Berkhamsted Girls School have created a seventh house, paving the way for 41 pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 to take up residency from September.

Named after Marjory Stephenson, MBE, FRS (1885-1948), Stephenson House pays tribute to the first Berkhamsted Girl to study at Cambridge University, where she read natural sciences.  Marjory combated attitudes of the time to women in higher education and completed her degree before establishing herself as a renowned biochemist and researcher. She became one of the first women to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Full House and home improvements

The Senior School house system provides pastoral support and academic guidance for every pupil Made up of pupils from different year groups, the Houses are the centre of pupils’ lives, giving a sense of belonging and encouraging self-confidence.

The expansion will reduce the number of girls in each house and in turn build upon the excellent support available for all pupils from Year 7 to 11.
Similarly, Berkhamsted Boys benefits from a supportive and friendly pastoral system among pupils and staff in each of the eight houses.

Personnel and practicalities

Mrs Alison Murray, has been appointed as Head of Stephenson House in addition to her role as Geography teacher.  Mrs Murray will be supported by Deputy Head of House Mrs Julie Neill, and five House Tutors.
Emma Savage is appointment as House Captain and the Deputy House Captains are Isabelle Warburton and Anastasia Fage in Year 11.

Mrs Murray said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to establish a new House at Kings. Marjory Stephenson embodied the School’s values and will be a great inspiration to the girls in the House.”

The new House Room will be in the space currently used by Sixth Form pupils to work and relax when they are at the Kings Campus.  The rooms will be converted and equipped throughout the Summer holidays. An alternative room will be made available at Kings Campus for Sixth Form students.