Mr IS Richards, MA
Ian Richards took up the post of Housemaster of Hodgsonites in 2015. He has taught Politics at Charterhouse since 2009, and is well known to the pupils of the House as he was previously the Assistant Housemaster.
Following a History degree from London University, Ian completed an MA at Warwick University in History and Politics. After a gap year working for the NHS, he undertook a PGCE teaching qualification at Wadham College, Oxford. He taught in two schools before coming to Charterhouse, most recently Dr Challoner’s Girls' grammar school in Buckinghamshire, where he was Head of Politics, Head of University Admissions and co-ordinated school-wide programmes in citizenship and debating.
Since joining Charterhouse, Ian has been a tutor in Girdlestoneites, and he organises girls' football, assists with swimming and water polo, and is part of the School's peer support programme. Ian enjoys cross country running, and he has competed in a number of 10K runs. He reads widely, and writes regularly for Politics Review magazine, having previously served on its editorial board as its online editor.
Mr IS Richards
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 291570
My aim in House is very simple, I try to create a civilised homely atmosphere where all boys and girls can thrive and realise their full potential in everything they do. Respect for each other is vital to this aim and I am pleased to say that everyone from the newest fourth former to the Head of House is equally important to us, and their achievements are a source of pride to all members of the House, whether it be success in academic or extra curricular activities.
I am pleased to say that we have built up a House which is full of talented students all of whom have a broad range of interests. We have some fine sportsmen, we have some excellent musicians and can produce a House Orchestra of over 20 players, as well as excellent actors and artists.
We are a cosmopolitan House with pupils from many countries. Our pupils are actively involved in the many weekend activities on offer, and I am pleased that the House is busy seven days a week.
We have a strong Old Hodgsonite Association and I am delighted that they take an active interest in the House. We jointly organise a Careers evening when Old Hodgsonites come back and talk to present specialists about their chosen careers. The OHA have recently instituted a History prize for the Fourth form World War One projects. Their excellent website can be found at www.hodgsonites.com
The Boarding House
Hodgsonites was founded by J T Hodgson in 1872 with just 4 boys in a property on the south side of Godalming High Street. This meant a walk of a mile and a half up the hill to School for Chapel at 7.45am; they were allowed breakfast in Verites, but treated as outsiders. In1873 the increased house population of ten boys were relieved to move to “The Hermitage” on Frith Hill Road, much closer to School. In January 1874 a new home was ready for habitation but, as all the boys were of Under School age, some seniors were imported from other Houses. The School bought the House in 1888. The move to the present building, designed by the son of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the Memorial Chapel, took place in 1974. In 1977 the Old Hodgsonites Mantlepiece from the Old Charterhouse was reconstructed within the boundary wall opposite Central Dining Rooms.
Meals are provided in a separate House dining room nearby, and the sports centre, golf course and playing fields are within easy reach.