As members of Meynell House, Lisa and her assistants want the girls in the house to enjoy being part of a vibrant community that is made up of a multitude of talents; some are great listeners, others are outstanding runners, academics or musicians – all are welcome and every girl has an important part to play in making Meynell the community it is. Every girl is encouraged to express her own individuality and personality and to support the other girls in the house. All the girls are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and house events in order to develop well-rounded social and life skills. Ultimately the experience should be fun and the girls are always involved in decisions concerning the house, so that there is a genuine life-long attachment to the community.
Meynell House is named after Prebendary Henry Meynell, one of Nathaniel Woodard’s closest associates. Meynell was instrumental in the creation of the Woodard Schools at Denstone and Worksop. He was at King’s from 1897-1902 in the role of Provost (a post equivalent to school council leader) and rapidly raised pupil numbers as well as masterminding an ambitious building plan. His fundraising ability led to the building of the school Chapel, Lady Chapel and cloister corridor. It is hard to overstate Meynell’s impact on King’s in the early years of the 20th century and we are proud to continue his name.
Meynell House was one of the original four school houses, located on the top floor of the main building. It moved into its current home in the Unmack building in 1962. Originally a boys’ house Meynell was chosen to become the first girls’ house of the new fully co-educational school in 1991.
Meynell is located centrally within the King’s College grounds, being part of the same building as science, history and geography. As a modern building it has wide, long corridors but the décor enables it to feel warm and welcoming. It has two common rooms available for the girls to get together with their friends from other houses and chat, eat, watch movies or play on the Wii. There is also a house common room with Sky TV and Xbox and doors which lead out into an outside seating area with a table tennis table and space for summer BBQs. Therefore there are plenty of spaces for the girls to relax and watch TV or DVDs as well as kitchens which can be used for making drinks and snacks, and forays into cake baking are actively encouraged. All boarders in the junior years have a bed in a shared dorm with other girls in their year. Both day girls and boarders have a desk in a shared study downstairs. In the sixth form, most girls have a single study bedroom but there are also a few shared rooms available.
We try to organise a range of activities for the girls to both relax and get to know each other better. A trip to see “Sister Act” at the Bristol Hippodrome with the other girls houses was very successful but an afternoon of paintballing was enjoyed by all and the annual ‘Yule Ball’ is an event organised by the senior girls. There are also opportunities to visit the cinema and to go shopping etc. As well as ‘off-site’ activities, chilling out with pizzas, chocolate and a film is an attractive proposition for weekend evenings, as a way of relaxing after a busy week!
The House supports a number of charities each year. Last year the girls supported Taunton Association for the Homeless and by buying items as Christmas presents. Over the past few years we have raised over £3,000 by organising a “Silent Disco”, an ice cream stand and a “sleep out”, the money being donated to various national and local charities, including the British Heart Foundation, The MS Society, Macmillan Cancer Care and The Alzheimer’s Society”.
Lisa Cashmore lives in the Housemistress accommodation adjacent to the boarding house. Having been at King’s College for nine years and attached to Meynell for the past six years, she took on the role as Housemistress in September 2015. Lisa is married to James and they have two teenage sons who are pupils at King’s. They also have a black and white cat called Molly, and they are looking forward to welcoming a new puppy in to the family in the autumn. Lisa wants to build on the strengths of Meynell as a vibrant community, by bringing her approachable and caring touch to the house.
Born and schooled in Devon, Katie is a PE teacher, with a passion for strength and conditioning. She is an important point of contact if you need to see a member of staff or would like to talk.
Assistants and House Matron
Mrs Caroline Condy – History teacher and Fourth Form tutor
Mrs Sara Similien – Co-Director of Sport. Sara is a tutor to the Fifth Form girls and she is also on House duty one evening a week.
Mrs Wendy Grant – Maths teacher and Fourth Form tutor
The house would not run without Marrion Hancock, the house matron. She has been with the house for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about Meynell! She has a genuine love of the house and the girls enjoy chatting with ‘Maz’, even if she does have to nag them to keep their rooms tidy and do their washing up! Marrion is assisted by a team of cleaners who work tirelessly to keep Meynell looking clean and tidy. Marrion is also on duty in House one night per week.