Being part of Taylor house usually means you are always on the go! Our girls work hard academically, strive for sporting prowess and stand out musically. Everyone has something to offer, be it academia, sport, music, drama, friendship or even a kind and supportive ear; one is no more important than the other. We are proud to have a number of scholars from every discipline, and engender a fierce (but healthy!) competitive appetite when it comes to house competitions, be it debating, general knowledge, hockey or swimming. The day girls play an equal part in the house, often staying for prep and board regularly.
It is our intention, along with the house staff, to make Taylor a friendly and happy house in which to live and learn, where fun, laughter and friendships are at the forefront of the girls' personal development. We are here to help the girls in our care to express themselves and fulfil their potential in whichever fields their interests lie. It is important that we all take pride in ourselves and in the relationships we have with one another; we are owed respect, but have to earn trust. By doing so we can make Taylor a place where everyone can study in peace and relax in comfort.
Taylor house was established in 1997 when the number of girls in the school exceeded the capacity for Carpenter and Meynell. It was named after Prebendary Philip Taylor, (Chaplain and Headmaster 1920s / 1930s), whose great-great-niece is a current member of our 4th form. This past year we have updated and renovated some of our accommodation, and we now have three kitchens and four common rooms as well as the usual studies and bedrooms. Originally the school sanatorium, Taylor house girls are able to boast a sink in every bedroom!
Taylor is situated on the edge of the main building at King’s. Our strong house system provides the best possible academic monitoring and pastoral care. Girls create deep bonds of friendship in this small boarding house. There are three common rooms and several small kitchens along with a house tuck shop which opens daily. Girls often have plenty of visitors in the downstairs common room, whilst the upstairs common room remains a more private area for Taylor girls. Junior and Senior girls share rooms and all girls in the Upper Sixth usually have a room of their own. All girls in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms have a study area on the ground floor. The close proximity of these study areas to the house office ensures all girls are fully supported during evening prep. All day girls in the sixth form also have their own designated study area whilst all sixth form boarders have a desk area in their own rooms.
House trips will include a variety of visits. Very often weekend trips are ad hoc such as visiting restaurants in the local area. Mrs Edwards encourages girls to host their own informal dinner parties and barbequing, as often as the weather permits, is a must! Regular cinema trips take place on Sundays and activities further afield suggested by the girls will take place regularly. Of course, we all know how girls enjoy duvet days on Sunday’s watching a good film and this is never overlooked!
Mrs Emma Edwards is the housemistress (starting in September 2015) in Taylor house and lives in Hareston, about 500 yards from Taylor on the school site. She lives there with her husband Andrew (Head of Geography) and their two children, Archie (8) and Hattie (4) who attend King’s Hall School. The Edwards also have a friendly cairn terrier called Puddles.
Emma has had 15 years of experience in a boarding school and has been a housemistress before. She also teaches music and is Head of Riding. Emma would like all the girls to feel able to come and see her about anything. The kettle is always on!
Miss Emma Forward is the deputy housemistress and lives in Taylor House just above the Third Form dorms. She is also an English teacher and a Fourth Form tutor this year.
Assistants and House Matron
Dr Rebecca Stone (Third Form)
Emma Forward (Fourth Form)
Enca Marza (Fourth Form)
Clare Schmidt (Fifth Form)
Kirsty Davies (Fifth Form)
Mrs Julie Gillingham is our house matron. She wakes the girls up in the mornings, checks they're keeping their areas tidy, makes sure beds are changed on the right day, and is also a friendly ear if a chat is needed.
This year's Taylor house captain, Darcey Lindsay-Smith, has been a King's boarder since joining in the Third Form. Coming from a military family she lived in America when she joined, but now lives in Salisbury. Darcey has three younger brothers; two of these are also pupils at King's. Her fun loving and sociable nature will help shape an all-inclusive approach to house events and continue to make it a fun place to live.