Welcome to Cloister

Located at the top of the Wycombe Abbey site, Cloister is situated at 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 music practise rooms, a large dining room, kitchen areas and communal living rooms. There is a path that joins the Main School to Daws Hill, and 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! Daws Hill is a very special community.

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. 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.

Mrs Lucy Akers and the Cloister House Team

Meet the the Cloister House Team

Whilst Mrs Akers is on Maternity Leave, Mrs Woodward will be the Acting Housemistress.

Lucy joined Wycombe Abbey in 2015, and became Housemistress of Cloister in 2018. Prior to arriving at School, she worked for the UNHCR and then at Brentwood School in Essex. She studied at both Durham and Cambridge universities and is also a Geography teacher at Wycombe Abbey. Lucy lives in Cloister with her husband Dave, baby Amelia and Molly the dog.

Marie joined the Wycombe Abbey family in 2023 following time teaching English in Birmingham, and working at a boarding school in Bath. She studied Classical Literature, Civilisation and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, and loves chatting about all things humanities and creativity. Marie has also worked alongside Friends International Birmingham, and has a passion for helping international students feel welcome in the UK. When not in Cloister or teaching English, Marie is most often found sharing a meal with friends, trying out a new craft project or getting into a good book.

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