Welcome to Rubens

Previously situated in the Main Abbey building, two new purpose-built Houses, Pitt and Rubens, were officially opened in September 2017 having been built on the site of our old swimming pool.

In Rubens, we have around 60 pupils from ages 12 to 17 with plenty of communal work and living spaces on the ground floor including music practice rooms, a kitchen and drawing-room. Living in a modern boarding House is a privilege, and the Rubens family are very proud of their House and frequently invite friends from different Houses over for pizza parties and dancing in the common room. Rubens is a kind, supportive and joy-filled House where every pupil feels part of a special sisterhood and their individual talents are recognised and nurtured by their peers and the staff looking after them.

Our House colour is a vibrant, eye-catching pink and this is the perfect colour to reflect our key values of kindness and generosity of spirit. Rubens pupils are quick to help one another whether that be with prep or a listening ear. The pupils act as big sisters to one another and they know that their adult family is always close at hand to help guide them too. Every pupil in Rubens is known, and we achieve this by talking to each pupil in the day and evenings and supplement these informal catch-ups with weekly activities and treat nights like ice cream parties or surprise Galentines nights.

Miss Hoyle and the Rubens House team

Meet the Team

Cat Hoyle has held a number of roles at Wycombe Abbey including Second in English; Sixth Form Tutor; Assistant Housemistress (Pitt) and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. She is thrilled to lead Rubens House as Housemistress.

A proud teacher of English, Miss Hoyle's favourite books include Maus; Frankenstein and Atonement. When not on duty, Miss Hoyle enjoys going to the gym, walking her dog or going to the theatre. Prior to her long serving career at Wycombe Abbey, Miss Hoyle completed her undergrad at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, she worked at Gordonstoun as an Assistant Housemistress and Assistant Teacher of Drama; followed by a year teaching English at Brentwood School; after which she completed her PGCE at Cambridge. Miss Hoyle completed her NQT at Wycombe Abbey and she hasn't looked back since.

Bethan Rowley is the Assistant Housemistress of Rubens as well as a teacher of Biology and a Fifth Form tutor. She lives in Rubens with her black Labrador Hero, who is chief hug giver, and helps to run the House alongside the highly capable Rubens House Team. Bethan is also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award supporting assessing pupils through the walking section. Outside of work she regularly goes running and spends a large chunk of her free time riding horses. Additionally, she loves to travel visiting lots of exciting places whenever possible.

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