Carpenter is a happy caring family house where everyone feels valued and respected. It's a place where you can work quietly in a supportive learning environment, but one where you will have fun and laughter too. You are assured of a warm welcome so you will soon feel that Carpenter is a real home from home. Currently we have 60+ girls in Carpenter house, predominantly boarders, though the day girls are well-integrated and most take advantage of the occasional boarding and weekend activities. Located near the theatre, music school, sports hall and swimming pool, Carpenter house is close by the action but sufficiently removed from the classroom to make it feel like home away from the daily routine of lessons.
Carpenter house, fondly known as 'Carpie', began its life as 'Stoneleigh' and was initially bought in 1961. When a special dormitory block was added in 1965, it created a new boys' boarding house. This was named after Rev Spencer Cecil Carpenter (1877-1959), Provost 1935 – 53, who had previously served as Chaplain to the King 1929-35. An impressive oak desk, presented by his widow Phyllis, takes pride of place in the housemistress' study. It was in 1994 that Carpenter became the second girls' boarding house at King's. Now, with its modern décor, and feminine touches, there is little evidence that it was once a boys' house except for the array of photographs along the corridor!
Carpenter OAs have found fame in diverse fields: these include Maddie Hinch, who currently plays in goal for England Hockey; Dominic Wood of 'Dick and Dom' fame; and film producer Georgia Kacandes, best known for Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Adventures of Tin Tin.
In the Third, Fourth and Fifth Form, each bedroom has two to four girls sharing, and these groups change each term to establish and maintain good friendships within each year group. The junior studies are located on the ground floor close to the Duty Office so that help is readily available from the duty tutor or prefect - so don’t be afraid to ask. In the Lower Sixth (L6th), boarding girls usually share double study bedrooms, and in the Upper Sixth (U6th) each boarder has a single study bedroom. Everyone is encouraged to decorate their studies and bedrooms to make them feel homely.
Day girls each have a study desk and share studies with boarders in the lower years; you are welcome to stay over if space is available. In the sixth form, day girls share a study room and are equally invited to spend the occasional boarding night when space allows.
Carpenter's large main common room is for girls only, so it's a place where you can relax, chatter or watch a film snuggled up with your duvet if you like. It has a large kitchen area with oven, fridge/freezer etc, where you can occasionally cook and share a pizza or indulge in your favourite recipes. You can invite friends - both girls and boys – to your own year group common room. Third and Fourth Form girls share one common room, the Fifth Form have their own, as do the Sixth Form who also have a good-sized kitchen for entertaining. A small kitchenette area with a fridge, microwave and kettle is available so that you can make your guests welcome.
Our house tuck shop, located in the duty office, is open daily at morning break, after prep, and as advertised on weekends when it is particularly popular for pizza sales! You can use cash or money deposited in house bank.
In addition to school diary events and impromptu activities such as cooking or DVD nights, there is a trip available to the local cinema on most Sundays. A 3rd form outing is organised by tutors on the first weekend, followed by a house BBQ which is a popular feature on several sunny Sunday evenings. We also organise a number of special events throughout the year. 'Carpenter Unplugged' welcomes all budding stars to entertain us in the Carpenter garden; in November we celebrate Guy Fawkes by lighting sparklers and toasting marshmallows; and in the Lent term, the Carpenter Ball is organised by the Lower Sixth as part of their leadership training. There is also an annual theatre outing, and in recent years we have visited Bristol Hippodrome to see various West End shows, such as War Horse, The Lion King and High School Musical..
Meet the Staff – Housemistress
Laura Jones joined us as Carpenter Housemistress when Karen Cole retired this year. Laura was a Senior Mistress at Llandovery College and was responsible for the pastoral well-being of the pupils throughout the school. She also comes to us a as qualified SENCo and Dyslexia/SpLD specialist.
When not teaching or leading a house, Laura enjoys netball, and is a qualified netball and hockey coach, as well as a netball umpire. She also loves to paint (acrylics) and enjoys running half marathons.
Laura joined King's with her husband Dafydd, who was also a Housemaster at Llandovery, and their children: Martha (six) and Mabel (three). Dafydd has joined our chemistry department, and replaces David Cole.
Momoka Hayash (Mo)
Momoka Hayash (Mo) is a keen footballer and talented linguist. She lives in the flat at the front of Carpenter, which is situated along the corridor past the junior study rooms. She is an important point of contact if you need to see a member of staff or just fancy a chat.
Assistants and House Matron
Mrs Lucy Cruttenden (Head of MFL, CCF, Hockey)
Miss Meg Menheneott (Mathematics, Netball, Hockey)
Mrs Karen Paul (Assistant Director of Music, Girls' Football, Dance)
Miss Abi Schultz (Geography, CCF, Netball)
Miss Emily Stevens (Art, Cross-country, Badminton)
Dawn Slade - always called 'Matron' - is much loved in the house and will offer a friendly ear if you need a chat. She will help wake you up in the mornings, check you are keeping your area tidy, and make sure you change your bed on the right day! Our domestic assistants Kathy, Dawn and Louise will keep your rooms clean - if you keep them tidy!
Scarlett is in her final year at King's. She loves drama and has taken part in every production since she started at the school. Her passion is singing – she is a member of the King's Choir and enjoys performing at events such as our Rock Concerts.
Sport has also played a large role in her time at King's. She has taken part in netball, hockey and tennis teams over the years.
After leaving the school, Scarlett hopes to go on to do a primary school teaching qualification. She'd love to work with young children in a primary school setting.
In her role as House Captain, Scarlett can't wait to make the role her own. She has boarded since she was eight years old, and feels well-placed to share her own experiences to her fellow housemates in Carpenter.