WELCOME TO VICTORIA HOUSE
“Be victorious in all that you do”
Victoria House is one of five girls’ Houses at Gordon’s School. Three of the Houses, Victoria, China and Kensington, are for day boarding students only, whilst Augusta and Windsor are home to a mixture of day and residential girls. There are also five boys’ Houses at Gordon’s, Balmoral, Buckingham, Gravesend, Khartoum and Sandringham.
Victoria House is the newest of the houses and opened in September 2016. It is named after Queen Victoria who thought very highly of General Gordon. Queen Victoria, took the lead in demanding a fitting National Memorial be created in General Gordon’s honour, so in some respects we have her to thank for the school. The building was previously The McQuillen Sixth Form Centre, but has undergone a radical revamp resulting in a warm, bright and welcoming space. The House now comprises a spacious changing room complete with toilets and showers, four common rooms fitted with TVs and Wii consoles, four ample-sized study rooms for our Sixth Formers to study during the day, as well as a kitchen. The building was officially opened by the High Sheriff of Surrey on 13th October 2016.
The girls were able to make lots of decisions about colours of the furnishings and take pride in their surroundings. Our House colour, as chosen by the girls, is fuchsia and this is highlighted in some rooms as well as reflected in our sports kit, House badges and water bottles.
Victoria House has grown substantially in numbers since our opening and we now have approximately 75 students, in Years 7-13 inclusive. The students are supervised by a team of staff led by Ms Maslen who is supported by a team of House Tutors. We work in partnership with parents and guardians and ensure that the student’s wellbeing and best interests are in the centre of all that we do. Parents can easily contact staff throughout the working day to discuss any worries or concerns they might have.
The ethos of Victoria House is one of respect and kindness. This is evident in the way the girls have stepped up to support one another in Inter-House events as well as the ceremonial part of the School. Every Victoria girl has a purpose within the House and their individual talents are celebrated.
There is a strong sense of loyalty and identity within the House and this is evidenced by the desire to represent the House in Inter-House competitions. These occur throughout the school year and include; debating, tug of war, baking, art, drama, music as well as Sport’s events and the annual Longmoor/Drill competition which the whole House participates in. We also have House Parties, movie nights and House Trips which students’ report are some of the highlights of their year.
Character education is a strong feature of Gordon’s life, where students are expected to understand and reflect upon the five character traits of Courtesy, Integrity, Diligence, Enthusiasm and Resilience. We have a large circular rainbow painted wall just inside the entrance of Victoria House which reflects this. This character development, alongside the holistic pastoral and academic support from House staff and teachers, helps to develop our students to be well-rounded and resilient individuals who are better placed to deal with the various challenges throughout their Gordon’s career in a safe environment where each individual is valued.
We very much look forward to welcoming all our new students in September. During those early and often daunting days, as new pupils make the transition to a bigger school and a completely different change of routine, the House team will be on hand to help, guide and support them in any way that they can.
For a tour of the House, please see this video.
Head of House Contact Details:
Deputy Head of House: Mrs D Heathcote
House Tutors: Miss A Tarsey, Miss L Birch, Miss R Duffin
Associate House Tutor: Miss :L Hampshire-Dell
student Positions of Responsibility
House Captain: Katie Beet
House Sergeant: Anna Rakoczi
Right Hand Marker: Albany Ogunbufunmi
Student Head of House: Zoe Davis
Student Deputy Head of House: Amy Hannam
Student Governor: Katherine Green
Senior Prefects: Rhoda Ehigie, Inaara Oliver, Alex Currant, Katherine Green, Dalya Abdali
Inter-House Sports Captains: Zoe Davis, Kathryn Beckett, Lauren Mallindine
Sports Prefect: Libby Tilbrook & Kathryn Beckett
Inter-House Arts Captains: Kathryn Gooch and Leah Stead
Arts Prefects: Kathryn Gooch & Albany Ogunbufunmi
Peer Mentors: Millie Johnson & Joanna Hay
Boarders Council Members: Zoe Davis and Millie Johnson