Hillside is a senior boarding house for 55 boys. The resident Housemaster, Chris Carlier, is supported by a team of six tutors and a resident tutor and Matron, Sandie Ankers.

Chris Carlier

The Housemaster, Chris Carlier, was educated at Sherborne School and then at St. Anne’s College, Oxford where he read French and German. He obtained his PCGE in Modern Languages at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and arrived at Bradfield in 1998 to teach French and German.

Chris was Assistant Housemaster in Faulkner’s for its inaugural year and ran the French Department before becoming Housemaster of Hillside. Chris has been a governor at two schools, a tutor with the BSA and is an ISI Compliance Inspector. He recently received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham. During his time at the College, Chris has been Master-in-Charge of Squash and Canoeing, as well as an officer in the CCF; he has also coached teams in both hockey and cricket. He is Chair of the College E-Safety Committee, runs the Swinbank Society and has led regular foreign language trips to France.

Chris is also a member of a local parish church and regularly helps out with charitable Christian activities. When time permits, he enjoys golf, taking his kayak to Cornish surfing beaches and trying to outwit the trout on the River Pang. He is married to Nicky with two daughters, Keziah and Imogen, a son, Joshua, and a dog called Tucker.

Chris Best

Chris was educated locally at Reading Blue Coat School before reading History at the University of Kent. After being elected as a Student Sabbatical Officer, Chris served a year as Sports Officer for the Student Union. Following this, he obtained his PGCE in History at the University of Roehampton and began his teaching career in 2008 at Churcher’s College in Hampshire.

Chris joined Bradfield in 2012 as a History teacher and was appointed Head of Department in 2013. Alongside his academic and management roles, Chris became Deputy Housemaster of Army House and went on to do the same role in Faulkner’s House in 2017.

During his time at the College Chris has been enormously involved in co-curricular life. He has coached the 1stXI and U15A boys football teams as well as the junior cricket team in the Summer Term. He was also Master in Charge of Cross Country and organised the Huxham and inter-house Steeplechase runs. Chris also launched and led two overseas expeditions (to Central America and Swaziland) as part of the World Challenge programme.

Chris is a keen sportsman and when time permits he plays football and cricket. He is also an endurance runner having completed a number of long distance races including the London Marathon in 2016. Chris is married to Maddie, who also works at the College. Maddie is a History and Politics teacher and has been a Deputy Housemistress.

Hillside prides itself on its open and friendly community where much emphasis is placed upon the boys' effort and contribution in all aspects of Bradfield life. We want them to develop into reflective, self-critical, ambitious learners and seek to create an environment in which they are free to explore, enquire, innovate and take well-considered risks. Above all, we want the boys to leave Bradfield as balanced, principled and open-minded individuals, well-prepared and confident of their ability to handle the unpredictable challenges that life beyond Bradfield will throw at them.

Chris Carlier, HsM - Hillside (F)
Hillside contact details
AddressHillside, Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire, RG7 6BD
Telephone0118 964 4640
Matron tel0118 964 4643