Boarding Accommodation

Boarding Accommodation

Cotlake House

Cotlake House

Pupils in Years 3-8 live in Cotlake House, a family-style boarding house in the Prep School. Cotlake is run by an experienced and professional husband and wife team, with the support of two live-in matrons, a non resident matron and two resident GAP students who provide a high level of quality boarding in a caring, supportive, family environment. The well-being of every one of the boarders is paramount and ensuring that each child is happy, settled, relaxed and confident is at the heart of the Cotlake House ethos.

Pastoral care is of an extremely high standard and the affectionate relationship between the boarders and the House staff is evident. The House Parents pride themselves on being excellent communicators – emailing or telephoning on a regular basis, when there is good news or for quick updates. They often send pictures of activities at the weekend. There is no doubt that this approach is really appreciated by parents and trust between all parties is evident. The resident members of the boarding team are always available for the children to talk to, read bedtime stories with or to offer comfort when a young boarder feels homesick.

Just like home, the contributions and suggestions made by the boarders as to the running of the House are highly valued. Although most boarders are full time we aim to be as flexible as possible for parents and so also offer weekly, termly and even occasional boarding for day pupils whenever possible.

Cotlake is an extremely comfortable and relaxed three-storey boarding house, designed to be very much a home from home. The communal area on the ground floor has a large lounge with Sky TV, a DVD player, comfortable sofas, toy boxes with games, puzzles and Lego. The Games Room is equipped with popular table football and air hockey tables as well as computers, a wii console and art and craft equipment. There is a kitchen for evening drinks and snacks which the boarders also use at the weekend for supervised cooking. Year 8 have their own study room with PCs and their own lounge and chill-out room. Matron’s Room is always open for clean laundry, a chat and lots of tender loving care!

On the first floor there are three girls’ dormitories, bathrooms and toilets as well as the House Parents and Resident Matron’s flats. There is also a surgery where medicine is administered and a single bed for children who want to rest. The second floor houses the four boys’ dormitories, boys’ bathroom and toilets and the Assistant Matron’s flat.


Doug and Jennifer Baker are the House Parents of Cotlake and they describe it as a relaxed, friendly, homely unit where every child is valued and the personal, social and emotional development of every individual is nurtured.  They see the house as an extension of their own home.

Click here for our Boarding Handbook.

Click here for Cotlake House information for pupils and parents.

Click here for a sample Sunday activity timetable for pupils.



Merry Christmas from Cotlake House 2021

Hutton House

Hutton House

Hutton House is the Senior girls boarding house at Queen’s. Hutton is a homely, nurturing and safe environment which is set up in a structured way enabling our borders to find time to enjoy all aspects of life at a British boarding school and make lifelong friendships.

We believe that each and every boarder needs an individual and positive approach with goals being set and boundaries given to be able to achieve a well-balanced education and life.

We have a fabulous team who live in Hutton and are available 24-7 to support and care for our boarders.

In Hutton, we hope that our well rounded upbringing and education will allow your child to flourish and grow in their time at Queen’s and beyond.

Click here to see the Hutton House handbook.

Click here to see our Boarding Principles


Jo and Simon Elliott became House parents in 2018 and describe Hutton as a warm, family-orientated House.

Jo was born in Norfolk, moving to Somerset at the age of 11 to attend the Blue School, Wells. She then successfully auditioned to gain a place at the prestigious vocational dance school Tring Park where she continued her education.

Her specialised dance teaching qualifications were completed with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and she has gone on to successfully teach at and manage many dance schools around the UK.

At Kingsmead School in Somerset she undertook teaching on a project to improve the emotional intelligence of the students through the arts which led to employment by several state schools, independent schools and colleges in the county to deliver dance curriculum and inset training.

Throughout her teaching career she has worked both in the drama and dance sector and she spent a brief spell standing in as Head of Drama at Wellington School, Somerset.

She joined Queen’s College in 2011 where she became Head of Dance producing and choreographing many major school productions and managing the Queen’s Performing Arts Academy.

It was at Queen’s where her role started to have a pastoral focus. She became a Tutor, Assistant Houseparent and now Houseparent for the senior girls’.

