Verites is one of the original three Victorian gothic ‘block houses’ at Charterhouse, purpose-built for the School’s move from London to its present site in Godalming in 1872. The glorious period architecture is complemented by the House’s magnificent position overlooking Green (1st XI cricket pitch), at the very heart of the School. Pupils in Verites enjoy the considerable advantage of being closest to Chapel, the Music Schools, Library, Hall, Brooke Hall (Masters’ Common Room), the 1st XI cricket and football pitches and many of the classrooms. Pupils in Verites eat all their meals in a splendid in-house Dining Room and the House can now accommodate over 70 pupils.
Unlike most of the other Houses at Charterhouse, Verites owes its name to the Housemaster of ‘Verites’ at Charterhouse in London, the Rev Oliver Walford, rather than to the original Housemaster in the School’s new 1872 location in Godalming (for Verites this was the Rev Thomas Vyvyan). Rev Walford was also the Usher, or Deputy Headmaster, in London and was known affectionately as ‘old Ver’, an abbreviation of his first name ‘Oliver’; this is the origin of the name given to the House and its occupants as ‘Verites’.
MR ED REID
In Verites we strive to create a happy, healthy, hard-working, cultured and civilised community in the House, a community which should inspire all pupils to make the most of the opportunities and facilities available to them at Charterhouse. We aim to ensure our pupils leave Charterhouse well-prepared for life beyond school, with excellent skills, knowledge and qualifications, good manners, decent values, self-respect, respect for others, and confidence as individuals.
In the Verites ‘House Rules’ the General Principles of Respect for Others, Respect for House Property, Self-Respect and Common Sense are stressed above all else.
We do not aim to recruit a particular ‘type’ of pupil into the House, other than seeking energetic, enthusiastic and considerate pupils who are likely to make the most of their opportunities and contribute to a happy boarding community. In Verites we celebrate effort and achievement in all areas of academic and extra-curricular life at Charterhouse, whether as scholars, sportsmen, musicians, artists, actors or whatever may be the particular talents and interests of each pupil. In a boarding community pupils gain immensely from learning to appreciate and respect the talents and interests of others, which may be very different from their own.
Mr EJ Reid, MMath
Ed Reid took up the post of Housemaster in Verites in September 2015. Ed is an Old Carthusian (g 1989-1994) who read Mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a First. He taught at Radley for three years, during which time he was a resident Assistant Housemaster and Master in charge of Racquets. He returned to Charterhouse as a teacher in 2001; since then he has held various positions, including Master of the Yearlings and Master of the Under School. Ed also runs the Christian Union and coaches football, hockey and tennis. He is married to Jean and they have two young children. As well as his sporting interests, Ed enjoys reading, music and theatre and is an active member of Binscombe Church.
Mr EJ Reid
T: +44 (0)1483 291520
Review by Head of House
Situated right in the heart of the school, with fantastic views over Green, Verites prides itself on being a friendly centre for achievement; be it academic, sporting, cultural or in any other aspect of school life. Verites would not be half the place it is now without the inclusiveness and open attitude to people of many different interests, all living, working and playing hard together in an immensely varied and vibrant atmosphere.
There is, of course, a very strong house spirit, as is most evident at Inter-House Sports Finals, and everyone in the house can truly expect support and encouragement from staff and fellow pupils alike, in whatever they do. With a compassionate and welcoming atmosphere, Verites is an ideal place for those joining the school, and provides the same level of back-up throughout a Carthusian’s school career.
Reflecting the general ethos of the school, and thanks to an impressive level of participation and effort from members of the house in so many different and varied ways, Verites always puts on a good show in the House Drama, House Music and House Art competitions, balancing these accomplishments with those on the sports field. No-one is ever a ‘spare part’ in Verites, and when house members leave at the end of their time as Second Year Specialists, they can truly say they have made the most of Charterhouse.