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Years I & II - Chatter, fun and friendship

Red House

You will move into Red House if you are in Years I and II. Chatter, fun and friendship is the key here, unlocking a wonderful life where toast and hot chocolate by the Aga in the farmhouse kitchen is an indulgent highlight in the day.

Red House (Years I & II)

The cosy comforts of Red House give the girls a strong grounding to life at QM before they move on to their middle and senior years. Our house staff work hard to make sure all girls feel safe and happy, working together to create a friendly environment for everyone. With mentoring opportunities for Year II and support for Year I girls, girls soon feel comfortable and confident in their surroundings, and their personalities start to shine.

The cosy farmhouse dorms, which sleep between four and six girls, are each named after a Yorkshire Dale. There is also a farmhouse kitchen, lounge, Skype room, junior cloakroom block - known as the JC - where kit, wellies and other outdoor items are stored. All students have a locker assigned to them for the storage of School books and there is a safe, private playground complete with zip wire and den adjacent to the house for the girls to enjoy.

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What it’s like to live in Red House?

Red House is a dynamic and evolving place to live. For the large majority of girls joining us in Year I, it is their first time boarding and living away from home. We work diligently to make sure that all of the girls feel safe and happy, and that they work together to create a friendly environment. This in turn helps nurture both their academic development and social interactions.

Our unique location, both on campus and within a large and comfy old farmhouse, helps to define and develop the confidence and personality of the girls - both as individuals and as members of the school community as they learn to live and work together.

What should parents know about Red House?

We recognise that Year I is a big transition for girls and parents. House staff are on hand to make this transition as smooth possible. We want the girls to feel as much at home as possible, and this means firstly creating a safe environment.

All of our Red House staff have a holistic approach to the welfare of each girl. We work closely across the school with various departments - and of course with the parents - to ensure every girl is happy and healthy. The triangulation of pastoral care – tutors, teachers, medical centre – ensures we have a full understanding of each girl’s needs. Housestaff all have substantial experience in pastoral care roles and we encourage the girls in life skills, good manners, healthy eating, and general wellbeing.

What makes Red House unique from others on campus?

Red House is a very special place for girls in Year I and 2. Housed in an old farmstead, the home faces out over rural grounds with its own playground and private garden.

The farm-style kitchen has its own Aga - the focal point of the house where the girls meet, chat, and share news in a homely atmosphere. While it has a rural feel, the house is actually in the middle of the School grounds, providing easy and quick access to all of the main School buildings. During the year prior to girls’ arrival at Red House, all potential new girls are encouraged to visit QM in order to establish a comfortable transition into School life. This usually involves a ‘Taster Day,’ where visiting girls are paired with existing Year I girls to attend classes and enrichment activities during the day before attending a trial night in boarding.

We asked our Red House Housemistress about her favourite part of life in Years I and II. Here’s what she had to say…

Red House is a loving, caring and nurturing environment. It is always such a pleasure getting to know each student and seeing them flourish as we progress through the year. We run a vibrant and varied weekend activity program, with theme parks, watersports, crafting and food festivals - all firm favourites within the calendar. It is so nice to see friendships grow within the House. As older students look back on their fond memories of the first day at secondary school, they regularly come to visit the house to reminisce on their experiences in those early years, sharing funny stories and early memories. Red House is the perfect first stop in their journey at QM.

Boarding makes a particularly strong contribution to pupils' social development: they build strong supportive relationships with fellow boarders that sustain them during their time at School.

ISI Inspection Report (2019)

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