The ethos of Campion House is based on the values of trust, loyalty, kindness and respect. The staff of Campion House believe in the fundamental importance of these qualities in the development of the character of our boys.
Boys work hard and learn to organise their time effectively so that they can also relax and enjoy themselves. Popular recreational activities include five-a-side football, seven-a-side rugby, music, art, cookery and the occasional game of Scrabble. Campion boarders undertake their public examinations during their time in the house and, whilst they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own study time, they do so under guidance from the resident academic staff.
Campion House has produced a number of Senior Prefects over recent years and a significant number of successful Oxbridge candidates. We are proud of this and are dedicated to building on this success for many years to come.
Mr D Cummins, Head of Campion House
Miss Tagoe, Head of Campion House until Jan 2020
Miss Tagoe started boarding from the age of 8 at Salisbury Cathedral School where she was a chorister in the cathedral choir and went on to become head chorister in her final year. From the Cathedral School, she was awarded a Major music scholarship to Benenden School for her singing and French Horn, and started there in Year 9. Miss Tagoe attended Benenden into the Sixth Form and became Captain of School in her final year. Following this, Miss Tagoe went to Southampton to study Biomedical Sciences. After graduating, Miss Tagoe decided to move to Holland and attended Maastricht University where she completed her Masters in Public Health, with a focus on Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management. On returning to the UK in 2012, Miss Tagoe was convinced she wanted to teach and commenced the Teach First programme.
Mr Cummins, Head of Campion House (Designate) & Teacher of PE & Games, from January 2020
From January 2020, the Head of Campion House is Mr Cummins, who has been a Housemaster & PE Teacher for ten years at Worth School. He is a former
professional rugby player with Gloucester RFC and also played cricket for Middlesex CCC 2nd XI, still playing for Sussex Seniors in the County Championship. After graduating from Exeter University and teaching in Gloucester for a number of years, he became Director of Sport in two independent schools. His wife, Susan Cummins, is also a Housemistress and a teacher of Girls’ Games & Mathematics. She is looking forward to joining the resident community. Their son, Joseph, joins Year 10 in January.
Mr Charlie Douglas-Hughes, Assistant Head of Campion House
Having boarded from age 7 to 18, Mr Douglas-Hughes is a strong believer in the advantages offered by boarding life. Before joining New Hall in 2017, he worked for a charity for 7 years, delivering a range of activities and residential trips to young people aged 11-18. Mr Douglas-Hughes is a keen sportsman, with a particular passion for cricket, which he continues to play to a high standard. Mr Douglas-Hughes is also interested in cookery and travel. Mr Douglas-Hughes is married to Lucy and they have a one-year-old son, Freddie, and a lurcher, Jeff.
Mr Simon Whittle, Assistant Head of Campion House & Teacher of Theology
Mr Whittle read Philosophy & Theology at Oxford, followed by an MA in Theology at Durham University. After completing these studies, he worked at a Catholic boys’ school, where he has been involved with most areas of school life: from classroom to boarding house to games field. Mr Whittle enjoys the variety which a boarding school life is able to offer, and has found that one of the greatest satisfactions is to see students flourish in different areas of their lives. Outside of the classroom, Mr Whittle enjoys rugby and football, and running a public speaking society. He also has an interest in fencing, shooting and choral singing.
Mr William Christofi, Resident Boarding Assistant & Teaching Assistant (Classics)
Originally from Bristol, Mr Christofi went to Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, where he took A levels in English Literature, History and Latin in 2013, before starting on his BA in Classics at University College, Oxford. Unable to bear the thought of no longer being a student after only 4 years, he stayed on at Oxford after graduating in 2017 and completed his MPhil in Greek and Roman History. A multi-sport childhood saw Mr Christofi play 1st XI hockey and cricket at school whilst also finding time for playing piano and trumpet, and singing in the choir. Amidst all this, however, his principal non-academic pursuit is cross-country running, having been selected to run for Great Britain U23s at the European Cross-Country Championships. Most recently, he came 4th in the 2019 British Universities Cross- Country Championships in Exeter, winning the team-bronze medal alongside his Oxford team-mates.
Full BoardingFull Boarding
The majority of boarders at New Hall are full boarders, staying at school throughout the term and going home for half term breaks and school holidays. With structure and routine, they have every opportunity to achieve their potential, both academically and socially. A full programme of co-curricular and house activities means that there is always something to do.
Weekly BoardingWeekly Boarding
Freed from a daily school journey, Campion weekly boarders can concentrate on academic study while having extra time to invest in their co-curricular interests and talents, such as music, sport or drama. Weekly boarders may either depart on Fridays or remain for Saturday activities. Most weekly boarders choose to return on Sunday evenings, although they may return on Monday mornings if they prefer