Welcome to Reader Harris. Our house, created by amalgamating Thurstan and Ealhstan houses, is named after Dame Diana Reader Harris who was a former headmistress of the school. It is home to approximately 80 girls, which is around 20 girls in each year group. We are the last house on campus on the ‘town-side’ of school, so are five minutes’ walk from Sherborne and we are immediately opposite the art and music blocks, which is hugely appreciated by all our art and music scholars and performers.
We have a lovely garden for croquet, table tennis or just relaxing - perfect for hosting barbecues and picnics for our parents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, and grandparents (very much considered to be a part of the Reader Harris extended family) or just meeting up informally with friends from other houses.
We also have a wonderful drawing room which we use for everything from daily house meetings to champagne receptions to pj film nights. In addition, we have a fun, brightly decorated common room which doubles as a study space during the day to a chill-out zone at night! The house is very well appointed for work and study times. We have a lovely library and each of the girls’ rooms has a work station. Our house dining room is a popular working space during prep times and the house office is a great place to access computers, colour printers and support from academic staff who cover almost all teaching departments!
Houseparents - Mr Jon and Mrs Suse Hammond
Jon and Suse Hammond run the largest mixed age house in the school together with their children Noah and Fern. Jon teaches Latin, English, and Sport, while Suse teaches RS and Sport. This is the Hammonds’ fifth year in Reader Harris, having previously run a girls’ boarding house for eight years at Mount House School in Devon.
Other staff in Reader Harris
Our house matrons are Davina Knobbs and Donna Read. The girls will come down to the house office to see the matrons about anything - from lost jumpers to ordering train tickets or just for a cup of tea and a chat. In the evening, this support continues as either the Hammonds or one of our tutors are on duty until late at night to supervise prep, help with settling in for the evening routine and being around to talk to generally just as you would talk to mum, dad or older siblings before bedtime at home.
Jessie Clarke and Rachel Dinsdale are our resident house tutors making them invaluable during the evenings and over breakfast as well as at weekends. Jessie is a trainee teacher of Chemistry and Rachel is a Maths teacher. Siobhan Jones, Head of Classics, and Andy Moore, Maths teacher, are also closely linked with Reader Harris in that they each provide one night on duty every week and some weekend duties.
What makes Reader Harris special to the girls?
Reader Harris is a family. We look out for each other up at school, cheer each other on in matches, concerts, and competitions. At the end of the day, we love nothing more than to come home to our RH sisters, get in our pjs and enjoy a catch up over hot chocolate or snuggle up with a film in the Galley common room.
- House colour - Jade
- House Motto - Quo modo tibi sic alis - 'Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself'
For any queries relating to boarding house admissions, please email Admissions or call 01935 818224