Wolverton House occupies the upper floors of the Clayesmore ‘Main House’. Once home to James Ismay, director of White Star Line, owners of The Titanic, the ‘Main House’ is a beautiful, late Victorian building. From the entrance hall. Up a grand wooden staircase is Wolverton House – one of our two girls’ houses, which comprises about fifty boarders and a similar number of day pupils. It is a warren of corridors and crannies with doors leading to comfy study bedrooms and each window offering a beautiful view of the grounds. The common rooms and kitchens benefit from the generous proportions of what were once the great house’s principal bedrooms..
Wolverton’s Housemistress is Mrs Emma Dorey, a teacher of mathematics, and she lives in a flat in the house with her husband and their two small boys. She is well-supported by a resident tutor who lives within the house 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.
Emma Dorey writes:
“It is hard not to fall in love with Wolverton from the moment you step into it. The wonderful sweeping staircase starts the journey to a beautiful cosy environment where the girls soon feel that they belong. The girls are loyal to their house and to each other and they take responsibility for making the house a good place to be. Wolverton offers a home to anyone who steps over the threshold; but it also a place for working hard, building resilience, making many happy memories and building lasting friendships. I feel very fortunate to lead this house, and my hope is that all girls who come through our doors, leave as women who value kindness and compassion, and who have the confidence and self-belief to meet all the challenges that life can present them with.”