On joining the school girls are assigned to one of our Houses and presented with a specially designed House badge, to be worn on the lapel of the School blazer.
The House names are Anderson, Beale, Cavell, and Eliot, and are named after famous women who were renowned for their courage, talent and great determination to succeed in their own particular field. Each House has its own colour, Anderson yellow, Beale red, Cavell green and Eliot blue.
House competitions provide an opportunity for further involvement in teams for all age groups across a range of different events, both sporting and non-sporting. All girls are encouraged to participate. Details of inter-house competitions can be found in the school calendar.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) was the first female doctor in Britain and a committed feminist. She established a dispensary and a hospital for women (later renamed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital), as well as the London Medical School for Women. In 1883, she was appointed Dean of the London School of Medicine and upon her retirement became the first woman Mayor to be elected in England.
Dorothea Beale (1865-1915) was one of the first students at Queen’s College for Women and their first woman Mathematics Tutor. She later became the Vice-President of the Central Society for Women’s Suffrage, and Head Teacher at Cheltenham Ladies College, involving herself with improving the national standard of education. In 1892, she purchased a building in Oxford which she renamed St Hilda’s College and this is still one of the few remaining all women colleges in Britain.
Edith Cavell (1865-1915) trained as a nurse at the London Hospital and became the first Matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels. After the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, she helped 200 soldiers escape to Holland. She was arrested and executed by the German military in 1915. Within 8 weeks of her death, recruitment to the British Army had doubled. Every year on the anniversary of her execution, there is a graveside service in her memory at Norwich Cathedral.
George Eliot (1819-1880), born Mary Ann Evans, was a successful author of eight hugely popular novels. She was the highest paid Victorian novelist and an idol of her time. There is a memorial stone dedicated to her memory in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey. Her name stands amongst the other great names of our literary heritage.