The word 'socius' means a companion, so the word 'social' meant a boy who was entrusted to the care and protection of a Don (master).
When the college opened, most boys were living together in College, but they were under the care of 6 'social tutors' and the term Social then referred to all the boys under the care of one tutor. When D Social was built in 1886 all the boys and their tutor were united in their own living quarters and so the word Social came to mean the building and the collection of 'companions'. The Tutor is their housemaster.
|Choose from the following to find out more about each Social|
Tutor: CE Scott Malden
Tutor: SR Giddens
|D Social |
Tutor: H Crump
|E Social |
Tutor: TC Lawson
Tutor: CA San José
Tutor: GR King
Tutor: GHS May
Tutor: MG Glendon-Doyle
Tutor: AMH Hakimi
Do Socials have particular strengths or characteristics?
All Socials have a broad mix of boys of differing abilities and interests from a range of schools. The daily routine and rules are virtually identical across the Socials. The accommodation in all Socials is essentially the same (given the physical restrictions of existing buildings), now that they have all been refurbished. Boys mix freely between Socials, something enhanced by central dining and the physical proximity of the buildings.
How long do Tutors remain in post?
A Tutor's tenure in Social is initially twelve years, although some may leave earlier due to promotion.
The video below shows glimpses of life in Social.