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 in 'Gatcombe' (now part of Bishop's Fox House) in 1952. It later moved to 'Stoneleigh' which was bought in 1961 and a special dormitory block was added in 1965. The house 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. Even though girls were gradually integrated into the boys' house from the early seventies, it was in 1994 that Carpenter officially became the second girls' boarding house at King's.
The history of Carpenter House is very important to us, as shown by the timeline of annual house photographs we display along the corridors. We are always pleased to hear from old boys and girls who would like to visit or tell us their stories of life in Carpenter House.
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 in 2017. 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 (seven) and Mabel (five). Dafydd has joined our chemistry department, and is also a tutor and house assistant in Woodard House.
Fran is an English teacher entering her fifth year of teaching at King’s College. As well as teaching and assisting in Carpenter, Fran is also a hockey coach to both girls and boys and she runs the school newspaper “The Pelican Post”.
Fran can be seen around school accompanied by her gorgeous little dog Peppa!
Assistants and House Matron
Miss Meg Menheneott (mathematics, netball, hockey) – Third Form tutor
Mrs Karen Paul (Head of Academic Music, girls' football, dance) – Fifth Form tutor
Mrs Abi Godfrey (geography, CCF, netball) – Fourth Form tutor
Mrs Harry Agg-Manning (Head of Drama) – Third Form tutor
Miss Emily Brockington (geography, KSS) – Fourth Form tutor
Mrs Sandra Lawson (EAL) – Fifth Form tutor
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, Theresa and Louise will keep your rooms clean - if you keep them tidy!