Housemaster: B1

David Armitage

David came to Marlborough to teach Chemistry in September 2010. He was formerly Head of Chemistry at Glenalmond College, Perthshire. He has also taught at the City of London School for Boys, Sevenoaks, and Wellington School, Somerset. David has a degree in Applied and Analytical Chemistry from Staffordshire University and completed his PGCE at Cambridge University. His MA in Science Education is from the Institute of Education and he is currently a supervisor on the Boarding Schools’ Association’s Certificate of Professional Practice course. 

David took on the role of RHT in B1 in 2014 and was later appointed as Housemaster in 2017. He coaches Yearlings Rugby and Open Netball. 

A proud Yorkshireman, David enjoys running, cycling, climbing mountains and golf. He is married to Sarah, who works in the Learning Support Department. They have two children and a Cockador called Pepper. 


B1 Boarding House

Key Facts

B1 is an all-age house for boys situated at the centre of the campus in Court,  just opposite New Court. The building was designed by the Victorian architect Edward Blore and was one of the first custom-built boarding houses of any school in the country. Famous old boys include John Betjeman and Bruce Chatwin.

Location: Court 

Gender: Boys 

Number of pupils: 60

Twinned with: New Court


Connor Hetherton

Resident House Tutor

Connor joined B1 in 2023 after four years tutoring in Littlefield. He is Head of Basketball at Marlborough and is also a full-time Strength & Conditioning Coach and works with Wales Hockey.


Elizabeth Blossom


Liz joined B1 in 2021 and is a mother of three (with two daughters at the College) and is married to a History beak. She spent eight years in Admissions and was previously a London hotel manager.