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. A little further up Marlow Hill than the Outhouses (Airlie, Campbell, Barry, Butler) and overlooking a paddock, the two Houses are joined together and pupils can go freely between each.
These are impressive, light, modern and airy buildings providing en-suite bathrooms for all and under-floor heating. 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. LIV–LV share bedrooms on the first floor, UV bedrooms are on the second and at the top are the LVI single study bedrooms. The UV and LVI each have a common room area to relax with their year group so they feel a little more grown-up. Staff accommodation is located on each floor so you can easily call on someone during the day or night when you need.
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 girls 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. Recent Rubens events include trips to see Mamma Mia in the West End, a disco boat party on the River Thames and our annual House Dinner.
Some of you will move up from Junior House to join us in LIV, whilst others will come at UIV/LV/LVI from different schools. Whatever your situation though, it won’t be long before you feel at home in Rubens. 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 day in School.
With best wishes
Miss Hoyle and the Rubens House team