Mead (Girls’ Day House)

MEET THE HOUSE MISTRESS: CATHY FELTHAM

My main passions are History and Politics, my two teaching subjects.  I feel strongly that as citizens we should be informed about the world around us in order to participate fully and I will encourage the girls to look outside our own internal and often “cosy” worlds to consider others. I support activism, and deplore apathy. Thus I want the girls to care and have an opinion on the world around them, even if it disagrees with mine

T 01242 258026
E cmfeltham@deanclose.org.uk

 

WHAT’S IT LIKE IN MEAD?

When Dean Close became co-ed in the late 1960s and first opened its doors to girls, Mead House was created. It was a hugely progressive move for its time, and Mead House became synonymous with the pioneering spirit of tenacity and adaptability.  Over half a century later, Mead House continues to uphold the intrinsic values of our forebears. There is not one type of “Mead girl”, as we embrace individuality, but we hold a common identity of compassion, consideration and community. We are an outward looking House, while unified within. We are not exclusive but seek to be inclusive. We represent the ideals of modesty and integrity: we are a House of achievers but we are not boastful; we are very much part of the wider Dean Close community but retain a sense of self. Mead House offers girls safe and secure study accommodation in the middle of the School. There is a great sense of community and belonging which creates a lovely, happy and relaxed atmosphere with the House. The Common Room is the social hub for all the year groups but if a more peaceful environment is needed, each girl has a study they share with two or three friends where she can work or just rest and relax.

MEET THE HEAD OF HOUSE: Imogen Sneath

Mead is such a wonderful house to be in. We always like to describe ourselves as one big family of sisters, and that in essence is what we are. First and foremost, Mead is an inclusive place to be and this comes from supporting each other in our individual endeavours, whether that be pursuing our passions or trying something new. Mead is a hub of many talents, with our girls pretty much appearing in every aspect of Dean Close life; playing hockey, riding for the equestrian team, singing in choirs, performing on stage, creating stunning pieces of artwork- the list could go on. During the everyday, the common room is the buzzing base of the house, where girls are always socialising over a cup of tea or a slice of toast, however saying this, this also acts as a peaceful place to escape from the bubbles of academic or extra-curricular life.

As a house we promote vertical integration through our mentoring programme, where our sixth formers ‘sister’ the juniors, taking them for the occasional lunch date or out for coffee, giving the younger years an ‘older sister’ type figure in house who they can talk to about anything. We also love to organise socials, particularly our annual movie night where we get in pizzas and watch a feel-good-film, before creating the most amazing ice cream sundaes- topped with popcorn and hundreds & thousands!

Our housemistress – Mrs Feltham (affectionately known as “mama bear”) is literally the rock of Mead and her study door is always open for a little chat. This paragraph is only to give you a flavour of what life is like in Mead- but essentially, we are a great house because of our strong community spirit and deep-rooted consideration of others, which makes us unique.

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Shelburne Road
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