About the House
Marshall House, Rugby School’s Junior Department, occupies the former site of Dr Arnold’s stables. Situated on Dunchurch Road, and overlooking the historic Close, it offers a unique learning environment for Years 7 and 8 with some 30 day pupils (boys and girls aged 11-13) drawn largely from local primary schools.
There are two well equipped buildings, joined by a leafy playground, where each year group is taught separately, though meeting together for morning registration, meals and organised sport. Pupils are taught by specialist main school staff and share in the School’s superb Science, Drama, Music, Art, Design and Sports facilities.
The strength of Marshall House is its relatively small size which allows pupils to develop confidence within a friendly, disciplined and “family” atmosphere. Everyone is given the opportunity to flourish in response to a wide range of educational experiences and the two years are an excellent preparation for Year 9 in either Town (boys) or Southfield (girls) – entry for which is automatic. Expectations are high and there is strong pastoral support to enable pupils to realise their full potential.
In addition to their normal subject lessons, boys and girls take part in a variety of formative extra-curricular activities. These include concerts, music and drama productions, expeditions and hosting fundraising events for Children in Need to which the local community is invited.
Barrie Cunningham-Batt was educated at Winchester College (1972-77) before going on to read English at Bristol University. After running the English Department here for nine years, while also Assistant Housemaster of Whitelaw, he took over Marshall in September 2003. He continues to teach English throughout the School.
Though originally an oarsman, Barrie ran both the Squash and Real Tennis at Rugby for a number of years. He is married to Alex, a fellow graduate from Bristol, who also teaches within the School. They have two children – a son and daughter. Barrie enjoys all racket sports, while his main interest (apart from the weather) is medieval architecture and discovering the delights of rural parish churches.