Hart House

Hart House
Sedbergh School
LA10 5SA
Tel: +44 (0)1539 244030

Housemaster: Mr Matt McVoy ([email protected])

Deputy Housemaster: Mr I D Winterbottom

Assistant Housemistress: Miss E Morgan

Resident House Tutor: Mr A Toward, Mr O Barnes

House Tutors: Dr G J Downes, Mr P Mather, Mr R J Parker

Emblem: The Jay

Colours: Green

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Hart House was the third of the specially planned and purpose-built boarding houses and it was completed in 1890. Hart is named after Henry George Hart, the Headmaster of Sedbergh between 1880 and 1900 and the first Housemaster was Bernard Tower who moved into Hart during the summer of 1890 bringing with him 30 boys from what is now Lupton where he had been Housemaster. One of the other former Housemasters was A.J. Fowler, brother of the famous Henry Watson Fowler (also a member of School staff at one time), who helped the latter with his compilation of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. The House magazine and Emblem, The Jay, gets its name from A.J. Fowler.


Mr McVoy teaches Business Studies and The Extended Project. He is the Officer Commanding the RAF section of the School’s CCF and coordinates the 6th Form with a focus on UCAS across the School. Originating from Sussex, Mr McVoy joined Sedbergh in 2007 following a Project and Change Management career for FTSE 100 Businesses in London specialising in the retail, media and publishing sectors. He has tutored in Evans House, was Deputy Housemaster in School House and joined Hart House in September 2015.

Mrs McVoy joined Sedbergh School in 1997 and is the Bursar’s Personal Assistant. She graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Agriculture and completed a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration at Northumberland. She is a worship leader in Cornerstone Community Church and is an experienced pianist and singer. She has a history of playing hockey and enjoys watching any sport (especially cricket).

They are joined by their daughter Leah, 7 and their Patterdale Terrier, Molly, 10.


Hart House has a set of four key aims:

  • To provide an environment in which all boys feel safe, happy and valued.
  • To provide an environment in which boys can achieve their full academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular potential.
  • To provide an environment in which boys are encouraged to pursue their interests and fulfil their potential on all fronts whilst feeling empowered to try something new.
  • To provide an environment from which boys leave feeling confident to face the challenges that lie ahead in their immediate and long-term future.

In reaching these aims, the House runs on principles that; effort leads to results, kindness and respect are fundamental values of boarding and all of this is built upon a foundation of known routines and structures.  A happy, hard working and proud House.  Floreat Hartonia!