Jo is passionate about boarding and has recently completed a two-year boarding course with the BSA specialising in Pastoral Care and Boarding Management.

She lives on-site with her husband, youngest child Archie who attends Queen’s and their black Labrador Albie who has become a firm favourite with many of the girls.

School House

School House

School House is the boarding house for senior boys from Years 9-13. The very grand and prestigious main Queen’s school building is the accommodation for this boarding house – hence the name ‘School House’.

School House is truly a home away from home for the boys. In School House we embrace diversity and the boys develop life-long, fond memories of the experiences and lessons learnt during some of the most formative years of their life.

It is an outdated tradition that boys require a less nurturing environment in which to grow and develop. In School House we recognise that our boys need to be understood and cared for with the utmost regard to their personal wellbeing. The dedicated Houseparents and boarding team in School House centres their work around providing a support network for the boys whilst giving them the tools to develop their own social, emotional and life-skills.

We follow a structured house timetable to enable the boys to establish themselves a routine within the House which teaches them to adopt healthy habits around sleep, technology use, academic study, healthy eating, personal safety and, of course, the opportunity to relax and unwind and enjoy the fantastic facilities on offer.


Jennie Cooling is the Houseparent of School House. She lives in the boarding house with her husband and four children and bordercollie, Juno.

Jennie started her teaching career as a sports teacher and has worked at Millfield, Taunton School and, most recently, Wellington School.

During her time at Wellington her role evolved to Head of Wellbeing alongside working in one of the senior boys’ boarding houses. Developing a Wellbeing curriculum alongside boarding cemented her desire to support the boarding experiences of young men as they navigate their journeys onto the next stage of their education or career.

Jennie’s husband, Robert, is an Assistant Head and DSL at a local middle school. Robert supports Jennie’s role as Houseparent and will often be ‘on duty’ or wandering the House during the weekend or evenings, building positive relationships with the boys and providing them with an additional person to connect with.

Jennie and Robert nurture and support the boys with utmost regard to their personal wellbeing and their hope is that all of the boys will leave Queen’s emotionally intelligent, resilient to all the challenges that they will encounter, able to recognise how to support others and be ready for their next life adventure!

Click here for School house handbook.

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Highgrove House

Highgrove House

Highgrove House is a boarding house for Sixth Form girls. It is located next to Highgrove Nursery hence the name.

Highgrove House is truly a home away from home for the girls. In Highgrove House we embrace diversity and the girls develop life-long, fond memories of the experiences and lessons learnt during some of the most formative years of their life.

We believe that each and every boarder needs an individual and positive approach with goals being set and boundaries given to be able to achieve a well-balanced education and life.

We have a fabulous team who live in Highgrove House and are available 24-7 to support and care for our boarders.

Meet the House Parent

Lorna Johnson is the Houseparent of Highgrove who looks after and cares for the sixth form female boarders in Year 12 and 13.

Lorna has spent the last 12 years of her career working within pastoral care and welfare at some of the UK’s most prestigious boarding schools, gaining a diverse level of experience and skills in a number of different roles ranging from Pastoral Manager to Head of Boarding.

After spending some time away from this beautiful part of the country, Lorna leapt at the opportunity to come back to Somerset and join the Queen’s College Boarding community as Houseparent of Highgrove.

Lorna graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2006 with a BA HONS in Arts & Cultural Management & Visual Arts Practices. Alongside working in education she has combined her passion for arts and live events, working within both boarding term time and the creative  industries during the school holidays.

Her own interests and hobbies include crafting, dressmaking, playing piano, wild swimming, painting, walking, visiting places of cultural interest and attending live music events.

She has been lucky enough to work within both the United Kingdom and overseas which has equipped  her with a wide variety of experiences, and the awareness of the ever changing needs and requirements that working within boarding can bring.

‘I hope to support each student to be the best version of themselves and achieve their goals and aspirations’

Lorna’s inspiration comes from those who supported and encouraged her throughout her educational journey, from extra lessons in school to evening classes, followed by achieving her goals at university.

‘Sometimes all you need is someone to have a little faith in you and to tell you ‘You can do this’!

Lorna is excited to be working towards encouraging and supporting the sixth form girls into the next phase of their academic, working life, and the wider world beyond Queen’s.

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