Welcome to Pitt

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. Our home is impressive, light and modern. 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 a drawing-room.

Pitt House took its name from William Pitt, Britain’s youngest Prime Minister. He was a guest of the first Lord Carrington at Wycombe Abbey, and to recognise the visit, part of the Abbey was named after him, later becoming the original Boarding House. Our colour is yellow; naturally bright, a sign of spring and new life, something which every pupil undertakes when starting their Wycombe Abbey journey.

Pitt is a close community where you will thrive: everyone is respected as an individual. You will soon get to know pupils across all the year groups from living in mixed-age dorms. This is strengthened through having a House Mother and Tutor Group Buddy to answer all your day-to-day questions.

Many House events are arranged both on and off-site whether this be baking in the evenings, a quiz session or going out to the theatre, these social opportunities will mean that you can chat to pupils across the year groups, creating a strong family atmosphere around the House.

Miss Allen and the Pitt House team

Meet the Housemistress

Helen Allen joined Pitt House as Housemistress in September 2013 and was appointed Senior Housemistress in 2023. Previously, she spent four years as Deputy Head of the Senior School at Repton Dubai. An enthusiastic Design Technology teacher, Miss Allen has taught across the spectrum of State and Independent education both Internationally and in England.

Helen graduated from Brunel University and then worked in industry as a Design Project manager. Moving to education and a state school in inner-London, she enjoyed teaching across the Design Technology specialisms, followed by ten years at an independent co-ed school and then overseas at the GCC to be part of a vibrant team, setting up the first boarding school in the Middle East; developing pastoral care from its foundation.

When not on duty Miss Allen will be found walking her dog, enjoying the gym or having a wonderful experience of fine dining at many of the local restaurants, along with a passion for travel.

Louise Maddison joined Wycombe Abbey as Deputy Housemistress and Teacher of Drama in September 2022. Prior to this, she spent three years teaching English and Drama, having completed her PGCE at the University of Buckingham.

Louise graduated from The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 2015 and worked as an actor and vocalist across theatre productions in the UK and China. Having found an enthusiasm for working with young people through directing youth theatre, she decided to make the move to a career in education. Since then, Louise has relished the chance to help pupils embrace their individual interests and works to create a warm and welcoming environment within the boarding house.

In her spare time, Louise can often be found strolling around the Chilterns or at the theatre. She lives with her husband Simon and beloved dog Arnold, both of whom are also valued members of the Pitt team.

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