Beresford

The Beresford is homely and secure. It is comfortable, conducive to study and provides an environment where social contact is natural and easy.

The HM

Mr Keith Reesby joined Wellington in 2014 to teach Psychology and History following an eventful 12 year career as an officer and helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps. In addition to his academic interests, Keith’s passions focus around family, sport and expeditions, although the former has now largely put paid to the latter. He has previously undertaken trekking and mountaineering trips to the Andes, Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Kilimanjaro, as well as spending nine months living in a tent on the roof of a Toyota Land Cruiser when driving from South Africa to the UK with his wife, Laura. He also enjoys playing and coaching most sports: Keith is a former England U21 hockey player and an enthusiastic recent convert to real tennis. On Wednesdays he dusts off the old uniform and heads up the College’s Royal Marines section. His wife, Laura, remains a serving officer in the Army Air Corps and they have two young children, Rafferty and Indiana.

The House

The Beresford is an out-of-College House, named after Marshal Beresford, occupying a spacious, well-appointed and prestigious building in character with others on the Wellington College estate. Built in 2004, the House nestles among mature woodland and landscaped water features, a 5 minute walk from the main College buildings, which gives the feeling of a real home for the boys.

As well as the elegant oak-panelled Dining Room, in which boys take breakfast and supper, the facilities, which are second-to-none, include a large Common Room with TV (and Sky!), table tennis tables, two traditional Brews Rooms and a separate library / TV room for the Sixth Form. There are computing and printing facilities in an alcove off the TV room, whilst the Matron’s well-appointed room on the first floor has washing and drying machines which ensure a speedy turn-round of boys’ laundry. Outside the building, aside from the lakes and grassy areas, there is a floodlit play area where the boys participate in touch rugby, 5-a-side football or cage cricket depending on the season!