whether full, weekly or flexi, boarding is integral to the educational opportunity that the School provides.
House life is rooted in the values of the School - care and respect for one another, charity and forgiveness. The heart of each house lies in the joy and delight the girls derive from each other’s company. Friendships are formed here which last long after our girls have left Mayfield. The fullness of the boarding experience fosters their development into caring, communicative and engaged young women who, at every turn, enrich the world they enter.
We have four Houses:
- Leeds House for Lower School pupils (Years 7 & 8)
Opened in 2005, Leeds House is named after the Duchess of Leeds who generously donated the Old Palace to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus to establish a school at Mayfield. Located adjacent to Lower School, Leeds is home to the Year 7 and 8 boarders, who sleep in rooms of two to four girls. The house has a cosy common room, IT suite and kitchen areas.
- Connelly House for Middle School girls in Years 9 & 10
Located near to the swimming pool and with views over the playing fields, Connelly is home to all the Year 9 & 10 boarders. It has 72 beds arranged across four floors, with girls in dorms of between four and eight private cubicles. Facilities include a common room, dining room, computer room, games room, a brand new kitchen and several relaxed seating areas.
- Gresham House for Year 11 girls
Gresham House opened its doors to Year 11 boarders in September 2014. Situated in one of the oldest parts of the School site, Gresham House has been sympathetically refurbished to provide spacious and modern accommodation whilst retaining the ancient building's character. For girls at this important stage of their school career, a separate house allows a very useful step in the transition to Sixth Form. The girls can develop more independence and have the support, guidance and space that is very important in this crucial GCSE year. The Year 11 boarders have attractive rooms for one, two or three girls, many with stunning views over the School buildings and the countryside beyond. They also have their own social areas and study facilities.
- St. Dunstan's House for pupils in Year 12 & 13
St Dunstan’s caters for Year 12 and 13 boarders. Its location within the Main School building gives Sixth Form boarders access in the evenings and weekends to the study facilities they need, including the Library and IT Suites, along with kitchens and two large common rooms. All full and weekly boarders are allocated their own single bedroom.
Grouping girls in this way allows us to focus on the particular social and academic considerations specific to the age group in the house. At the same time girls develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility in a graduated manner and to an appropriate degree.
In all four boarding houses our girls enjoy a stimulating environment. The pleasures of home are interwoven with a work and activity schedule designed to encourage them to educate themselves in the fullest sense of the word.
Each house is overseen by a Housemistress who also works as part of the teaching staff - thus providing a vital link between the pastoral and academic sides of school life. Our Housemistresses develop a singular insight into the girls in their care. They are in frequent contact with the girls throughout the day - at mealtimes, during study and finally in the bedtime routine and are always available to share the girls’ concerns and offer advice. Housemistresses are supported by their matrons, as well as resident and non-resident tutors.