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C Social

C Social

C Social is located next to the new academic building, Clock Tower Court. It is a detached boarding house, with boys' study bedrooms arranged over three floors around a central garden.

We promote tolerance and respect for others whilst developing and supporting a boy's ambition. Strong friendships are formed within individual year groups; however, we take great pride in the encouragement shown between boys of all ages within the Social.

Boys join C Social from a variety of Prep schools, both traditional boarding and day; the support given by the Tutor and a fully involved and engaging group of Sub-Tutors, Prefects and Mentors ensures a smooth transition into Public school. Shell boys are located next to the Pastoral Housemistress, who oversees their daily routines and provides caring and friendly guidance.

All boys are actively encouraged to take part in a wide range of College activities to broaden their experience. Within Social boys are involved in debating, public speaking and at the end of each year present a Cultural Evening to parents. We have developed a link with Newman College School in Harlesdon and hope through the partnership to widen each boy's outlook. C Social is a welcoming boarding house, aiming to promote strong values of leadership, kindness and ambition.

C Social Tour

Stephen Giddens
Stephen Giddens
Biology Teacher, C Social Tutor
I have been Tutor of C Social since 2016. I was born and raised in New Zealand and left the country in 2002 with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, an M.Sc. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. This led me to Oxford University where I worked as a scientist for nearly six years on projects as diverse as the evolution of bacteria and the development of a biological fuel cell. I have been sharing these experiences and my passion for Biology with Radley students of all years and abilities since 2008. Over the last four years I have also looked after those students who want to pursue careers in medicine and in veterinary sciences. My New Zealand heritage means that I enjoy dabbling in any sport, although if given the choice I would probably be found skiing in the hills. Since coming to Radley College I have looked after Midgets tennis and helped in the football club. However, my most satisfying contribution to sport has been as Master-in-Charge of squash, which has given me the chance over the last seven years to help nurture the boys’ enthusiasm for the sport and build a friendly and successful club.
Alison Richards
Alison Richards
C Social Pastoral Housemistress
I am the newest member to the team at C Social joining in September 2019. I am both thrilled and excited to join such a fabulous community. I have spent the last eight years working at Radley Primary School as a teaching assistant, concentrating on Forest School and more recently emotional literacy. It will be a privilege getting to know the boys at C Social and offering them the support to help them thrive. I am a proud mother of two boys and share their love of football. My favourite team is Arsenal and my favourite all time player is the great Thierry Henry.
James Sheldrake
James Sheldrake
English Teacher, Director of University Entrance, C Social Sub-Tutor
After English degrees at Warwick and Oxford, I joined the London freelance scramble for a couple of years, mostly writing and broadcasting about Shakespeare. I then did a year of teaching at a London day school. I joined Radley in September 2016. Since then, I have thrown myself into as much of school life as possible. Whether teaching English, directing a play, supervising squash practice or simply turning up to events, boarding affords dons and boys unrivalled opportunities for fulfilling and productive relationships. I have also been the C Social Sub-Tutor since September 2017. Living in Social gives one a unique opportunity to find out what makes the boys and the school tick. Amy and I are joined in Social by our labradoodle Earnest. Radley has a superb Common Room and we have been enthusiastically welcomed to the community from Day One. As the Director of University Entrance, I lead dons in helping boys find destinations that build on the academic and personal development they have enjoyed here.

C Social
Radley College
OX14 2HU
Tel: 01235 543003