Gownboys is the oldest of the Charterhouse boarding Houses, originally established to house the scholars in 1614. It was named, not after the original Housemaster like the other Houses, but because the scholars wore gowns over their uniforms.

Built in 1872, Gownboys occupies the central position in Founders’ Court and has stunning views over the campus towards the sports centre and the new Houses. Phase one of an ambitious refurbishment programme is now complete with phase two to be completed for September 2020. The panelled dining-room and hall, with its 120 foot chimney, remain untouched, providing a real sense of history and heritage within a 21st century boarding environment.


Housemaster's Welcome
Mr Andrew marshall-taylor

Andrew joined Gownboys as Acting Housemaster in January 2019 and is now permanently in post. He is also a member of the Modern Languages department where he teaches French and German.

Andrew gained his MA in French and German at Edinburgh University before completing his PGCE in Modern Languages at Cambridge.  He has taught for over 20 years in both senior and prep schools. He started his career at Rugby School before moving to The Royal Grammar School in Guildford. At both he was Master in charge of hockey. He was also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, together with pupil leadership and mentoring training. He then spent twelve years at Twickenham Prep School and Monkton Prep School, as Deputy Head and as Headmaster respectively.  He is a qualified executive coach, and enjoys playing the guitar, good coffee and being outdoors, with particular interests in swimming (open water when possible!) and mountain biking.

Andrew is married to Rosie, and they have two daughters. 

Contact Information

Mr Andrew Marshall-Taylor
T: +44 (0)1483 291530
E: amt@charterhouse.org.uk


House Ethos

Gownboys sets out to foster a strong sense of family where the emphasis is on everyone to be kind, to be encouraging and to be their best. Although the scholars in the school are now spread out across the Houses, a culture of excellence remains in Gownboys (or G as it is often called). Not only are the boys encouraged to give of their best in all that they do, the aim is for them to grow into the best version of themselves. This can only be done in a supportive, happy and dynamic community.

Many Gownboys over the years have gone on to make a significant impact on society, whether it has been in politics, the arts, the church, science or social responsibility. In Gownboys, our team want to see all the boys make the most of the fantastic opportunities available to them, find out what they love, and what they are wired to do, so that they can make a positive difference in, and to, the world around them.

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