Reader Harris opened in 2003, its buildings having been fully refurbished and adapted for contemporary boarding life. The 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.
With tennis courts right outside our front door, our girls take advantage of these throughout the year. 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 weekly house meetings and two newly decorated common rooms for duvet, popcorn and film nights! The house is very well appointed for work and study times too. 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.
Houseparents - Mr Jon and Mrs Suse Hammond
Jon and Suse Hammond run the largest mixed age house in the school together with their little boy Noah who is four and baby sister Fern, born in Spring 2015. Jon teaches English and Sport, while Suse teaches RS, ICT and Sport. This is the Hammonds’ fourth 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 matron is Davina Knobbs, and Caroline Wharfe covers her role on Thursdays. 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 Emily Hobson are our resident house tutors making them invaluable during the evenings and over breakfast as well as at weekends. Jessie and Emily both work in the learning support team. Catrin Morgan, who is a Music teacher is our assistant housemistress and provides a great support to our team. Siobhan Jones, Head of Classics, and Andy Moore, Maths teacher, 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?
Being a large house means that we compete at a high level in almost all the house competitions and we have a strong sense of camaraderie which occasionally spills over into a friendly competitiveness! We have won the overall inter-house sports days for the past three years running and we are proud of all our house trophies on display in our drawing room for age group tennis, lacrosse and hockey tournaments. We are not ‘just a sporty’ house; our girls performed outstandingly in last year’s house drama, winning the overall group performance as well as two special awards for our two leading actresses.
- House colour - Jade
- House Motto - Quo modo tibi sic alis - 'Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself'
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