Laura Mackenzie read English and history at University of Reading. She is married to Jason and they have three young boys. They lived in New Zealand for several years but are delighted to be back in Laura’s home county of Sussex. As housemistress, Laura takes pride in continuing School House’s history of being at the heart of Eastbourne College, both geographically and in all that the girls achieve during their time at the College.
Alison Rainer-Jones is the house matron and, as well as Miss Simmons, the resident tutor, there are several other tutors who help with the running of the house and are responsible for overseeing their tutees’ academic progress, co-curricular involvement and general wellbeing.
School House is a home from home during term time for around 65 full-boarding girls in its care. Everyone in the house works hard to ensure the girls feel comfortable and supported at all times. We love to celebrate and spend down-time together. There are plenty of areas in the house where girls can just sit and chat, with or without staff.
Whether the girls are academic, dramatic, musical, sporty or general all-rounders, we aim to enable them all to participate fully in College life. We feel confident that, in School House, they will find like-minded girls who will share their hopes and dreams. From weekend matches to College productions, house-based music events to organising outings, there is opportunity for everyone to be involved in something. House staff actively encourage girls to find an activity in school to enjoy and pursue.
We welcome girls from around the world but recognise that for those coming from abroad speaking English is a priority so there are no large groups from any single country. Everyone benefits from the full boarding experience including those girls who have chosen to board even though they live quite close.
We love to see family members during term time and encourage them to drop in to watch matches, join us in Chapel, come to see the girls in their musical or theatrical performances or just to take them out. We look forward to welcoming you to School House.
About the House
School House, one of two girls boarding houses, is located in the heart of the College. It was built in 1870 and oozes character with no two rooms the same. It was a boys boarding house for 126 years before being transformed into a girls boarding house in 1996.
There is a large common room that adapts itself easily for a multitude of different events from the occasional in-house supper and Christmas party to sponsored bike rides and, most importantly, an area where the girls can just relax and chat, without distraction. The small sitting room with its own piano allows those of a musical inclination to tinkle the ivories.
Outside, there is a shared family garden, beautifully secluded from the rest of the College, where the girls can relax.
House charity : This year the house is raising funds for mental health.
House events: Recently, they have included year group dinners, a small informal concert, a careers talk ‘Life Beyond School’ for the sixth form, and a couple of entrepreneurial projects, namely designing and selling Christmas cards, and selling Valentine’s Day flowers.
Read about the recent School House charity walk from Eastbourne Pier to Brighton Pier.