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Housemistress Ms S Botley
House Matron Mrs E Fensham
Resident Assistant Mrs AK Jones

Year 8 girl boarders moving up from Blake House or new pupils entering the School at 13+ enter one of three girls’ senior boarding houses (Anson, Hood and Howe), each with around 60 boarding pupils. There are leisure facilities that include day rooms, table tennis and pool tables, kitchens, television rooms and a house library. Each boarder has his or her own self-contained working and sleeping accommodation. Normally, Year 8 and 9 pupils will be in four-bedded rooms with bath and shower facilities nearby and those in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be in double or single study bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

From the Housemistress...

Howe House is a fully modernised girls’ boarding house with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We have 58 beds and cater for both boarders and day pupils from Year 8 to Year 12. Howe House is a calm and welcoming house with a family feel to it. We try to make Howe a 'home from home'. All girls are encouraged to join in as many of the House events and school activities as possible and to represent their House with pride.

We have a system of family groups in Howe, led by the House prefects. The older girls take on the role of family leader, helping to settle and ‘buddy’ the younger pupils within their family group, thereby creating a caring and supportive network to ensure that all pupils are integrated and feel welcome.

Our resident matron, Elizabeth (Beth) Fensham is a real treasure, offering continual support and comfort to all the girls (and the staff). Each girl is assigned a personal tutor who mentors and supports the girls in their academic progress, co-curricular activity and social development. Together the staff attached to the House provide dedicated pastoral care and tailored academic guidance during those important GCSE and AS years.

Howe girls work hard; be it in their academic studies, on the sports field, in the House drama festival or making sure they are looking their best for the school disco!

Above all I would like Howe girls to be happy with the person that they become, to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and not be handicapped by them. A Howe girl should be true to herself and be able to accept responsibility for the decisions that she has made. This is a very tall order but as Winston Churchill says ‘I am an optimist; there doesn’t seem much point in being anything else’.

I look forward to welcoming you to Howe House.

Suzanne Botley