Fletcherites was opened in September 2010 as a Sixth Form House, and from September 2019 becomes a Girls' House. It occupies the oldest building on the School site, the 18th century Northbrook House, which was purchased by Charterhouse in 1924 and was occupied by the Headmaster, Frank Fletcher, and was later used as the School medical centre (“Great Comp”). The first Housemaster of Fletcherites was Mr Ivan Hoffman de Visme (BH1988-2018).
MISS ALICE BROOKING
In Fletcherites, our aim is to create a friendly, supportive, secure and homely community in which every girl is valued and appreciated. We seek to provide a framework within which our pupils have the opportunity to learn effectively, to develop their own interests, talents and intellectual curiosity and to achieve excellent qualifications which properly reflect their capabilities. Pupils are also encouraged to view Fletcherites as a place in which to relax and enjoy the social benefits of a close community.
The structures and rules in place in Fletcherites are designed to allow the smooth running of the House in a peaceful and civilised manner, giving pupils the opportunity to develop respect for others, self-respect and maturity.
Miss AC Brooking, MA
Alice Brooking joined Charterhouse as Housemistress of Fletcherites and teacher of French in September 2016.
She previously taught languages at Eton College and, prior to that, was Housemistress at Harrow International School in Hong Kong where she founded a new boarding house in the senior school. She also spent five years as Head of the French department at Harrow School in London before her move to Asia.
Alice's interests include education, literature, foreign film, travel and music.
Mrs Catherine McDonald
Housemistress from September 2020
It is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the incoming Housemistress of Fletcherites, a house that in my ten years at Charterhouse I have come to have much affection for. I was a tutor in Fletcherites for seven years and so am all the more delighted to be returning to it. From September 2020, I will run Fletcherites as an extension of my home and welcome the girls as part of my extended family. Charterhouse presents so many exciting opportunities for pupils, and in Fletcherites I will aim to continue the great work done by Alice Brooking in making a happy, open, home-away-from-home, from which the girls can go out into the School, and then the wider world, and flourish.
I have taught at Charterhouse since 2009 (I am currently Head of History and Assistant Housemistress in Bodeites), and have become very fond of the School, its fabulous pupils, staff, and facilities, as well as the weird and wonderful traditions and terminology that help to make it such a special place. Before coming to Charterhouse I had read History at Cambridge, and then qualified and worked as a solicitor. Leaving the City behind, in my time at Charterhouse I have been Head of History, Master of the Specialists, run the golf team, coached netball and athletics and been on countless expeditions and school trips. I love the outdoors and, together with my family, spend much of the holidays in the Scottish Highlands.
It really is a privilege to live and work in such a vibrant and inspiring community and I, together with my husband Andrew, our children Hamish and Florence (and our two ever so friendly springer spaniels) am very much looking forward to sharing that with the Fletcherites girls at such an exciting time for Charterhouse.
“From the very beginning, Fletcherites felt like home. As the most international house in the School, it's a very colourful and diverse environment where everyone is included and accepted for who they are. One of the most beautiful things our house has to offer are all the life-long friendships with people from all over the globe.” (Year 12 girl)
“It’s the staff at Fletcherites that make the house so truly special. Our housemistress, Miss Brooking, is always there for us, supporting us in every decision and pushing us to try harder. Our Matron, Merrill, is one of a kind. She might chase after us because we occasionally pretend to be sick but she's like a mother to us and her warm spirit is a big part of the house. Last but definitely not least, I think it's worth mentioning the loveliest member of the Fletcherites team, Fr Adam, with his big smile, loud laugh and positive attitude, he makes the house an incredible place to live in.” (Year 12 girl)
“Looking back on my first year at Charterhouse, Fletcherites has been a big part of my experience here. When I first arrived, I was extremely home sick and not sure whether boarding school was the thing for me. But as time passed by and I cultivated relationships with my house mates, I can say I'm more than grateful to be part of the Fletcherites family.” (Year 13 girl)
“Boarding houses at Charterhouse have international pupils representing 46 countries worldwide. Pupils appreciate the insight into different cultures and the experiences that this diversity brings.” (Independent Schools Inspectorate)