Cooper House, Senior Boarding House
This newly refurbished house is an amalgamation of two smaller houses Walters and Sayers, combined to create accommodation for mid week, weekly and full boarders from Third to Fifth Year.
The heart of the house is the common room, known as the Sit and this is where the girls congregate for biscuits at break, house meetings and other evening activities such as dance and sing-alongs with the Wii. There is also a fully equipped Games Room, where the girls challenge each other to table tennis. The girls have the use of the dining hall in the evening, where they chat over tea and toast until bedtime.
There is plenty of space and opportunity for everyone to share and get to know one another: everyone changes dorm each term. The Fifth Year girls are accommodated in single, double and triple studies, the most popular with their own en-suite bathrooms. Many choose to board weekly in the run up to the GCSE exams as they make the most of every minute of revision time.
Students are cared for by a team of house staff – lead by Miranda Edouard (Housemistress) and Vicky Wilson (Deputy Housemistress) – who live on site with their families and the house dachshund, Beetle. The team maintain a constant presence in the house and, most evenings, the house office can be filled to the brim with girls hanging out, handing in their electronics and raiding the ‘Cupboard of Love’, home of biscuits and popcorn.