Welcome to Cloister
Located at the top of the Wycombe Abbey site, Cloister, Shelburne and Wendover make up Daws Hill, originally an 18th Century hunting lodge, home to the Carrington family when they sold the main Abbey building to the School. Within the collection of buildings making up Daws Hill, we have a number of music practice rooms, a large dining room, kitchen areas and communal living rooms. There is a path that joins the Main School to Daws Hill, and when it snows, staff have been known to ski down to School on occasions, or we have been snowed in at the top!
As much as the walk can sometimes seem a little tiring at the end of the day, it also means that there is a sense of going home in the evening and it definitely wakes you up in the morning! The three Houses plan activities together and support one another as we have a lot of communal areas so you can be in and out of each other’s Houses frequently. House staff all live within the buildings too so they are never far away when you need them. Daws Hill is a very special community.
I joined Cloister as Assistant Housemistress, familiarising myself with the routines before taking on the Housemistress role in September 2019. I therefore know what it feels like in many ways to be the ‘new girl’ so I look forward to helping you settle in, just as the pupils have welcomed me into the Cloister family. I teach Geography, enjoy being involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and live in the House with my dog, Molly. I am supported by Miss Dorme, our Assistant Housemistress who teaches Mathematics; Mrs Shaw, the Pastoral Assistant; Mrs Bowles, the Cover Matron; Miss Summers, the House Tutor; and a Resident Tutor. We are here to keep you smiling and support you through your time at Wycombe Abbey.
Cloister has around 50 pupils; from age 12 to 17. The youngest four year groups have year group studies and share dorms, and the oldest pupils have study bedrooms and their own sitting room. Green is our House colour which won’t be hard to work out as soon as you spot the pupils’ ties, House decorations or fancy dress outfits for Inter-House competitions. Our Panel Room is a beautiful traditional wood-panelled common room used for House meetings, film nights, quiz sessions and rehearsals – it is so nice that the other Houses always try to borrow it! The shared kitchen is a great social space where we regularly have baking evenings or smoothie nights.
Our core values in Cloister are ‘family’, ‘acceptance’ and ‘happiness’, and we base the running of the House on these. Some of you will move up from Junior House to join us in LIV, whilst others will come in UIV/LV/LVI from different schools. Whatever your situation though, it won’t be long before you feel at home in Cloister. You will soon know pupils across all the year groups from living in mixed-age dorms who you can say hello to as you go about your days in School.
With best wishes
Miss Joseph and the Cloister House team