Above: The Guldeford House Team
Guldeford House is one of the three original Houses at the School, named after the Guldeford family, who owned the estate from 1388 to 1702, and who hosted the three day visit of Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1573. More recently, Princess Anne has been a former Guldeford Head of House. Guldeford moved from the Main Building to a purpose-built boarding house in 1985. Guldeford may look like any other functional, purpose-built boarding house, but once you walk through the front door, the real ethos and vibrancy of the House becomes apparent. Whether you are sporty, dramatic, musical, academic, or a combination of all these, you will find in Guldeford like-minded spirits with whom you can share your passions. The tight-knit House team are committed to girls developing three characteristics: kindness; ambition; and the motivation to embrace opportunity and achieve their dreams - whatever they may be.
Housemistress: Miss Rachel Johns came to Benenden in 2014. Previously an Army Officer, Miss Johns focused on the coaching and development of young aspiring soldiers. She now teaches Psychology and is the newly formed Combined Cadet Force Contingent Commander. Rachel lives in the Housemistresses flat adjacent to the boarding house with her partner and four-legged furry friend, Alfie.
Deputy Housemistress: Ms Liz Vernon has worked as a member of the Drama Department since 2002, teaching LAMDA Acting and Trinity Performance Arts. Liz worked as acting DHm in Norris for a year and was delighted when a permanent opportunity came up in Guldeford House. She has two grown-up sons who live and work in London. Ms Vernon lives on site with her partner David ‘Welly’ Wellman, daughter Flo, and Squirrel the Labrador.
Matrons: Mrs Gaie Loftie had been Day Matron since September 2013 and became our Resident Matron in 2015. Ms Gin Almond joined Benenden in September 2006 and is our Day Matron. Mrs Zena Bawden is our Evening Matron. Mrs Rebecca Fullager is Guldeford's Saturday Assistant. The team are committed to the wellbeing and happy and healthy development of the girls and work closely together to ensure a true team spirit and effective overlap.