Harris House is a happy, safe place in which the world's most gifted young musicians live and work. Purpose-built as a boarding house, it was opened by Lord Menuhin in 1997. In September 2016 a new wing of the house was opened offering single en-suite rooms for the oldest boys. Harris House is sympathetically constructed in red brick, surrounded by trees and plants and set around the central quad of the School. At the rear, the House opens to a large field where pupils can play freely.
The Housemaster, Fraser Dewar, also has overall responsibility for sport and PE at the School. He lives in Harris House with his wife Amanda, who teaches English at secondary level.
All bedrooms have hand washbasins, and are either double or single rooms. Befitting the nature of the School, there are pianos in many rooms and corridors. The House is divided into areas, known as 'pods', with 4 rooms to each pod sharing bathroom and toilet facilities. To protect the students' security and welfare, there is an alarm system on the doors to the pods so that each area can be safe and self-sufficient overnight.
The House also boasts its own laundry room with washing machine and drier, as well as a common room with a large flat-screen television, pool table, a fridge, a freezer, a kettle and a microwave. During free time and at weekends, students can use this space to sit comfortably and chat. They can also come to the Housemaster's flat at any time to talk or relax over a cup of cocoa or for weekend activities. We are very aware that the School is their 'home away from home', and we do everything we can to make their days here happy and stress-free.
In addition to Fraser and Amanda, who live in a flat on the ground floor of the building, there are other members of staff - House Tutors - who help to cover evenings or weekends when Fraser is off-duty. There is a bedsit for House Tutors when they stay ensuring that there is always a dedicated member of staff in the building overnight.
We are all keen to be consistent with routine and self-discipline (such as bed times and getting up in the mornings). We also encourage students to look after their environment by contributing to the well-being of the community. We have a rota, for example, for keeping the common room clean and tidy, and we place a senior student in the single room of two of the pods to look out for the younger boys in the House.
Harris House is a fantastic community where every person is supported in what they love to do. It is a vibrant, happy place with plenty of intellectual and cultural ambition to help set them up for an exciting and successful future.