Burr House accommodates approximately 50 pupils, with a combination of full and weekly boarders, as well as day pupils, ranging from Year 9 to Year 12. Burr is centrally located on the College campus, adjacent to the main drive of the College opposite the brand new John Turner Building.
Mr Andy Dix has been Housemaster of Burr House since 2012, and lives in the House with his wife Sarah and their three children. Andy teaches Physical Education and Mathematics and also holds the position of Senior Housemaster. He is interested in a range of sports including rugby, golf, cricket and hockey, and is also partial to a bit of staff football when time allows.
Andy is supported by matrons Mrs Jennie Miles-Thomas and Mrs Sandra Jeffs, and an enthusiastic team of visiting tutors. In September 2014, Head of Psychology Mr Richard Ebbage took over as Assistant Housemaster. In addition to teaching, Richard enjoys coaching the football 1st XI. Burr House staff are passionate about creating a homely environment for the boys who live there for prolonged periods of time.
Burr is predominantly a boarding house, but also welcomes a small number of day pupils. In lower year groups, boys live in shared dormitories, with supervised prep taking place in an attached classroom. As boys progress into senior years, they are allocated their own bedroom which provides a private, quiet area in which to work or take a break from the hustle and bustle of Shiplake life.
Burr House has a newly renovated common room, complete with a widescreen television. Sky Sports 1 is often the channel of choice, especially on weekends where boys tune in to catch the latest sporting events. The ongoing refurbishment programme is also serving to upgrade a number of rooms and dormitories. The House is wireless networked throughout, and there is a pool table room where competitions are held every Tuesday evening. Other evening events include card games, backgammon and a weekly quiz night, while at weekends boarders enjoy a range of activities including ice-skating, go-karting, wake-boarding and day trips. Fitness fanatics enjoy using Burr’s new cardiovascular gym.