A very warm welcome to the Bruce Homepage.

The boys in Bruce are enormously proud and loyal to the House. We enjoy a very warm, supportive and friendly environment where the boys of all ages feel happy, valued and included. Integration between the year groups is an important aspect of life in Bruce and the geography of the purpose-built, stand alone building helps this feeling of unity.

The ‘Family’ system we run, where two boys from each year group combine to form a linear family of 10, also helps the sense that we are all in this journey together and that we are there for each other.

Brucites are competitive and we thoroughly enjoy participating in the broad range of activities that make up the Inter-House scene, whether it is debating, House Singing, maths quizzes or sport. We have a proud history of success and we will endeavour to maintain this by always giving of our very best. The easiest way to make a success of life in Bruce is to approach the challenges of academic, extra-curricular and community life with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude.

The very strong pastoral team in Bruce help the boys through the five year journey from Third Formers to confident and resourceful young men who have the knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society once they leave Stowe.

To find out more about us, please do come and visit; the staff and the boys would all be delighted to meet you and explain why Bruce is special.

Craig Sutton

Craig joined Stowe in September 1996 after graduating from Exeter University with a degree in Sports Science and Geography. He took over running the Physical Education and Sports Science Department in September 2000 and began his role as Bruce Housemaster in September 2008.

Craig has played rugby for London Wasps and the South West of England, and has also coached up to divisional level. Sarah, his wife, joined Craig at Stowe in September 2008, having previously taught at St Edward’s, Oxford and they have two children, Emily and Benjamin. Craig qualified for the ITU World Triathlon Championships to represent the GB age-group team competing in the Sprint Distance Triathlon in Cozumel, Mexico in September 2016.

Who's Who in Bruce

Craig Sutton

Amanda Penner

Assistant Housemaster
Craig Donoghue

Under Housemaster
Ciaran Malanaphy

From the Head of House

“Choosing Bruce as my house for the next five years of my life was an important decision, If I could go back five years I would pick Bruce every time. I have full confidence that being a ‘Brucite’ has played an important part in shaping me as a person. Bruce stands under the key principles of being supportive, competitive, friendly and united. These four traits can be seen in every individual in Bruce. The people I have lived with, made friendships with and the memories I have created with them will last a lifetime.

Around school Bruce is widely known as a very friendly house, friendships among the whole house are an important part of our daily lives. A specialty of Bruce is our Family system, which has split the house up into families. This helps us to develop support from the seniors to the juniors. This year we have a very strong prefect team that have been able to give support throughout the house, Yaroslav (our Third form prefect) has done an excellent job at helping our thirds settle in, who have all been a great addition to the house. All the varied successes we enjoy in Bruce are made possible due to the foundations, which underpin the culture we have in House. These wonderful characteristics that are a Brucite and friendly living environment would not be possible with out Mr Sutton, a house master who drives the house forward, our amazing Matron and our supportive tutor team. They encourage each and everyone of us to seize all the opportunities Stowe has to offer and make us into the men that we are today, for that I am very grateful.”

Charles Rivington

I have no doubt in my mind that sending Alec to Stowe has been the best thing we could have done for him, and I am so happy we had the opportunity to do so. He has grown in to such a confident, focused, well mannered and kind person and whatever he does and wherever he goes it will always stay with him. And I know he is looking back at his time in Bruce House and Stowe with happiness and pride. Boarding school is so much more than grades and getting in to the right Universities. You prepare them for life.
Thank you and keep up your great work.

Stowe Parent