Above: The Norris House Team
Norris is located in the main school building with spectacular views over the terrace and parkland. It is named after Admiral Sir John Norris, who bought the main house in 1702. The dorms for the younger Norris girls are located in the original house's beautiful, period rooms whilst older girls benefit from purpose-built double study bedrooms. There is plenty of space for relaxation and socialising as Norris has two house studies and two kitchens. The bright, cosy and homely decor complements the atmosphere in the boarding house, which brims with friendliness and warmth.
Mr Matthew Gossage joined Benenden from Homewood School in Tenterden in September 2010. Previous to coming to Benenden he was heavily involved in the mentoring of novice teachers, having learned the craft from the first National Director of Teach First and he was also involved in training and supporting other teacher-mentors.
Since being at Benenden Matt has spent nearly four years as Deputy Housemaster in Limes as well as three years as Scholars’ Mentor. He has taught Maths and Further Maths throughout his career as well as a little bit of ICT. Matt read Mathematics, Statistics and Computing at undergraduate level and has since gained a PGCE and an MA in Education.
In his free time Matt loves all things guitar. He plays anything from folk music, jazz, blues and rock. He also loves to go mountain biking whenever he can. Also in residence is his wife Rebecca, a Biology Teacher at St. Ronan’s Prep School, and their children Freddie and Maddie.
Mr Richard de Wet joined Norris in January 2015, and has been at Benenden for two years as an Exercise and Fitness Trainer in the PE department where he teaches a range of lessons from Indoor Cycling to Kettlebell Training.
Richard has a passion for sport, fitness and relishes all aspects of an active lifestyle and will bring this enthusiasm into Norris. It would not be unusual for members of the school to find him out on a morning run to get the day started.
Mrs Sarah Barnes has been the Resident Matron for Norris since joining us in September 2008. Mrs B is a friendly, calm and stalwart presence in the life of all those in Norris.
Mrs Stacey Large is a warm, caring and approachable Day Matron who also works with the girls on the Weekend Programme. Mrs Nicole Seakens is our Evening Matron and the girls always appreciate her positive and enthusiastic manner when she is on duty.
Mrs Kate Sage is Norris' Saturday Assistant. The House team is very well assisted by a Graduate Assistant.