Mr Christopher Cox became Housemaster of Tallis in 2018. Formerly Head of History at Gresham’s since 2013, he is joined in Tallis by his wife, Helen, and three children Alfie (7), Phoebe (4) and Stanley (2). Chris continues to teach history and to coach cross-country at the school. He is a keen runner and sports enthusiast.
Tallis 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.
The Assistant Housemaster 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 Howland (Teacher of Mathematics) – 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
Tallis promotes a culture of excellence in House. The highest standards of conduct and academic work are expected at all times. Pride in our work and our community, Courage to attempt the challenges faced and the Ambition to succeed at the highest level, are at the heart of all that we do and promote in Tallis. The House has a very unique spirit and a ‘can-do mentality’ that pushes the boys to embrace challenge and the numerous exciting opportunities life at Gresham’s affords them whilst supporting their efforts and rewarding their achievements.