Durham

Senior Girls aged 14 to 18 years.

Welcome to one of the oldest boarding houses at Kingham Hill which was built by our School Founder, Charles Edward Baring Young in 1886. I am Bethia Stevenson-Paul and I am the Houseparent for Durham and The Lodge and live in the house attached (to Durham) with my husband Jonathan, our two boys (Fynn and Rowan) and our dog Kibo. I joined Kingham Hill in 2016 and previously worked as a Geography teacher for ten years and an Assistant Housemistress for one year before deciding to become a Houseparent full time.

The house staff team is made up of Cheryl Marshall-Sheppard (Deputy Houseparent), Katie Rutherford (Pastoral Assistant), Jonathan Stevenson-Paul (Assistant Houseparent) and three tutors. We are a small house and usually have around 16 - 20 girls. We are also attached to The Lodge which is where our Upper Sixth students live with Lodge Warden, Bethan Rayner.

We know that it can be a big deal leaving home to come and share life in a boarding house and we believe that a family setting is the best environment for students to grow and thrive in. We continually strive to make Durham/Lodge feel like home and to build relationships that feel like 'family'. It's important that each girl is known and cared for individually. It's important to us that Durham doesn't feel like an extension of school but is a place to relax and be nurtured and encouraged to thrive.

We have ‘in house’ nights every Tuesday where we participate in a variety of activities. The girls contribute to organising those evenings which is a great way of feeling part of the house.

In addition to house nights we have group trips out on Saturdays. It's really healthy to get off site and have a change of scene and again, we try to organise trips that the girls request.

The Lodge is a short walk away and the girls have their independence and their own space but we work hard to secure them into the Durham community as well.

We look forward to welcoming you to Durham/Lodge.

Houseparent: Bethia Stevenson-Paul

Deputy Houseparent: Cheryl Marshall-Sheppard

House Assistant: Jonathan Stevenson-Paul

Pastoral Assistant: Katie Rutherford

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