Gwilym arrived at Stowe from Somerset to teach Languages in 2008, he was previously an Assistant Houseparent in Temple and Acting Houseparent of West.
Through his work at Stowe he has been able to indulge his passion for the outdoors. He runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Climbing Society and helps with the sailing and rowing activities.
He and his family enjoy taking full advantage of the school holidays to tour the hills and beaches of the UK and Europe.
I am often asked what type of House Walpole is and the answer is that it is a House defined by those who live in it. A Walpudlian does not fit a mould or a type, he is someone who knows who he is and what interests him and most importantly feels comfortable pursuing excellence in his field, without feeling he has to conform to any particular 'social norms'. We celebrate the differences in our House and we are very proud of all our achievements, be they in the classroom, in the pool, on the sports field, in the music hall, on stage or in the mountains.
Walpole has played an integral part in my development over the past 5 years – like myself many of the boys would agree with me in saying that they would not be half the people they are today without the constant support provided by the framework within Walpole.
At first, Stowe will seem vast and daunting, however quickly it will become apparent that your home – Walpole – will allow you to grow not only as individuals, but also as a year – together. This togetherness is something that Walpole prides itself on – the friends you make in house are for a lifetime, who will like you, share some incredible memories of your time here.
Walpole is a warm and diverse community, with a strong sense of camaraderie. I have made many friends in Walpole in my own year, the years above and below. We all support each other and have a real sense of House spirit as we demonstrate in our enthusiasm for Inter-House competitions, even in cross country! We are a unique House and celebrate our differences. That is what makes Walpole the best House in my opinion.