Britten House changed its name to Queens’ House in September 2016. It is named after Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. During the reign of each queen Gresham’s School made significant strides towards the establishment it is today.
In the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558) Gresham’s was founded (1555), in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) Gresham’s admitted its first pupil (1562), and in the reign of Elizabeth II (1953-present) Gresham’s first admitted female pupils (1971). Britten House was opened in 1996 and Queens’ House was named in 2016.
Virginia Seldon is the Housemistress of Queens’ House. Vi arrived to Gresham’s nine years ago as a Spanish assistant, having studied English and Spanish at the University of Valladolid, her hometown, and did her PGCE at Buckingham University. She was a resident tutor in Britten House for two years before becoming Head of Spanish, a role she continues to fulfil.
She is married to Mark, who is the Director of Studies at Gresham’s and they have a little boy, Oliver and baby Mia. Mark has an older son, Harry, who attends Gresham’s Prep School.
Queen’s House has a very special and beautiful location on the North East edge of the campus, backing onto the School woods and overlooking the playing fields, Chapel, and the Auden Theatre. It has a particularly colourful and cheerful interior and a new Upper Sixth Form wing. It has a warmth and vibrancy which are quite unique and is currently home to around 71 girls, including boarding pupils and day girls.
The House has a homely Common Room with comfy sofas and a TV, and a large kitchen for everyone to use. In addition there are extra kitchen facilities for Sixth Formers and a separate smaller Common Room for Upper Sixth Formers.
Year 9 girls share a large study for prep (homework), and there is a cheerful dormitory for Year 9 boarders. Years 10 and 11 have shared bedsits, along with some Lower Sixth pupils.
The majority of Lower Sixth and all Upper Sixth have single rooms, the latter being housed in the newly built Upper Sixth Form wing on the first floor.
Residential House Staff
- Miss Mary Bradley is Queens’ Assistant Housemistress and is a French and Spanish teacher. She has previously worked at a boarding school in Oxford and has lived and worked, teaching in Spain. Miss Bradley ensures that the girls enjoy their time in Queens’ and do the best they can in all their commitments whether they are academic, sporting, drama, music and more.
- Mrs Carol Day is the House Matron. She is the first person the girls go to if they are feeling unwell and help with all health matters. She helps arrange appointments and manages laundry and is always there if the girls need a chat and is good at problem solving and finding lost items!
Non-Residential duty staff
- Mrs Anna Watt – Head of French
- Mrs Elizabeth MacNamara – Teacher of Maths
- Mr Simon Kinder – Teacher of History, Head of Learning and Prep Duty Staff.
- Miss Sarah Pink – Teacher of Art
- Ms Melissa Masters – Teacher of English as a second language
- Miss Maria Cordon – Spanish Teacher
- Mrs Louise Futter – Teacher of Drama and UCAS coordinator
- Ms Miriam Zechiel – Teacher of German as first and second language
Head of House
Deputy Head of House
- Naomi Crame
- Quitterie D’Harcourt
- Anne Rich
- Jenisa Kitbancha
- Iona Stubbs
- Fidan Hayijeva
- Lily Hepburn