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Sherborne Girls opens 'new' boarding house

Published Monday 14th of July 2014 10:57:42 AM

A special plaque was unveiled at Sherborne Girls during Commemoration Week to celebrate the refurbishment of one of the school boarding houses.

Kenelm boarding house was originally located 'over' the road' from the main school and adjacent to the boarding house Aldhelmsted East in Bradford Road. It opened in 1928 and was named after the School founder, Mr Kenelm Wingfield Digby.

When a new boarding house for the Year 7s and 8s of Aldhelmsted West opened last summer, the original house was left vacant and ready for refurbishment. Under a year later, 55 girls, three members of staff and Milo the dog moved across the road from 'old' Kenelm into the refurbished building vacated by the 11 to 13 year olds and Kenelm girls have been settling in for the last few months. The house has been carefully renovated keeping many of its much-loved period features, which date back to 1903. Spacious study bedrooms have been created for the Lower Sixth and the younger girls are now living in bright and airy three and four bed dorms.

The unveiling was conducted by renowned historian The Reverend Professor Judith Brown FRHistS, a Kenelm girl herself from 1957 until 1961 who went onto study at Girton College, Cambridge and is now a Professor at Oxford. She has remained very involved with the School since her studies and is currently a Governor. She welcomed parents, pupils and staff to the event and went on to share some of her memories of boarding life at Sherborne Girls in the late 1950s, concluding her speech with: 'Floreat domus which the classicists among you will know means - may this house flourish.'

Professor Brown thanked Kenelm's Housemistress Kathy Pinsent for all her work in supporting the girls as they moved mid-term, as well as Brian Watts the architect, CG Fry the building contractors and Sarah Lyle the interior designer. She was presented with flowers by the two departing Heads of House Alice Storrie and Isabelle Stone, who took the opportunity to welcome the new Heads of House Grace Longman and Mairi Galbraith.

Pictured are Prof Brown (second left) and Kathy Pinsent (third left) with the departing and incoming Heads of House.


Kenelm is one of five mixed age house accommodating 13 to 17 year olds at Sherborne Girls, in addition to a junior boarding house for 11 to 13 year olds and a house for Upper Sixth girls. There are nearly 450 girls at the School 90% of whom are boarders.

The girls of Kenelm were recently selected by Tatler magazine to feature in photo shoot with acclaimed Royal wedding photographer Hugo Bernand. The photos feature the girls in the beautiful gardens of Kenelm and are under tight wraps until the publication is released in the Autumn.
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