Sam Owen joined Wellington in 2007 as a Spanish and French teacher, and was appointed Head of Spanish in 2015. He took over as Housemaster of the Blucher in January 2017 and enjoys all aspects of Wellington life — he coaches squash and tennis, and organises Christian Union meetings.
Sam’s passion for languages continues outside school. Following a Spanish and Portuguese degree at Oxford — where he was a scholar — he went on to set up gap years for British students in Mexico and the Gambia, and has been involved in programmes for street children in Mexico, Chile and Paraguay. Sam has also established bilingual immersion trips for Wellington language students in France and Spain.
Sam is married to Martha and they have a daughter and three sons: Scarlett (nine), Francis (seven), Alexander (four) and Guy (two). Martha is a journalist specialising in the equestrian, rural and lifestyle markets. She won three blues for lacrosse and a half-blue for skiing while at Cambridge. She has also been involved in the broader life of the College by running both lacrosse and polo at Wellington.
Situated in the heart of college, adjacent to Great Gate, The Blucher is a physically large House with exceptional facilities, more akin to an out of college house, but with the advantage of being right in the middle of the school buildings. The Blucher has 60 boys from ages 13-18 and is renowned for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Our vision is to continue to develop a House that is based on trust and respect, which helps lead to a relaxed, safe and friendly environment in which everyone can learn and develop at the pace that best suits them. Boys are encouraged to think for themselves and to acquire independence when it comes to making decisions about when to work and what other activities to do. Stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, without fear of failure, is a hallmark of the house and all boys should be willing to buy in to the ‘have a go’ attitude that is the cornerstone of the Blucher ethos.