Gosden is the oldest of the girls’ houses and has spacious accommodation for around 60 girls. We have two large common rooms which are the social hubs of the house. In the main common room we have a weekly assembly which gathers all the girls together helping to enhance the house spirit and shared friendliness of all the girls in and between year groups. We also have a large newly refurbished communal kitchen which is always busy as many of the girls like to cook or bake together. The girls quickly feel part of the house and whether day, full boarding or somewhere in between they are very much part of the fabric of Gosden.
We operate a ‘family tree’ system in the house of vertical years’ groups. This enables each girl to ask questions of and get to know older girls who have experienced life in their year and can provide first hand advice. The house sister network is overseen by a senior Upper Sixth girl who is able to role-model the character, behaviour and values that help to foster self-esteem, resilience and success.
The supportive atmosphere of the house helps everyone settle in and make new friends and all new girls have a house 'buddy'; one particular girl who is there to look out and support them in those crucial first few weeks and beyond. Our Head of House Holly and Deputies Emma and Izzy set a fantastic example of the caring, happy and hardworking character we like to see in all the girls.
We have a highly experienced and well-loved staff team who work hard to make sure all the girls enjoy their time at LWC. Our matrons Jo and Emma have looked after hundreds of girls who have been part of Gosden over the years. They get to know each girl exceptionally well and provide a listening ear, medical help and see to all the domestic needs of the girls.
Every girls has a staff tutor that predominantly oversees their academic life but they also know the girls well and support them in any way they can. Girls in the 3-5th Form see their tutor nearly every day and one night a week in the house. The Sixth Form have a slightly different arrangement but all the girls get to know our 6 tutors very well. One of which, Rosana, is the resident and living in the house she is a very visible presence helping with duties and activities during the week. Friday nights are always great fun as we put on events which all the girls are welcome to and actively encouraged to attend.
Kay Price is the Housemistress and heads up the Gosden team. She has been living and teaching in boarding schools for seven years and is here to oversee the progress (academically and pastorally) of each girl during her time at LWC. Her open door policy encourages the girls to develop the positive and healthy habit of popping in and chatting about their day or talking about anything that might be on their mind. Kay is usually the first-port-of-call for parents/guardians and she keenly encourages families to be involved in school/house life. The house is a school family and the best outcomes are achieved when there is an open and supportive relationship between us all. Living with and supporting the girls to achieve their aspirations is a huge privilege.
It is difficult to describe the atmosphere of a house but we warmly welcome visitors to experience all that Gosden has to offer