West House can accommodate 100 girls and our aim is to make the boarders and day girls feel as one. With this in mind most of the rooms house both, starting in the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth with rooms of four. In the Upper Fifth they move into double rooms and in the Sixth Form all girls have their own room, most of which have their own sink and vanity unit.
Our policy is to allocate rooms for all junior girls, as we feel that this encourages wider integration and a strong sense of House unity, and we change the combination of girls in the rooms each term. Girls bring their own duvet covers, which add colour and vibrancy to their rooms, as does the array of photos of family, friends and pets that adorns their walls and bed units!
In addition to the bedrooms, the girls have access to a kitchen area (assigned by years) in order to make drinks and snacks; a large central common room for socialising and TV; their own computer room; and a pool table. Sixth Form girls have their own additional TV/common room and their own laundry room equipped with washing machines and tumble driers.
The modern West house was purpose-built in 2001 to accommodate both boarders and day girls.
West was one of the original boys’ houses in the main school buildings and for 130 years was situated on the west side of the Quad surrounding Hall. When the house structure was overhauled following the introduction of full co-education, the boys’ house was merged with Loveday and the name transferred to one of the two new girls’ houses.
Situated next to Gatley’s pond on the site of the old woodwork sheds, West is a modern, light airy building with plenty of character and an open feel to it. The house has a garden area which comes into its own in the summer and offers the opportunity for BBQs as well as an outdoor space to perform informal summer music concerts.
In 2017 West will move again, albeit only a few yards, switching to the new house built on the site of the old swimming pool, while the new third girls’ house, Rhodes, will take over the existing West building.
West is linked with the boys’ houses Loveday and North.