King’s House

King’s is a purpose-built boarding House tucked away in a quiet corner of the campus near the woods, lake and theatre. It is named after the school’s longest serving Headmaster, Evelyn King.

King’s girls enjoy the short walk from the main school back to King’s which feels like going home at the end of the day, but it is near enough, too, for day girls to drop off their belongings at the start of the day and to take their breaks in the cosy common rooms. King’s is a square house with lots of smaller rooms surrounding a warm heart. It is an ideal environment for people to know they belong, but also have the opportunity to find a quiet space.

Mrs Ruth Readman is the Houseparent of King’s and she lives in with her husband, Guy, and their two children, who are both Clayesmore pupils. Mrs Readman is an art teacher and runs the house along with resident tutor and the matron who keeps things running smoothly. A strong team of academic staff also support the girls, either as visiting boarding house tutors or as personal tutors, connecting the pastoral needs with the academic and keeping a daily eye on their welfare.

Mrs Readman writes:

“Our House motto  was written by the girls themselves. It is,  “May all who enter as friends leave as family,” and we think it captures the spirit of the House in just a few words. My family loves living in this community and we strive to pass on that family atmosphere to the girls, giving them the very best boarding experience. My hope for King’s girls is that they will learn, not only to be kind and compassionate, but also to be risk takers and challenge seekers. At the weekend, a King’s boarder might do some study, watch some netflix with friends and cook up a feast in the kitchen or, sometimes, she might be lured out to climb a hill or do some coast steering or zip wire over the lake!”