One of Duckites’ greatest strengths is that we really believe in the moral values of the School and treat each other with kindness and respect. We are all treated very much as individuals with specific needs and everyone’s ideas and contributions are welcomes valued equally.
Year 9 pupil
Girdlestoneites – commonly known as 'Duckites' – is located in a beautiful building in the centre of the School, close to the teaching facilities and the central café Oak, where the girls and boys have their meals.
Girdlestoneites is a coeducational House as part of a phased conversion to a girls' only House from September 2026. Over the coming few years, both boys and girls benefit from the experience of a coeducational boarding environment with some shared amenities and common rooms alongside the girls' and boys' only areas.
Frederick Girdlestone (Old Carthusian) founded the House in 1874. He was affectionately known as the ‘Duck’, because of his peculiar gait (hence the commonly used name of the House: Duckites).