The House is the centre of every Carthusian’s life, and the Houses offer a strong sense of identity and community. House spirit is encouraged by competitions in a wide variety of activities, from art to waterpolo, and House colours can be won for cultural as well as sporting achievement.
The Housemasters and Housemistresses and their families live in the Houses, and are supported by the Assistant Housemaster, the Matron (also residential) and a team of Tutors. Each Tutor has a small number of pupils with whom he or she meets at least once a week to provide the help and encouragement that enables every pupil to make the most of life at the School.
There is also a structure of care amongst the pupils in each House. The Housemaster / Housemistress appoints a Head of House and House Monitors to help care for pupils in the House. And during their first few weeks in the House, each new pupil is allocated to an older pupil whose responsibility it is to make sure they settle in, find their way around and learn quickly how the School and House works.
boarding house updates
Stage 1: September 2019
September 2019 will see the introduction of separate boys’ and girls’ Houses. Initially this will be achieved by converting existing buildings into three new girls’ Houses, initially the home for Sixth Form girls. This is alongside a continuous programme of improvements to the existing boys’ Houses and the introduction of additional resident staff in each House. This programme is well underway with several Houses completed in 2018 and more planned during 2019 and beyond.
Two girls' Houses – Chetwynd and Sutton – will form within the existing, large Chetwynd Hall building. Fletcherites, currently the Sixth Form House, will also become a girls' House from September 2019.
Stage 2: Opening of two new-build Houses in 2021
When Year 9 girls are welcomed to the School in 2021, we will be opening two brand new Boarding Houses, situated between Daviesites and the Ben Travers Theatre. We are keen that there are boys and girls living on both sides of the School, and that future investment in boarding facilities benefits both the boys and the girls. Therefore, one of the new Houses will be for boys and the other for girls.
- One House will become the fourth of the girls’ Houses, to be called Northbrook
- The other will be the new home of Saunderites, which will relocate over the summer of 2021. Suzanne Allen, the current Housemaster will remain at the helm and will lead the move across with the boys
- Sutton will move into the old Saunderites building in the centre of the School, with Chetwynd expanding to fill the whole of the Chetwynd Hall building