Channon is an extremely friendly and relaxed house with its own gardens. Designed to be very much a home from home for Year 13 boys, the large communal areas have Sky TV, a DVD player, Playstation 4, pool table, games, dartboard, karaoke machine, table tennis table, upright piano, cooking facilities and comfortable sofas.
There is Wi-Fi internet access in all areas of the House and, within the spacious grounds, specially designated areas for playing football and basketball offer students the opportunity to exercise and unwind with their friends.
There is a modern kitchen for the students to prepare drinks and snacks in the evenings, and during the weekends; supervised cooking and other domestic tasks are actively nurtured and encouraged as the students aim to develop their culinary skills and independence in preparation for university and life after Sixth Form.
Andy and Sian Clark became House Parents in 2013 and they describe Channon as a family orientated, inclusive House which sustains an atmosphere of openness and trust.
They aim to develop the ability of each student to work as part of a team, to ‘have a go’ at trying new challenges and experiences, and to foster a sense of responsibility for themselves, others, and the environment in which they all live.
Andy was educated at Kingsmead Community School in Wiveliscombe and attended Richard Huish College before studying for his BA Hons in Sports Science at the University of Gloucestershire and his PGCE in Primary Teaching with Science specialism at the University of Exeter. In addition to his role as Channon House Parent, Andy is Head of Science in the Junior School and teaches Boys’ Games.
Andy and Sian live at Channon with their two children, Thomas and Megan, who like nothing more than running into the “boys’ house” and hanging out with the students. Their two dogs, Scrumpy and Pippin, are never far behind and students have been known to knock on their door just to pet the dogs.
Despite the hectic nature of life in the house, the family enjoy catching up with friends when possible and walking the dogs. Andy loves playing cricket, football and golf and Sian enjoys keeping fit and competing in triathlons – in between driving Thomas and Megan around to activities such as cricket coaching, golf, football, horse riding and dance.