B uilt in 1902, Espin House was named after the illustrious and scholarly headmaster Canon John Espin, who retired that year. Like Armstrong, this house was designed by William White-Cooper, a man who left his architectural imprint on a number of the city’s schools.

Espin boys are fiercely competitive and loyal. On the sports field they often lead the pack. The house celebrated its centenary in 2002 in style, with 190 old boys attending the reunion events.

Mr Mike Fennell

It is a pleasure to be back in the Eastern Cape, but particularly, at St Andrew’s College and Espin House. Following my departure from College in 2005, my time in education has been a hugely rewarding and fulfilling experience - a wonderful journey. I have been Headmaster of King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, served DHS as the CEO of their Foundation, spent 3 intriguing years running a Bush Lodge in the north of the Kruger National Park, and most recently, a Mathematics Teacher at Jeppe High School for Boys. However, to see out my career as the Espin House Housemaster is indeed very special. I have missed being at the coalface.

My wife, Sandy, is the Grade 1 teacher at St Andrew’s Prep, and my children, Chris and Kerry live in Johannesburg and London respectively. Both were also extremely privileged to have enjoyed the St Andrew’s and DSG experience.

As the Housemaster, I am supported by a Deputy Housemaster, Mr Craig Hatches, and a wonderful team of Academic Tutors, Support Staff, Prefects, and Mentors, all responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of the boys.

Espin is home to approximately 65 boys, with the House system central to the College experience. The boys are extremely loyal to their House and fully identify with its ethos.

Espin will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2027.