Fencing and Garden House School

Fencing has always been an integral part of life at Garden House, and in recent weeks several current and ex Garden House students have done exceptionally well, both at the Landsdowne Cup and at the Newham series tournament.

It is the first time Garden House has used the ballroom for the annual Garden House match, which has been held at the Lansdowne for nearly 40 years now.

Special mentions must go to Trinity deLucy Mckeeve and Cordelia Yanicelli.  Ex-Garden House girls, Katie Castillo Bernaus, Iyla Flanagan, Defne Basak and Sloane Yanicelli’s have also all done very well.  Trinity has already won 2 medals competing in the Under 12 category.

Well done to everyone involved!

GHS Inaugural Alumni Summer Party

Garden House School invites our old girls and old boys from years 7, 8 and 9 to our inaugural Alumni Summer Party.

Please join your former teachers, old friends and sports staff for summer games, drinks and a picnic at the Battersea Park Cricket Pavilion on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

Please RSVP by Monday 12th June to RWilliams@gardenhouseschool.co.uk

5.30 to 7.30

Nearest Gate - Albert Bridge - Please bring a picnic rug!

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Francis Holland (NW1) Annual prize giving

Francis Holland (NW1) held their annual prize giving at Cadogan Hall, which is an important occasion in the Francis Holland, Regents Park calendar. 

GHS old girl, Annie Appen, who is in Year 13 at Francis Holland NW1, received the Addinall Prize for independent thinking and the Heather Bristocke Senior Classics Prize for excellence in Latin or Greek.  On behalf of GHS, well done Annie!

Garden House girls move to the next stage

Garden House girls move to the next stage on leaving Downe House and St George’s Ascot

The batch of Garden House girls who left us in 2009 and attended Downe House are on their way to study at great institutions of further learning after superb A Level and Pre-U results. Poppy Wilson is going to Bristol University, Lara Wiggin is going to Edinburgh University and Isabella Dubens is going to NYU.

Lottie Hughes a classmate of Poppy, Lara and Isabella excelled in her A Levels at St George’s Ascot to such an extent, she is eschewing her place at Newcastle University and is making fresh applications due to her excellent grades.

Sporting ace goes from strength to strength

Maddy Long left Garden House in summer 2015 and is already showing talent on the Sports Fields of Cheltenham Ladies College.

In face of stiff competition from 150 girls in each year, she has been selected for the Lacrosse Team, the Swim Team, the Rounders team and the Athletics Team. 

Unsurprisingly, she was awarded the Most Improved Sportsperson for her year!  Maddy has also taken part is a sports tour of Guernsey, where she was one of just eight from her year to be chosen to compete in Rounders tournaments and Swim Galas.

In addition to Maddy’s sporting prowess, she plans to study economics at university in the USA.  

Garden House old girls shine bright at Francis Holland SW1

Miss Faber had every reason to be proud of her old girls when she attended the annual Francis Holland SW1 Prize-Giving held on 20 September 2016 at Cadogan Hall.

Our recent leavers covered themselves in glory with an excellent first year at Francis Holland. 

Katie Castillo-Bernaus ran off with both the English and the Physics prizes, while Amber Khlat was awarded the French prize.  Isabella Brankovic excelled in Geography and Lavina Primrose in ICT. 

From Year 8, Annabel Sofer was awarded a prize for Religious Studies and prizes for Physics and Geography went to Rosario Grant-Diaz.

Of the Year 9 old girls, Scarlett Caudwell-Burgess and Bo Wetherell were honoured for French and Spanish respectively

Lily Bilton, in her last year at Francis Holland, won the Economics prize.

Garden House mentioned in dispatches

An excerpt from Robert Galbraith’s aka JK Rowling book The Cuckoo’s Calling

Franklin Row was an attractive street of more red brick; here were plane trees, and a great grassy space bordered with railings, in which a throng of primary school children were playing games in pale blue Aertex tops and navy shorts, watched by tracksuited teachers.  Their happy cries punctuated the sedate quiet otherwise disturbed only by bird-song.

Later in the chapter, ‘The sporting children were receding in a distant crocodile, pale and navy blue, winding their way back to their school and lunch’.

Garden House old boy shares his memories

Garden House old boy shares his memories of Garden House under Headmistress Miss de Brissac (1951 – 1978)

Richard Norton now Lord Grantley, a long term resident of Chelsea, attended Garden House School from the age of 4 between 1960 and 1961. As such a little boy, he spent part of the year thinking mistakenly he was studying under the regime of Mr Brissac, only to discover he had a Headmistress called Miss de Brissac!  He remembers being taught to tie his shoe laces for which new skill he was rewarded with a piece of chocolate by a kindly teacher.  Lord Grantley remembers becoming lost in a Pea Souper when returning home from School one day. 

Following Garden House, he attended Eaton House and Ampleforth.  He was awarded an Open Scholarship in Mathematics to New College Oxford and was President of the Oxford Union.  He worked for the Conservative Party during Lady Thatcher’s tenure, even standing for an unwinnable seat of Wentworth in the General Election of 1983.  Meanwhile he was a banker at Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank and HSBC.  He sat in the House of Lords as a UKIP representative until 2000 and made his maiden speech in the presence of his maternal Grandfather the Earl of Listowel, who had sat in the House from 1931.

Lord Grantley remains a Chelsea resident and an avid campaigner.  He is the Chairman of the largest Resident’s Association in Chelsea; worked tirelessly to save Sloane Square from becoming a cross road; was pivotal in the campaign to save the Garrison Church in Chelsea Barracks from demolition and was the leading force to support Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School to retain its funding as an excellent state school.

Richard Grantley’s title goes back to 1569 on his paternal side, awarded to Sir Richard Norton’s for his role in the ill-fated Northern Rising.  On his mother’s side, he is descended from Mary Tudor, Queen of France.