Boarding  Houses

At Benenden we believe that boarding should complement, not replace, family life. A girl’s boarding House becomes her home from home and the centre of her personal life. It is where she comes ‘home’ to after the school day and it is where she feels happy, safe and well cared for.
From the start, the girls are members of the friendly dormitories which are characteristic of Benenden, and they quickly learn to support one another. Students themselves play a vital role in running their Houses, and have every opportunity to develop skills of leadership and a sense of responsibility and sympathy to the needs of others.

The Fourths’  House

Medway

Medway is the boarding House dedicated to the Fourths (Year 7s). As the smallest of our boarding houses, Medway is the ideal size to accommodate this year group. It also has the benefit of an enclosed outdoor space, and is close to the woods, Sports Centre, Tennis and Netball courts and the eco-classroom.

Before they arrive at Benenden, our incoming Fourths put forward their nominations for which Middle House they would like to join. They will be allocated to this House before they join Medway.
Over the course of their first year the Fourths build strong relationships with their Middle School House. They regularly interact with the girls and staff and take part in inter-House events with their Middle School House, helping to build strong relationships.

House Staff:

  • Katie_Salisbury
    Katie Salisbury

    Housemistress

  • Katrina_Brown
    Katrina Brown

    Deputy Housemistress

The Middle  School Houses

Echyngham Team

Echyngham

Echyngham is a mellow brick, ivy clad construction dating from the 1900s. It is a comfortable building with a homely atmosphere.

Echyngham has many traditions that have been handed down through subsequent generations. The most important are the House Carol Service in the Autumn Term and the House Charity Evening. These are events eagerly anticipated by the students and hugely successful. Our aim is to provide a safe, happy and homely environment so that our girls may feel supported and keen to explore new opportunities.

House Staff:

  • Cat_Gaunt
    Cat Gaunt

    Housemistress

  • Sue_Sherar
    Sue Sherar

    Deputy Housemistress

  • Sarah Vanderpump
    Sarah Vanderpump

    Deputy Housemistress

Guldeford

Guldeford is one of Benenden’s three original Houses, named after the Guldeford family who owned the estate from 1388 – 1702, and who hosted the three-day visit of Queen Elizabeth I in 1573. More recently, HRH The Princess Royal has been a former Guldeford Head of House.

Guldeford House empowers every girl to be the very best version of herself; today, tomorrow and in the future. Everything we do is underpinned by kindness – both to ourselves and to others – so that students feel brave to try new things, or push themselves outside of their comfort zone, knowing they will be celebrated in success and supported through failure.

House Staff:

  • Tim_Hudson
    Tim Hudson

    Housemaster

  • Bowers
    Alison Bowers

    Deputy Housemistress

Hemsted

Hemsted is situated in the main building of the School, enjoying close and easy access to the dining room, while being separate from most classrooms. The House was built as a family home in 1860 and it still retains that special atmosphere.

Hemsted has spectacular views over the parkland and beyond, and the original features combined with the Hemsted team’s warmth and enthusiasm make this a ‘home from home’.
In Hemsted we put kindness at the heart of everything we do to ensure this happy home. The team work together to foster an environment where each individual is confident in feeling valued, respected and cared for by the others in the House.

House Staff:

  • Catherine Allberry

    Housemistress

  • Georgia Holland
    Georgia Holland

    Deputy Housemistress

Marshall

Marshall boarding house is named after John Marshall who was involved in founding Benenden School in 1924. The boarding house was built in 1925 and, though modernised, retains some of the original character as well as the aspirational aims of its namesake.

Our aim is to provide a safe and happy environment in which the girls and their parents feel fully supported throughout their time in Marshall. The House has a warm and family-orientated atmosphere. There is a strong sense of community and loyalty amongst the Marshall girls and they support one another with pride and encouragement.

House Staff:

  • Pippa Commander
    Pippa Commander

    Housemistress

  • Ben Myatt
    Benjamin Myatt

    Deputy Housemaster

Norris

Norris is located in the main School building, with spectacular views over the terrace and parkland. It is named after Admiral Sir John Norris, who bought the main house in 1702.
The dorms for the younger Norris girls are located in the original house’s beautiful period rooms whilst older girls benefit from purpose-built double study bedrooms.

There is plenty of space for relaxation and socialising, as Norris has two house studies and two kitchens. The bright, cosy and homely decor complements the atmosphere in the boarding House, which brims with friendliness and warmth.

House Staff:

  • Barry Imms
    Barry Imms

    Housemaster

  • Rachel Johns
    Rachel Johns

    Housemistress

  • Katie Tyler
    Katie Tyler

    Deputy Housemistress

The Sixth Form  Houses

Oaks

Oaks Boarding House was built in 1993 alongside Limes House, as part of the Founders complex.
Refurbished in 2017, Oaks is a warm and friendly community where we help the girls develop independence for life beyond School.
In Oaks, all the girls enjoy individual rooms alongside shared spaces for relaxation and study, like our beautiful Founders Kitchen.

House Staff:

  • Kate Dobson
    Kate Dobson

    Housemistress

  • Mark Aggrey

    Deputy Housemaster

Beeches

Beeches is the original Founders House, built for Six Twos in 1983. The House consists of four dorm-areas leading from a light and airy central corridor that runs the length of the house and joins with Elms.
During their time in Beeches we encourage the students to develop essential life-skills and independence with the help and support of the House team. In the Beeches section of Founders there is the Founders Bar, which is a large social space with a wide screen TV and pool table.

House Staff:

  • Kay Price
    Kay Price

    Housemistress

  • Wendy Loy

    Deputy Housemistress

Limes

Limes House, built in 1993, is paired with neighbouring Oaks House. Here we encourage the Sixth Form to take responsibility for their own lives and learning and prepare them for the transition to the next step in their futures.

House Staff:

  • Simon_Bennie
    Simon Bennie

    Housemaster

  • Mark Aggrey

    Deputy Housemaster

Elms

Elms House was added to the original Founders complex in 1997 and is paired with its neighbouring boarding House, Beeches.
Elms’ students enjoy single study-bedroom accommodation; in addition there is a kitchen for each floor of about ten students. There are two large lecture/common rooms, group rooms and computer rooms within the complex and always lots going on.

House Staff:

  • Katie Couldrey
    Katie Couldrey

    Housemistress

  • Edward Jones
    Edward Jones

    Deputy Housemaster

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