Holman House is named after Sir Constantine Holman who was a member of the College Council for many years and its Treasurer from 1887 to 1906. He was also a preeminent doctor who became Vice-President of the British Medical Foundation and received a knighthood from King Edward VII in 1904. Holman House occupies the newer half of the long building that runs alongside College Road. Like its neighbour, Forest House, Holman outgrew its space and has benefited from the building’s extension and major refurbishment which has created modern and spacious accommodation for the boys.
Today, Holman is a happy and fun environment where the boys across the age groups enjoy spending time together, develop strong friendships, and take great pride in each other’s achievements in an array of House and College events. In a boarding house, it is vital that every pupil feels supported and happy. With this in mind, Holman is built around the shared values of kindness, integrity and ambition. These values lie at the heart of what Holman stands for and all the boys are regularly encouraged to aspire to these with a view to them growing into decent young men who hold positive morals and principals.
With House quiz and film nights, table tennis and pool competitions, summer BBQs, and House trips (many of these events organised by the boys themselves), the boys in Holman have a whole host of different opportunities. There are great spaces in the house for the boys to socialise too. The large Games Room has two pool tables and a table tennis table, boys relax in the TV room watching a film or a football match, and the farmhouse kitchen we call the Brew Room (House kitchen) is hugely popular, whether for making a snack, chatting with our matron over tea and toast, or simply relaxing having returned from lessons or sport.
Chris Filbey became Holman Housemaster in September 2017. He also teaches Spanish and French and coaches hockey and cricket. He joined Epsom from Haileybury, where he was Head of Modern Foreign Languages and an Assistant Housemaster. Chris was educated at Sherborne School and, thereafter, attained a BA(Hons) in Modern European Languages from the University of Durham. He worked in the travel industry for 3 years at Abercrombie and Kent before re-training as a teacher and completing a PGCE at the University of Buckingham.
Outside of the classroom, Chris likes to play cricket, hockey and golf. He is a passionate supporter of Gloucester rugby and can often be found watching Test Match cricket at Lord’s. He is married to Rhian and they have two young children, William and Seren. In Holman, Chris is supported by a Deputy Housemaster, Jamie Styles (who is also Head of Chemistry), an experienced team of Tutors, and a House Matron, Tracy Morris, who is instrumental to the day-to-day domestic management of the House.
Housemaster: Mr Chris Filbey
Telephone: 01372 821070
Ms Tracy Morris
Telephone: 01372 821307
Mr C Bates
Mr G C R Greenbury
Mr C Keevil
Mr G R Watson
Mr J Styles
Mr J Furness-Gibbon