Housemaster: C2

Gareth Playfair

Gareth became Housemaster of C2 in 2012. He attended Methodist College, Belfast, before reading Theology and Religious Studies at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he gained three Blues for hockey and was a Choral Scholar.

He joined Marlborough in 1998 as a Religious Studies beak. He was RHT in Preshute and Master in Charge of Boys’ Hockey, and has coached athletics and sang in the Choir. He was in charge of children’s activities at the College Summer School for seven years. He moved to St Edward’s, Oxford, in 2007 as Head of Religious Studies and RHT of a boys’ boarding house, but returned to Marlborough in 2010 as Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies. 

Gareth enjoys running, choral music, American sports and the poetry of TS Eliot. He is married to Emma, a triple hockey Blue from Cambridge and a physiotherapist. They have two children.


C2 Boarding House

Key Facts

C2 is situated close to the middle of the College, on the north side of the Bath Road. It has easy access to the College’s pitches, courts and swimming pool, as well as the classrooms of Court. C2’s current building was redesigned and completed in 1990 as part of Marlborough’s move to co-education.

Location: Bath Road, opposite Court

Gender: Boys 

Number of pupils: 58 

Twinned with: Dancy 


Ben Allen

Resident House Tutor

Ben joined Marlborough in 2015 as a Physics beak. After five years in the C2 tutor team, he moved in as Resident House Tutor in 2020. He coaches football and athletics.


Claire Dawson


Claire joined the C2 team in January 2024, having previously worked for many years in a local primary school. She lives in Marlborough and is married with two children.