Britten House is changing its name to Queens’ House from 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. The future of the house is now an exciting blank canvas.
Virginia Seldon is the new Housemistress of Queens’ House. Vi arrived to Gresham’s 9 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 will continue to fulfil.
She is married to Mark, who is the Director of Studies at Gresham’s and they have a little boy, Oliver. Mark has an older son, Harry, who attends Gresham’s Prep School.
Queens’ 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 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.
- Miss Emma Thornbury is the House Tutor. She is an Irish International Hockey player, coaches hockey and teaches PE in school and is available to help the girls with their studies and pastoral care in Britten House. She is a graduate of Leeds University.
- Ms Julie Ward-Simms is the House Matron. She is essential to the pastoral welfare of the girls. She is responsible for all matters of clothing and health and is available in the House throughout most of the day. Julie has two grown up children of her own.
Non-Residential Evening duty staff
- Mrs Anna Watt – Head of French and Sixth Form Tutor.
- Mrs Elizabeth MacNamara – Teacher of Maths and Year 10 tutor.
- Mrs Sanae Nakajima – Assistant Director of Music and Year 10 Tutor.
Academic Tutors and other House Associations
- Mr Simon Kinder – Head of Learning and Teaching, Teacher of History and Prep duty Staff.
- Mr Mark Seldon – Director of Studies, Teacher of English and Prep Duty staff.
- Miss Sarah Pink – Teacher of Art and Year 11 Tutor.
- Ms Melissa Masters – Teacher of English as a Second Language and Year 9 Tutor.
- Miss Maria Cordon – Spanish Assistant, Year 9 Tutor and Prep Duty staff.
- Mrs Louise Futter – Teacher of Drama, Sixth Form Tutor and Prep Duty Staff.
- Mr Ben Green – Head of Biology, Sixth Form Tutor and Prep Duty staff.
Head of House
Camilla Salemme Colado