David joined Wellington College for a second time in 2013 to become Housemaster of the Lynedoch, having spent six years at the British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi, where he was Head of Spanish. David had previously taught at Wellington College between 2003-7, following seven years as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was educated at Monmouth School in South Wales and studied French and Spanish at Durham University. Following the birth of twins in 2014, Pippa and David moved with their four children from the Lynedoch to the Picton in January 2015. As well as looking after the Picton, David teaches Spanish, coaches the Colts 2 rugby team and enjoys cross-country running and golf.
The Picton is home to 46 boarders and 7 day-pupils. It is situated in an enviably central location at the heart of the Wellington action – near classrooms, the Music School, Chapel and Dining Hall. Despite its proximity to many of the main facilities it retains a wonderfully detached “out of college” feel and provides the boys with a great environment to which they can retreat and unwind after a busy day. As with all of the houses at Wellington, the boys in the Picton possess a fantastically diverse range of talents and we aim to ensure that all boys seek out and learn from challenge and feel that their achievements in all walks of life, both inside and outside College, are recognised, valued and celebrated.
The accommodation in the house is split over 3 floors with the 3rd form sharing rooms of 2 or 4 and the more senior boys in the house having their own rooms . The Picton is lucky to have additional recreational space in the shape of a large garden and its own floodlit multi-sports area, affectionately known by the boys as ‘the cage’. The warm relationships between the boys, tutors and housekeeping staff in conjunction with a great location and excellent facilities make the Picton a popular and happy house.