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Walker

Boarding is of excellent quality and contributes much to pupils' self confidence and personal development

ISI Report 2012

Housemistress: Ms Maria Pascual

Walker girls live in a wonderful Victorian house with sloping ceilings and creaking floorboards. The rooms are scattered on three floors, around rambling staircases. The atmosphere is delightfully welcoming. There are approximately 30 senior girls from all over the world who occupy up to eight bedrooms of differing sizes. They are rotated around regularly by the Housemistress so that many friends are made. Three other staff are resident in the house, sharing in the day to day responsibilities.

Walker also has a music room with keyboards, two pianos and a karaoke machine. The larger common room boasts computers, a Wii, a PlayStation and dance mats, along with giant TV, DVD player and hi-fi. The quiet room has a library, and is the ideal place to relax in peace or catch up on some prep. Regular refurbishment takes place to ensure that the standard of comfort is high. The surroundings are welcoming, warm and friendly, encouraging social interaction and relaxation. The pastoral development provided by Walker staff includes fostering the girls self management and leadership skills as much as encouraging compassion and the feelings of self-worth. There is plenty of ‘down time’ to complement the vast array of activities organised.

The kitchen is used frequently, although all regular meals are taken in the dining room with the girls from Turner and Highlands. House staff eat with the girls.

Walker enjoys a perfect position in the school grounds with its own gardens and tennis court. They are adjacent to the sports pitches and not far from the swimming pool.

Boarding is of excellent quality and contributes much to pupils' self confidence and personal development

ISI Report 2012