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Chandos is the oldest girls’ Boarding House at College and has expanded from eight Sixth Form girls in 1981 to 80 girls today, from the Third Form right through to the Upper Sixth.

Housemistress Annette Poulain has created a Boarding House family that includes and values everyone as an individual and encourages working together as a community. High standards of behaviour are expected and Chandos girls are always striving to develop their personal skills, interests and talents. Every girl within Chandos has her role to play in making the House a very happy and successful place.

Every girl within Chandos has her role to play in making the House a very happy and successful place.

Part of the House are the Chandos Cottages alongside the main Boarding House. The older girls live here in an environment designed to nurture independence and prepare them for life away from home in Higher Education. Chandos Cottages are overseen by Assistant Housemistress Clare Edgington and Resident Tutor Justina Howard, who ensure that whilst they live in this unique setting, the girls still remain engaged with Chandos House life.

Annette joined Chandos as Housemistress in September 2014 arriving from the position of Head of Girls' Games and a Duty Tutor at the Leys School, Cambridge. She is passionate about sport having been involved in national league athletics and continues to play competitive netball when time allows. She teaches Sports Science within College and is also Head of Girls' Games.

Annette is joined by her husband Mark and their three energetic children: Joshua and twins Lilly and Evie. They are supported in running the House by Assistant Housemistresses Clare Edgington and Charli Roberts, Resident Tutors Justina Howard and Kerry Samuel, and a team of non-resident tutors and matrons.

At weekends the girls enjoy a variety of activities in addition to those organised by College. These include visits to theme parks, the cinema, canoeing, horse riding, ice skating and cooking.