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. Each dorm-area contains purpose-built study bedrooms.
Every corridor has two large, well-equipped bathrooms and at least one kitchen with a large table where the students can eat together and socialise. Each floor also has a laundry area for the students wishing to do their personal laundry.
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, pool table, a notably retro Nintendo wii and an array of seating.
We encourage the students from all the four Founders houses to use this space to socialise. As well as organised house activities, the girls often arrange their own socials, including open mic nights, old-school wii tournaments and bake-offs.
Kay Price joined Benenden in September 2020. Her principle subjects are History, Politics and RS. Prior to joining Benenden, she was a Housemistress in a 13-18 house at Lord Wandsworth College, a Deputy Housemistress at Uppingham and Head of History at Leicester High School for Girls. She has two dogs, Ralph and Digby, and spends much of her time off travelling or planning her next overseas adventure. In the Spring, she is always on the farm assisting with lambing!
The Deputy Housemistress is Mrs Catherine Gaunt, who is also Head of Lacrosse and Head of Upper Fourth. Having worked at the School for over 10 years, she has recently come back from having her two children Leo and Ottilie with her wife Lucy (Echyngham Housemistress). Her background is in Lacrosse and has over 50 caps for England. She studied Physiotherapy at Birmingham and afterwards gained an MSC from Loughborough. In her free time she enjoys getting away to her home in Devon and family walks with her two Hungarian Vizsla's Monty and Rhubarb.
We share our superb and very experienced matron team with Elms, our Day Matron, Mrs Carol Battson who is very much the mum at school taking care of the students day-to-day welfare and Resident Matron, Mrs Margaret Barnett. We are also blessed with a superb group of ladies who run the domestic side and our Sunday Evening Matron Mrs Hayley Eggleshaw completes our team.