Aldenham School, Founded 1597


Paull's House was founded in 1906 as a boys' House and from 2009 it was home to all day and boarding girls at Aldenham from Years 9 to 13. Now, Paull's is mostly a boarding House, but includes many day pupils as well. 

Paull’s offers 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 Russia, as well as many flexi-boarders from local areas.

Paull's is run by a team of residential and non-residential staff. The Housemistress, Ms. Gratton lives in Paull’s with her husband, Dr. Tom Kupfer.  She 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. Miss Pigott assists Ms. Gratton in all aspects of running the House in her role as Assistant Housemistress. Mr. Clair and Miss Burn also live in the House as Resident Tutors and they help look after the boarders on evenings and weekends. 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. Ms. Gratton is also assisted in the day to day running of the House by the House Captain and the Praes.

All girls in the House 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. Paull’s is also where we 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 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 in Paull’s and Riding’s compete against each other in sport for the prize of the Girls’ House Shield.  All houses compete against each other for the prize of the Brewers' Bowl and we are proud to have one the Brewers’ Bowl for the last three years consecutively. Paull’s girls are confident they will retain ownership of this coveted prize for another year. There are many other non-competitive activities which the girls take part in around the school, including dance, yoga, running club, horse riding, tennis, photography and archery.

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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 Captain: Charlotte Yeabsley
  • Deputy Captain: Lauryn Edwell
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Aldenham Foundation