“Whisper the dog is a slice of home when he greets you.” Alice Engbers, Day girl
Michell is a boarding and day House for Upper Sixth Form students. The House is situated at the top of the school site, enabling the girls to enjoy privacy away from the main school, extensive and exclusive gardens and a fun, friendly atmosphere. There is a dining room where the Sixth Form are provided with breakfast and supper every day. Students may choose to cook for themselves in the large kitchen, overlooking the garden.
“Wok night really brings all the boarders together.” Georgie Blumsom, Boarder
Housemistress: Mrs Helen Rich
Housemaster: Mr Mark Rich
Whisper – Hearing Dog Puppy
“Our house parents are hilarious but supportive of the stresses of Upper Sixth Life.” Tiajna Izekor-Amayo, Boarder
Deputy: Mrs Beardsley
Pastoral Assistant: Mrs Bruun
Pastoral Assistant: Mrs Lewis
GAP: Miss Kelsey Seers
Michell has recently been refurbished. There are three different lounge areas, the quiet one, the cosy one, and the big one; the latter is where the whole house joins for house meetings.
Boarders and day girls enjoy the house together. Each boarder has her own room, though some girls choose to share with a day girl. The rooms themselves are spacious, warm and have wireless internet. Every girl has her own space, and can choose to work in a bedroom or in one of the quiet study rooms.
“The old house is cosy and creates a family environment.” Nickie Osborne, Day girl
One of the nicest things about living in Michell is the relationship between the staff and girls. The house parents and their family are at the heart of Michell, as well as the deputy house mistress, and the two Gaps. There is always someone to say ‘hello’ to on entering the house, and the staff are always more than willing to help.
“The house staff always have open arms, a warm smile and chocolate at hand.”, Nilofar Samadi, Head girl
Michell offers a number of events and activities each year which are open exclusively to the Upper Sixth Form. These include dinner parties with the Oratory, wine-tasting, barbeques, film nights and an evening boat cruise on the Thames. Furthermore, Mr and Mrs Rich invite each girl to an informal drinks party with a few friends.
“Choc and chat can be very entertaining.” Annabelle Akintoye, Deputy Head girl
Michell is a flexible house, and very much a ‘bridge to university.’ Students are able to enjoy an increased sense of independence when joining the Upper Sixth. Girls may go into Caversham at lunch time, and are able to visit Reading to shop or see a film after school on Wednesdays. At the weekends, students often meet up with friends in Reading and London. Visitors are always welcome. Whether girls want to work quietly, relax, or laugh with their friends, Michell caters for all the girls’ needs in a spacious, friendly environment.
“I feel safe and well looked after in the house.” Katie Chorley, Deputy Head Girl
Contact the House
T: 0118 918 7362