Mr Ian Richards
My aim in House is very simple, I try to create a civilised homely atmosphere where all the pupils 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 (Year 9) 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 (OHA) 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
Your first term at Charterhouse will pass very quickly and, in what feels like a very short space of time, you will be contemplating life beyond Charterhouse and preparing for all the adventures that lie ahead. Therefore, I urge you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to you in and around the school, and to remember that there are only really two things you need to do in order to make a success of your time at Charterhouse: be kind and get stuck in!
Mr IS Richards, MA
Ian Richards has been Housemaster of Hodgsonites since 2015.
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. Ian is currently studying towards an MEd in Educational Leadership. He taught in two state schools before coming to Charterhouse, the last of which was Dr Challoner’s High School, a girls' grammar school in Buckinghamshire. At Dr Challoner’s he was Head of Politics and Head of University Admissions.
Since joining Charterhouse in 2009 Ian has been keen to involve himself in many areas of school life, from football coaching and swimming through to organizing part of the outdoors education programme. In his spare time, Ian enjoys cross country running and has competed in a number of 10K races.
Ian teaches Government and Politics and has a particular interest in political philosophy and ideology. He has written many articles for Politics Review magazine having previously served on its editorial board. Ian has three young children, all of whom love the boarding house life and like nothing better than spending time with the pupils in the House.