Aldenham School, Founded 1597


Paull's House was founded in 1906 as a boys' House but since 2009 it has been home to all day and boarding girls at Aldenham from Years 9 to 13. Over the past several years the House, which celebrated its centenary in 2006, has been fully modernised to offer superb facilities for day and boarding pupils. Every boarding girl has a choice of either an individual room, or a double room if they wish to share with a friend. We have a large community of full-time boarders from all over the world, particularly from Germany, China, Korea and America, as well as many flexi-boarders from local areas.

All girls in the Senior school benefit from the warm and welcoming environment in Paull's. There is room for personal study, with internet and email access from a bank of computers, as well as socialising with friends in the lounge or the Centenary room, which are both full of comfy sofas. The House is also used to host many of our main social events such as dinners, concerts, birthdays or celebrations such as Chinese New Year which reflect the diversity of cultures we enjoy. We also run regular evening activities for boarders from pamper evenings and arts and crafts, to go karting and cinema trips.

Paull's regularly takes home the Senior Effort Prize for academic effort across Years 9 to 13, indicating the focused and determined work ethic amongst the girls. House competitions are an important part of life at Aldenham and the girls compete against the boys for the prize of the Brewers' Bowl. The competition involves music, drama, public speaking and sailing, as well as academic effort. Sport is also a major area of competition and within Paull's the girls are allocated to one of two smaller houses, known as Mead and Pollard, so they can compete against each other in areas of netball, hockey, athletics and rounders. The girls also take part in many activities on offer in the school, including dance (available at GCSE), horseriding, tennis and archery.

Paull's is run by a team of residential and non-residential staff. The Housemistress, Ms Gratton, came to Aldenham in September 2008 as a teacher of English and Media Studies. Originally from Canada, she spent time teaching in both Australia and Costa Rica before joining Aldenham. She was previously Housemistress of Leeman's House before moving to Paull's with her husband in September 2014. Miss Pigott and Miss Shinner are the Assistant Housemistresses. Mr Clair also lives in the house as a Resident Tutor, along with Miss Burn. Mrs Janice Mills is the House Matron and ensures all the girls, both day and boarding are well looked after. Each year group also has an academic tutor who will support them academically and pastorally throughout their time in Paull's. Miss Gratton is also assisted in the day to day running of the House by the House Praes and in particular, the House Captains of Mead and Pollard.

Paull's is a warm and vibrant community where the girls are encouraged to develop as well-rounded individuals. Our key aims are to instil confidence, resilience and self-belief in each girl and to promote learning, friendship and fun. The girls both support and challenge one another and make the most of the many opportunities Aldenham has to offer.

House Information

  • Founded 1906
  • House Colours: Pale blue/White/Black
  • Housemistress: Ms Gratton
  • House Captains: Reshmi Patel, Georgina Harvey

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Aldenham Foundation