Hemsted is situated in the main building of the School, enjoying close and easy access to the dining room, whilst being separate from the majority of classrooms.  The current house was built as a family home in 1860 and it still retains that special atmosphere. Arguably the most beautiful Benenden boarding house, 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 in order to ensure this happy home. The team, including our diligent domestic staff, work together to foster an environment where each individual is confident in feeling valued, respected and cared for by the others in the House, and as a result of this support is able to achieve their potential.

Hemsted House Team sitting on sofas


Miss Sarah Wood became Housemistress of Hemsted in September 2019.  Miss Wood joined Benenden from Dulwich College, where she was Deputy Head of the Middle School before being Director of Co-curricular Activities.  She teaches Biology, loves travelling and don’t be surprised if there is soon a Hemsted dog to complete her move to the countryside. 

Deputy Housemistress

Mrs Sarah Huxley-Jones joined Hemsted in September 2015. She is a member of the Geography Department and is involved in the Academic Extension programme.  In her free time, Sarah loves running, doing yoga and dancing.


Mrs Karen Williams is Resident Matron, Mrs Hayley Pankhurst  is the Day Matron and Mrs Nicole Seakens is the Evening Matron. Hemsted’s Saturday Assistant is Mrs Zena Mulholland.