Woodard Girls Upper Sixth
Woodard aims to produce young adults who recognise their worth and the value and role of others in our community; all part of a 21st century education preparing students for university life and the world of work. Our job is to provide a supportive co-educational environment for the Upper Sixth students. Here, they can develop educationally, spiritually, and morally into well-rounded, compassionate, thoughtful and aspirational individuals.
Ms Allen became Housemistress in 2018, having joined Ardingly in 2014 as a teacher of English and eventually becoming deputy head of the department. Before moving into teaching she worked for six years at the British Museum, where she was an exhibition curator.
Ms Allen achieved her BA in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, where she also completed an MA in English, gaining a distinction. She has a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Beyond the classroom, her interests are theatre, music, cinema, cooking and travel: she has been involved with the Ardingly trip to India for a number of years, and she loves Greek culture and food.
Her partner, Craig, and their young daughter Maggie, live with Ms Allen in Godwin. Craig is an Art Technician at a gallery in London, and is always on hand to help Ms Allen or the girls, particularly in their creative endeavours. Maggie is particularly excited to live alongside so many ‘older sisters’, and brings a real sense of family to Woodard Girls.
Miss Megoran became Assistant Housemistress in 2017, the same year as she joined Ardingly College as a teacher of History. Before moving into teaching she worked for four years as a TV and Radio Journalist in Ireland and the UK.
Miss Megoran achieved her BA in Politics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She also gained a Masters from Dublin City University and a PGCE from Chichester University. Beyond the classroom, her interests are playing lacrosse and netball, travel, visiting historical sites and trying different cuisines.
Miss Megoran has represented Ireland for lacrosse in international tournaments. She is also the founder of the East Grinstead Women’s Lacrosse Club and enjoys sharing her love of sports.
Woodard Boys and Woodard Girls are housed in the impressive Godwin Hall, a purpose-built, en suite boarding and day house, officially opened by the eponymous old Ardinian, Charles Godwin, in 2013.
Accommodation is located on four floors. Each has a Brew Room: a kitchen with microwave, fridge, dishwasher, sink, kettle and toaster.
Boarders have their own room. The bed has storage underneath, and there’s a wardrobe, lockable drawers, bookshelves, desk, and a bathroom with shower.
Day students’ rooms have mostly two sharing, with some larger rooms for three and four to share. Day students have the same facilities as the boarders, apart from a bed, although some of the larger rooms do have cabin beds for occasional boarding as required.
At the centre of the house, facilities are shared with the boys. The common room area has a large TV with Sky television, DVD, table football, pool table, table tennis and piano for impromptu musical moments. A larger kitchen and the Woodard Bar is found here too.
Boys and girls also have their own separate homely common room where they can relax and watch movies.
Finally, there are four work and computer rooms and a house library. There is also a small gym. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
Freedom with responsibility
With Upper Sixth Formers in one House, we are able to give students greater freedom. Of course, with greater freedom comes greater responsibility.
Girls and boys are encouraged to socialise in the common room area between their two houses and at numerous social events. Vitally, they are also required to respect each other’s privacy as appropriate.
The Woodard Bar allows sensible drinking and socialising in a mature environment. There’s greater involvement in decision making and although some offices are held, organisation tends to be the result of ad hoc committees of interested or involved parties.
“One of the highlights of Woodard is the fact that the entirety of Upper Sixth is in one house. It produces a sense of community, cements our past together and also helps us set our eyes on the future, because in Woodard we are all at the same point in our life journey. This feeling, common throughout everyone in the house, really does turn the year into something special. Woodard House will always be a fond memory.”
Upper Sixth Student
Woodard is a busy house with people working hard in their final year, but also looking to share these formative moments in their school careers.
There are plenty of organised events, including Laser Quest and team building in the woods and regular Wednesday night five-a-side footy. Cultural nights include live music, a casino night, and a house quiz. All are memorable occasions, whether they involve our best musicians taking to the floor, or the opportunity to beat the house tutors in a fiendish music round.
Movie nights, table tennis tournaments, the Summer Ball, a Christmas party, house trips and impromptu take-away and ice cream nights fill other evenings. There are also in-house pool and table football competitions to ensure there’s never a dull moment.
Bar night is every Friday, when we gather to celebrate the start of the weekend with a couple of drinks, good humour, crisps and chocolate.
It goes without saying that Woodard rises to the challenge of cultural inter-house events and supports all the College charities.
The last word on Woodard goes to one of its members:
“The energy and the atmosphere in Woodard really mix together to make a unique house that is warm, friendly and a pleasure to be part of.”
To find out more about Woodard Girls’ House please contact Rebecca.Allen@ardingly.com