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 3rd, 4th and 5th 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
6.1, boarding girls usually share double study bedrooms, and in 6.2
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. 3rd and 4rd form girls share one common room, the 5th form have their own, as do the 6th 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 6.1 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. Mrs Cole is always happy to discuss any other trips or activities that interest you.