Daviesites are famed for their energy, enthusiasm and competitive spirit, buoyed by the enormous sense of pride the boys have for their house. Applying the very best attitude and team approach is the most important aspect of competition in Daviesites, rather than simply focusing on the end result. That said, it is no surprise that getting the former aspect right has led to a great deal of recent success in the latter.

As Housemaster it is my aim that every Daviesite should possess a strong sense of self discipline, integrity, and consideration for others, who instinctively volunteer their services when required and take ownership of their mistakes when they inevitably occur.

In Daviesites, preparation for success in the world beyond Charterhouse is as important as delivering success within it. As such the boys are encouraged to be the masters of their own destiny, they are afforded a degree of ownership in house decision making and are entrusted to take the lead on running house events, projects and some financial matters, even if that means a few mistakes are made along the way. One of our central aims is to ensure that the boys are familiar and comfortable with responsibility and leadership throughout their time here. We hope to develop young men who are at ease and confident when working independently if the situation calls for it but who are at their very best when working in collaboration with others. Cooperation and integration throughout the house is therefore key and to that end we put aside the natural boundaries created by year groups and the limitations they can impose. The older boys are seen as mentors to the younger housemates rather than their seniors, the house a band of brothers rather than a hierarchy.

Parents, guardians and relations are as much part of the Daviesite family as the rest of us. Please support matches, attend concerts and watch plays and feel free to call in for a coffee and chat whenever you are at School.



Mr Sam James, MA

Sam James joined Charterhouse in September 2010, following three years in Investment Management and having previously served as an officer in the Royal Air Force. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, where he achieved an MA in Management. Sam teaches Economics and has held a range of responsibilities before taking over Daviesites in September 2019, including five years as Assistant Housemaster in Lockites and Head of the Removes and Fifths. Sam has played hockey and cricket throughout his life, is a slave to the golf course, regularly runs, swims and cycles, with another marathon and a half-ironman in the crosshairs. At Charterhouse he has coached the 2nd XI teams in football, hockey and cricket. Sam also runs the Charterhouse Farm. His partner Zara is the Managing Director of a London marketing agency and they share Daviesites with their fox red lab, CJ.

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Mr SD James
E-mail: samjames@charterhouse.org.uk


Pupil Reviews

“Daviesites is a loving and sharing house; the people of the House are always willing to help others when their support is needed, they are kind and helpful and they are ready to fight for Daviesites in any sort of competition (from water polo to chess) no matter what. In addition to all that, Daviesites seems to be one big family. When I look at other Houses I feel none of them can quite match us for family spirit. It makes me feel proud to be a Daviesite.”
 a First Year Specialist (Year 12)

“Daviesites is the most inclusive House, in the sense that the atmosphere is very natural. The boys in each of the years are welcoming and friendly to the girls which makes it very easy for everyone to settle in. This is not only because of the way the boys and girls mix really easily but also how homely it feels. The studies and common rooms used by the students make it easy to bond with everyone from the outset; not to mention the different opportunities we have to wind down after studying hard during the week. Daviesites is a House where all feel settled and at home in an environment where people get involved in different activities and enjoy themselves.”
 a First Year Specialist (Year 12)

“In terms of location you could not ask for anything more.

Daviesites is fittingly ‘an anchor’ house, arguably being the best situated House in the School. It sits just a cricket pitch away from the picturesque towered buildings of the main School; gifting us with stunning views. It is located next to the BTT (Ben Travis Theatre) with its garden backing onto the football pitches.

It is no coincidence that the Housemaster of Daviesites, Mr Tully, is also head of the Charterhouse Marines as the Commando ethos imbues the house: courage, determination, selflessness and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. If we were to have a house motto, I believe it should read: ‘together we succeed’.

We are not, however, just encouraged to strive for success on the parade ground but also in many other cultural and sporting areas. We are enthusiastic participants in school theatre productions, music concerts and orchestras, as well as on the playing fields.

Although we are so closely located next to the football pitches, we do not have a shining cabinet of sporting trophies to boast. Wherever we do place in House competitions, our House spirit wins through every match. We are gifted with plenty of support inside House too, ranging from a sound group of tutors to pupils that live amongst us in the House; encouraging each other on the playing field or in the classroom is something that we hold very important as Daviesites.

Personally, however, the most valuable part of being a Daviesite is the sense of ‘togetherness’ as much as our successes as a House. I have made friendships with the people I live with that I know I will hold dear all my life. So, when I leave Charterhouse at the end of my specialist years, I look forward to celebrating future successes together as we move onto university, careers and adult life.”

 a First Year Specialist (Year 12)

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