Girls’ Boarding House for Years 9-13
Dale House was the original ‘School House’ and the first boarding house at the school. The House was renamed after Nobel Laureate and Old Leysian, Sir Henry Hallett Dale, who was a boarder here between 1891-94.
- Housemistress: Mrs Catharine Earl
- Assistant Housemistress: Miss Clare Mahon
- Matron: Mrs Amanda Savage
This is a relaxed and happy house. The girls are very sociable and take pride in creating a wonderful house spirit. Warmth and friendliness springs to mind, alongside the noise, chatter and singing. Dale takes pride in the different talents of its residents and there are numerous academic, art, music and sports scholars within the walls. The girls participate fully in the life of the school. We nurture and develop the all-round enthusiastic, high spirited girl in conjunction with the quiet, scholarly, gentle and placid young lady. Altogether they are a close-knit set of girls.
Dale is like a second home. In Year 9 all the boarders are in one dorm together which encourages the girls to get to know everyone in their year. The 10s are in triple rooms and the 11s and L6 work and live together in pairs. The U6 have the privilege of a single study bedroom.
When the new Year 9s join in September they are matched up with a ‘Big Sister’, a girl in the Sixth Form who is there to help them settle in and act as a mentor during their time at the house. This is a partnership and bond that is very special, based on mutual respect, trust and openness. They choose each other because they have connected, or have similar interests, family connections or nationalities. The aim is to provide an opportunity for the development and growth of the new Year 9s socially, morally and emotionally. To allow the girls to gain a sense of belonging and feel welcomed within a large boarding house and above all, raise self-esteem.
Mrs Earl is a Maths teacher and can be contacted by e-mail or on 01223 508956.