well known for its unique approach to life.

Housemaster: Mr Richard Honey

Deputy Housemaster: Mr Matthew Drury




The diverse community, with around sixty boys from the UK and across the globe, is under the care and guidance of the Houseparents, Richard and Sharon Honey, together with an excellent team of residential and visiting tutors.

Life in the House is always busy and full and we openly encourage everyone to take an active part in House life. RPH, as it is more commonly known, is a lively and friendly place where the boys happily spend their free time in a very comfortable, caring, homely environment. The ethos of RPH is to create a home from home where everyone can flourish.

Whilst the House has a strong track record in sport, in the past few years RPH has produced a number of academic scholars, impressive artists, some outstanding actors and musicians, as well as Heads of School.

Boys are attracted to RPH by its reputation and its House spirit both of which are second to none. The House motto, Vigor Unis Multorum Robor (Courage of One, Strength of Many) is as valid today as it has ever been.

Contact: 01279 838590

House Facilities

RPH Common Room Jan 2018

RPH has a large common room, equipped with a television, table football, table tennis and a pool table. This is where the whole House gathers each day for House Assemblies and it is the social centre of our community.

Rph kitchen Rph bedroom

The kitchens are equipped with a microwave, toasters, sandwich makers and kettles and boys are free to cook snacks in the evenings or at weekends.

The top floor boasts ten single rooms for Sixth Formers (all en suite). The first floor has eleven twin rooms (for Upper Fifth formers) and five single rooms, all en suite, plus two Boarding Assistant rooms.

On the ground floor are three quads for flexi-boarders, offering plenty of study space as well as room for personal belongings and a disabled access room.


Saturday school at Bishop's Stortford College finishes around 3pm, or at such time as sports fixtures finish. Our full boarders who stay throughout the weekend are well cared for and enjoy being part of a smaller group of friends with time to relax, use the school facilities, go into town and join in the organised activities and trips out, such as Thorpe Park theme park, cinema, ice-skating, ten-pin bowling and visits to London or Cambridge.

History of RPH

The House is named after Sir Robert Pearce MP, a long serving secretary to the Governing Council and a pioneer of Daylight Saving.

In the same year in which the Memorial Hall was opened, 1922, the foundation stone of Robert Pearce House was laid. The following year, on May 16th 1923, the House was opened by Lady Pearce who afterwards entertained the whole House for tea. The first Housemaster was A.G. Tidmarsh.

In 2015 the House was devastated by a fire and all boarding pupils were placed in temporary accomodation. The House was re-opened in Spring 2018.