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Housemistress Mrs SE Hanrahan
House Matron Miss M Crawford
Assistant House Matron Mrs J Shuff
Resident Assistant Mr TB Perry
Housekeeper Mrs C Ryan

The Junior House provides pastoral care and support for both boarding and day pupils during their first year in the Lower School. The Housemistress takes overall responsibility for the House, assisted on a day-to-day basis by the boarding and day pupil Matrons and resident and non-resident House staff.

From the Housemistress...

Blake House provides a secure and happy environment enabling Year 7 pupils to transition smoothly from primary to secondary education. Each pupil is treated as an individual with an academic tutor, excellent pastoral care and a ‘home away from home’ in Blake house. We are here to introduce pupils to the routines and rituals of RHS and our morning and evening routines are well established to give pupils security and enable them to grow in confidence. Both day and boarding pupils have timetabled prep sessions and day pupils are encouraged to stay in school until 18:00, so that they can make the most of all the co-curricular activities available. For boarders, there is a full program of evening and weekend activities and entertainment.

The integration of day and boarding pupils at this stage enables pupils to form strong friendships within their year group as they enjoy activities and social events together. Boarders live in superbly furnished six or eight-bedded rooms and day pupils are welcome to join the boarding community for overnight stays on an ad hoc basis.

We endeavour to help boys and girls realise their full potential and move on as resilient, independent young people, ready to enter their senior House in Year 8. This is made possible with the support of an excellent Matron and a fantastic team of experienced and devoted house staff and tutors. The pupils are nurtured in a family atmosphere within the house where they learn valuable lessons about respect, community and the spirit of enquiry that will serve them well as they move through the school. We aim to help them all with their personal development and their mutual understanding of each other and to motivate them to achieve to the best of their ability within the classroom and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you to Blake House.

Sabina Hanrahan