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Alan Stromberg has been Housemaster of Howson’s boys’ boarding house since 2010, and lives there with his three sons: Benjamin and Nicholas have recently graduated from university (Bristol and Cambridge respectively); Oliver is in the U6th. Poppy the black lab is two years old.

Alan has taught Mathematics at Gresham’s since 2006. Before that, he was commissioned for 19 years in the Royal Engineers, having specialised as a surveyor and geodesist. As well as coaching hockey and cricket, he assesses expeditions in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and has recently taken over the role of Head of Lower Years, with emphasis on Prep School liaison.

The House was built, along with the other original buildings on the site, in 1900 and the first pupils boarded from 1902. It was the original boarding house and was also the home to the Headmaster, George Howson, after whom it is now named. Within its marvellous stately exterior is a very modern boarding community, with day and boarding pupils mixing seamlessly and it remains a homely place for both study and relaxation. There is a full boarding ethos in the House: during the week and especially at the weekends the boys can take advantage of a computer suite, games rooms, a large common room with pool table, newspapers, Sky television and a lovely log fire. The House has full Wi-Fi coverage.

All day pupils have their own study. Year 9 and Year 10 boarders share a dormitory with one or two others. All Year 11 and Sixth Form boarders have their own study bedrooms. Howson’s currently has 67 boarders and day pupils.

The House staff cultivate a friendly, supportive and purposeful environment in which the boys can both relax and do their prep, supporting the wider curriculum.

Families who are considering Gresham’s for their son are most welcome to visit us at Howson’s.

Parents Information Booklet


House Team

Residential Staff:

  • Assistant Housemaster – Mr Chris Reed, Teacher of Physics
  • Resident Matron – Mrs Susan Lancaster.

Non-Residential Staff:

Cleaning Staff – Caroline, Margaret, Lucy, Barbara and Trevor.

Other Academic Tutors:

  • Mr Sam Curtis, Mr Mike Matthams, Mr Tim Keen, Mr Andrew Coventry, Mr Steve Adams, Mr James Thomson, Mr Simon Gates and Mrs Henrietta Robinson are all tutors in Howson’s.

House Appointments 2017-18:

House Captain: Henry Alston

  • House Prefect and School Captain: Billy Buckingham
  • House and School Prefects: Ben Dugdale and Leonide Massine
  • House Prefects: Antonio Negro and Freddie IIles

If you are a new parent looking for information about the House, please view our Parents’ Information Booklet above.