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MICHELL

MICHELL OVERVIEW

“A home away from home where young women are encouraged to become responsible and independent thinkers who will make a meaningful difference in the world around them.”

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. There are extensive and exclusive gardens, comfortable sits and a dining area where the Sixth Form are provided with breakfast and evening meals, Monday to Friday. Students may also choose to cook for themselves in the large kitchen, overlooking the gardens. Our staff are here to help you as you prepare for the next stage of your life-long journey.

“Girls are encouraged to gain life skills in the house and regularly cook and eat meals together.”

There are three different lounge areas in Michell House: The Quiet Sit, The Snug and The Big Sit where the whole house congregates for daily 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 as individual as snowflakes, and they all 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.”

One of the loveliest things about living in Michell is the relationship between the staff and girls. The Housemistress and her family are at the heart of Michell, as well as the Deputy Housemistress, the Matron and the Graduate Assistant. 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 a warm smile and chocolate on hand.”

Michell offers a number of events and activities each year, which not only welcome the Junior Houses and help them get to know the Upper Sixth but are also exclusive to the Upper Sixth. These include baking with the Prefects, Halloween Celebrations, Thanksgiving Festivities, Gingerbread House Decorating Competitions among many others.

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 with the permission of the Housemistress or Deputy Housemistress. At the weekends, students often meet up with friends in Reading and London, and 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”


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN U6 DAY STUDENT

A day in the life of a Michell girl is always diverse, from getting to school and lining the hallways as a Prefect for assembly, to sitting down for tea and cake at the end of a busy day. Situated slightly away from the rest of the school, the independence this affords us means that we feel a lot more respected as Upper Sixth, and I really enjoy being able to have my own space in house. After school, I can take part in drama, choir, and other activities, and we have a great community in Michell where you can talk to any of the staff if you have any problems or worries; everyone takes a real interest in how you are doing. We are so well supported by the school and it is lovely to have the younger girls up to visit the house to get to know them better. There are so many opportunities here, and I wouldn’t have been able to do half the things I have done if I had not come to Queen Anne’s. I couldn’t recommend it more.”

Olivia (U6 student in Michell House)

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN U6 DAY STUDENT

“My week begins at 7:45am in the Space, where I meet with the SMT along with the other Head Girls, to discuss what has been achieved over the past week and what to expect for the week ahead. For the rest of the week I arrive at Michell around 7:40am and head up to my room to pack my bag for the day. After doing this, I make my way down the field to main school with the rest of the prefect team, in order to line the corridors ready for morning assembly. Next, lessons begin or if I have a study period, depending on how long it is, I will work independently in the Space or up in Michell. I thoroughly enjoy this part of sixth form – having the independence to work independently and at my own accord. By the time lunch arrives, I’m usually starving and in much need of a break. The new Café 6 offers a great place to sit and have a chat with your friends over lunch. Lessons begin again at 1:30pm and end at 4:15pm but the work doesn’t stop there. On a Monday after school, I dedicate an hour of my time to doing homework with refugee children from the local area. This is an incredibly rewarding experience and makes me even more grateful for the privileged upbringing that I have been so lucky to have. Not only does my week consist of a huge amount of academic work but I also have to juggle my commitments to make time for rowing. Rowing sessions on the water take place on a Monday and Saturday afternoon, with training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. I think it’s fair to say that my week is pretty full on! However; I have really enjoyed my time in U6 so far, despite the challenges it brings, and I look forward to completing the rest of the year.”

Britta (U6 Student in Michell House)



THE HOUSE

Housemistress: Mrs Tuckwell
Deputy Housemistress: Miss Swindells
Matron: Mrs Crouch and Mrs Wood
Graduate Assistant: Miss McCreedy

Contact details:
0118 918 7362
michell@qas.org.uk

Michell House
22 Derby Road
Caversham
Reading
RG4 5EU

SIXTH FORM TUTORS

Mr Godfrey
Mr Grose-Hodge
Miss McCuish
Mrs Norris
Miss Rutherford
Dr Smith
Mr Tuckwell