Welcome to Temple, in the heart of Stowe’s historic mansion building.
It is a special privilege to lay claim to some of the finest rooms going and the boys certainly love the unexpected geography of this unique boarding house. If you are seeking character (and feeling fit) you should consider a look around; one study room on Top Main even houses the original clock mechanism.
Just as every room is slightly different, we also pride ourselves on the rich variety of skills and interests displayed by the inhabitants; in both dimensions the total impression is greater than the sum of the parts.
The boys you meet from Temple will be engaging, warm, positive and motivated by a simple desire to get the very best out of every opportunity presented to them here. They are also wonderfully supportive of each other, which is probably my proudest reflection on the House. That being said, the boys will tell you happily that we are the closest to the food!
Brian became Houseparent of Temple in 2017. He is married to Kate who teaches locally, and they have two children, Max and Isabella.
Brian came to Stowe in 2010 as a teacher of Physics and Chemistry. Now he just concentrates on Physics and enjoys conveying his experiences as an electronics engineer who worked with bomb disposal robots to his students.
Previously he worked in Chandos as a resident tutor before becoming Assistant Houseparent.
Brian would call himself a reasonable sporting all-rounder but with a particular passion for rugby. Alongside his love of teaching Physics to eager and enquiring young minds Brian very much enjoys helping out with the coaching of rugby and tennis. Having sung in Coventry Cathedral Choir for over 25 years, he might be entitled to call himself a musician, but lately Brian’s musical focus has been entirely on getting the house to sing in tune, ahead of this year’s House Singing competition.
Seven boys in the House have fathers or grandfathers who were previously in Temple and two current brothers are the first Stoics whose great-grandfather was here.
We have LED-strip lights along various corridors and in the Common Room that can be set to any colour!
We celebrate the boys’ 18th birthdays with Champagne on the roof.
Christopher Robin Milne (of Winnie the Pooh fame) was in Temple.
The Tutor of duty will cover roughly 2.5km going round the House a couple of times in an evening.
Temple is one of the two founding Houses of Stowe, and the only one left in the Mansion.
Ethan Collins, Upper Sixth
"Temple is its own community. Each individual works together to create a unique bond and that bond is what makes Temple the best House to be a part of."