Who's Who in Chatham

Patrick Dias

Assistant Houseparent
Harry Geyton

Under Houseparent
Samuel Williams

Caroline Hicks

Patrick Dias, Houseparent

I have taught in the Sports Science department since 2020. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in 2008 and went on to teach for 10 years at Durham School. During my time there I was a Junior Housemaster and Head of Boys’ Games. A keen sportsman, I enjoyed success on the Rugby pitch, representing Great Britain Universities 7s, England Students and I won the Middlesex 7s with Newcastle Falcons. Other sporting interests include Skiing, Golf and Cricket. I live in Chatham with my wife, Vicki (Head of Sports Science), our son Teddy, and Poppy (a very greedy black Labrador). When I first joined Stowe, I was the Assistant Houseparent in Grenville before becoming Houseparent of Chatham in 2022.

Ethos of the House

With the incredible range of opportunities available to the Stoics, the ethos in Chatham is ‘give it a go and give it your best’. I encourage the boys to grasp the opportunities available and immerse themselves in academia, sport, art, music, theatre and culture. The House is based on kindness, good manners and mutual respect for all, and the boys are urged to develop a wide range of qualities, such as resilience, resourcefulness, social awareness and being open-minded, whilst also equipping themselves with a good moral compass. Chathamites leave the House with life-long friendships and fond memories of their time here, and they are well-placed to take on the challenges ahead as they move on from school life.

History of the House

Chatham was the first purpose-built house, designed by the school’s first architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

I became the 12th Houseparent of Chatham in 2022. 

Chathamites leave the house with commendable life skills, manners, values, self-respect, reverence for others, and confidence as individuals. Life in Chatham is ultimately based on harmony, loyalty and confidence in each other. Friendships made in Chatham will become life-long.

Head of House

"Chatham is a tight-knit family and everyone from Third Form to Upper Sixth, as well as the House team, get along very well with each other. The older boys support the younger ones well and help them tackle the various challenges they might face. Chathamites have amazing fun, while giving it 100%, and it is a pleasure to see. All Chathamites strive for greatness, and this shown by their efforts in House competitions and their academic achievements."