Mertens (Boys' Boarding)

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Housemaster (from Trinity Term 2018) - Mr Matthew King

Matthew King joined Oundle School after graduating in Politics and Law. His contribution to the School over eleven years was considerable, as Head of Politics, Head of Football, Deputy Housemaster and Child Protection Officer. He has led sports tours at home and abroad and has coached for ISFA. Matthew’s interests include sport, cooking, current affairs and supporting Bristol Rovers.
His wife, Genny, taught Art and History of Art and was a Deputy Housemistress and tutor in a boys House over the same duration at Oundle. They have a young daughter, Lilac, and a disreputable terrier, Tinker.

Interim Housemaster  - Mr Marco Couch. 


Marco Crouch

Mr Marco Couch joined Ardingly College in 2015 and is the interim Housemaster of Mertens, having stepped into the role from his previous position as the Assistant Housemaster of Hilton. Before coming to the College, he taught at the London Oratory School in Fulham.

Mr Couch teaches Chemistry and is heavily involved in the College’s Charity programme as well as its CCF. He has an MSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London, where he was also awarded for his contributions to Educational Outreach. In his spare time he volunteers with the British Red Cross, managing their equivalent of a 999 call centre.

Assistant Housemaster - Mr Patrick Minny

Patrick joined Ardingly College in 2013 and moved over from being a flexi – boarding Master in Crosse to take up the role of a HoMM in Mertens in 2015.
Before coming to Ardingly, he was a House Master for 5 years at the  Bolitho School in Penzance, Cornwall.
Patrick teaches Economics and runs the Economics Society. He’s also a 6th team football coach.



Mertens has accommodation for 65 boys, on three floors with four distinct areas divided broadly on year group lines. 

Each of these areas has its own toilets and shower facilities, and a Brew Room (small kitchen with kettle and toaster).  Beds have storage underneath, and there’s a wardrobe and desk with book shelving. All rooms have sinks and lockable drawers for valuables. 

The large, ground floor Common Room is where Callovers and House Meetings are held.  It has Sky TV, a Home Cinema System, a piano, pool table, table football and PS3 games console. 

It’s the social hub of the House, where visitors are allowed at certain times.  A Quiet Room has six PCs and a diverse library of books and magazines.  Wi-Fi is available throughout the House.

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