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. 



Miss Martha Burn joined Benenden in 2016 and has since taught Latin and Greek in the Classics Department. She has worked in boarding houses across the School and was Deputy Housemistress of Medway and Head of Fourth and Upper Fourth before joining Norris House in September 2020. As well as all things Classical, Miss Burn loves playing board games, baking and animals. Norris is home to rabbits Daphne and Phoebus and a very energetic puppy named Dido. In Norris all girls are encouraged to do their best and treat each other with kindness. It is a homely, fun and busy place to be.

Deputy Housemistress

Miss Lara Lawman is Deputy Housemistress for Norris.


Mrs Sarah Barnes has been the Resident Matron for Norris since joining us in September 2008. Mrs Barnes is a friendly, calm and stalwart presence in the life of all those in Norris. 

Mrs Stacey Large is a warm, caring and approachable Day Matron who also works with the girls on the Weekend Programme. Mrs Nicole Seakens is Norris' Evening Matron.

Miss Alexandra McLanaghan is our Boarding and Activities Assistant.

The House team is very well assisted by various visiting house tutors.