History of Poynter House

Poynter House was founded in 1970 to accommodate the expanding numbers in the College. It was named after Dr William Poynter (1762-1827) who was Prefect of Studies at Douai in the last days of the English College. He was imprisoned at Doullens and, eventually, returned to England where he saw a new Douai built on English soil. He became President of St Edmund’s and a Bishop.

In his last will and testament, he asked that his heart should be buried at this College from which, in life, it had never been disassociated. His body was brought here, from Moorfields, in 1900. Bishop Milner said of him “I would give the universe to possess half Poynter’s merit in the sight of God.”


House Capt ains

House Captain – Ethan Mackenzie-Yapa

House Captain – Emily Thomas





House Master – Mr Duncan Brett

I have taught History at St Edmund’s College since 2010 and I was delighted to start as Head of Poynter House in September 2017. I am blessed to be assisted by a dedicated team of tutors. Poynter staff and students strive to develop a strong house spirit by supporting one another in the wide variety of Inter-House competitions at the College which offer an opportunity to all students to discover and develop their talents. Moreover, we encourage one another in all aspects of life at St Edmund’s College and, through showing compassion and understanding to one another, we aim to build a happy community where all feel welcomed and valued.

Poynter House Prayer

Lord God,

Look down on us, your children. Give us the grace to show our love for you in the way we treat other people.

Bless Poynter House so that it can be a community of faith and love; where everyone can be secure in the knowledge that they are respected and valued.

We ask this through the intercession of St. Edmund and our College martyrs.

Lord hear us.