Guldeford

I think I’ve settled in really quickly. I love my dorm, which I share with my new friends.

Above: The Guldeford House Team

Guldeford House is one of the three original Houses at the School, named after the Guldeford family, who owned the estate from 1388 to 1702, and who hosted the three day visit of Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1573. More recently, Princess Anne has been a former Guldeford Head of House. Guldeford moved from the Main Building to a purpose-built boarding house in 1985. Guldeford may look like any other functional, purpose-built boarding house, but once you walk through the front door, the real ethos and vibrancy of the House becomes apparent. Whether you are sporty, dramatic, musical, academic, or a combination of all these, you will find in Guldeford like-minded spirits with whom you can share your passions. The tight-knit House team are committed to girls developing three characteristics: kindness; ambition; and the motivation to embrace opportunity and achieve their dreams - whatever they may be.

Housemistress: Miss Rachel Johns came to Benenden in 2014. Previously an Army Officer, Miss Johns focused on the coaching and development of young aspiring soldiers. She now teaches Psychology and is the newly formed Combined Cadet Force Contingent Commander. Rachel lives in the Housemistresses flat adjacent to the boarding house with her partner and four-legged furry friend, Alfie.

Deputy Housemistress: Mr. Alexi Chéneau-Château graduated from Rennes University with a B.A. majoring in English Literature and Civilisation and French as a Second Language. He has worked in England since September 2015 in schools in Yorkshire and Norfolk as a French Language Assistant. He joined the French Department at Benenden in September 2017 as a Language Assistant and he will be training for his Qualified Teacher Status next year. During his free time, he enjoys exploring the countryside, visiting antique shops and playing badminton.​

Matrons: Mrs Gaie Loftie had been Day Matron since September 2013 and became our Resident Matron in 2015. Ms Gin Almond joined Benenden in September 2006 and is our Day Matron. Mrs Zena Bawden is our Evening Matron. The team are committed to the wellbeing and happy and healthy development of the girls and work closely together to ensure a true team spirit and effective overlap.