Paul Laidler_TallisTallis Boarding House was named after Thomas Tallis who was Headmaster of Gresham’s from 1606 to 1640. The building, which is a purpose built boarding house, was opened on the 21st September 1963 by Sir Colin Anderson, Prime Warden of the Fishmongers’ Company.

Tallis offers dormitory accommodation for Year 9 and 10 pupils and individual purpose built study bedrooms for Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils, although Year 11 day boys will often share a bedroom. It provides plenty of privacy and well-kept bathrooms. The Head of House has his own larger study sitting/bedroom with en-suite facilities.

Tallis has its own games field which is very well used by the boys, particularly with the football goals, a grass volleyball court and croquet lawn. It has two updated computer suites, wi-fi throughout, a TV/pool room with Sky Sports and BT Sports, and a large common room/hall where table tennis, bar billiards and table football are popular activities. There is also plenty of seating for socialising. We run a number of in-house competitions and events for all the years to get to know each better such as an Oktoberfest party after October half term and Mexican Night with associated entertainment such as quizzes, party games and films. Tallis has its own purpose built stage which is put to good use during the run of ‘Tallis Entertains’, a popular annual show put on by the boys and staff during the Lent term where we raise money for the School’s charity of the year and Help for Heroes. In May, the whole House, many staff and parents run to Sheringham for a dip in the sea followed by fish and chips, a great Tallis tradition. There are currently 66 boarders and day pupils in Tallis from across the UK and the world

Tallis House Guide 2017-18

House Team

Residential staff

Paul Laidler, has been Tallis Housemaster since 2012. He currently teaches Biology, runs the Hodgkin Society and provides additional support for biological specialisms including Medicine and Vet Science, coaches rugby and takes pupils for golf. Paul likes to walk and run with his dogs and is interested in most things biologically-related although primarily sports/medical physiology, he is also interested in archaeology and ancient civilisations, cathedral architecture and loves watching sports, especially rugby and Newcastle United.

The Resident House Tutor is Henry Chamberlain, a teacher of PE, under 15A rugby coach and Tallis Year 9 Tutor.  Having attended boarding school in Oxfordshire as a pupil, Henry was awarded a rugby scholarship for Oxford Brookes University where he studied Sport, Coaching and PE.  He then worked at a boarding school in Australia before joining Gresham’s in 2015 as a Graduate Sports Assistant whilst completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Coaching with the University of Birmingham.  Outside of school life, Henry can be found on various skiing and surfing holidays as well as making the occasional appearance on the rugby field.

Ms Julie Ward-Simms is the Resident House Matron and is essential to the pastoral welfare and health of the boys.  She is available in the House throughout most of the day.  Julie is married to Len and they have two grown up children of their own.

Non-residential House staff

• Mr O’Donnell (History) – Tuesday evenings
• Mr Buckmaster (Head of Hockey) – Friday preps
• Mr Wheeler (Chemistry) – Thursday evenings
• Mr N Humphrey (a former residential House Tutor and Head of Design Technology) – Wednesday preps
• Mr Cox (Head of History) – Tuesday preps
• Mr Howland (Teacher of Maths) – Tuesday preps
• Mr Nichols (RS/Philosophy/ToK) – Thursday preps
• Mr Norfolk (Dyson Fellow< DT) – Wednesday evenings.

House Appointments 2017-18:

House Captain: George Giles-Loane

House Prefects: 2017-2018

  • Wona Igiehon (Deputy Head of House)
  • Sam Bennett
  • Felix Brady
  • Deniz Sareen
  • Javier Silva Lopez



House Ethos

Tallis has ‘HER’ rules: Honesty, Endeavour and Respect. The staff and the boys instil this in what we do. The House has a very vibrant community and spirit where the boys are encouraged to always do their best and occasionally come out of their comfort zone. The House Staff maintain a purposeful working atmosphere but also encourage the boys to pursue other interests both in and out of the House. Tallis has an enviable sporting record and has produced some fine debating teams. Ben and Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers and England scrum half) are Tallis’s most notable old boys.