Katherine Jeffery, Housemistress

In Oakeley’s House the welfare of the girls is of the utmost importance and it is essential that they feel supported in all that they do. Oakeley’s girls are diverse, multi-talented and include scholars in music, sport, art and academics.

The doors of Oakeley’s House first opened in 1870 under the watchful eye of E. Harris. It takes its name from the second Housemaster, E.M. Oakeley who took over in 1877. One hundred and ten years later in September 1987, it was transformed into the first girls’ house under the care of Fiona Hallworth. Famous Old Girls/Boys include Harry Plunkett-Green (pianist and bass baritone) and Martina Topley-Bird (singer).

Girls studying

I am now in my sixth year as Housemistress. I have been a teacher at Clifton for thirteen years and in addition my husband and I are both Old Cliftonians. With over half the house being full boarders, I feel it is vital that the girls live in an environment that feels as close to home as possible. I am very proud of the warm and friendly atmosphere at Oakeley’s which we have managed to balance with an outstanding work ethic, team spirit and total involvement with all activities across the school.

During the year we offer many outings, including recent trips to Longleat, Avon Ski and Action Centre, shopping trips to Bath, and various cinema and theatre trips to name a few. We have an all-weather tennis table, a snooker table, and table football. Every girl has a birthday celebration with her peers and we have regular barbecues and celebrations after most events and competitions. The highlight of the year is the House Supper, where everyone gets a chance to dress up in their finery.

Katherine Jeffery

Newsletters and Publications

Lent 2014 | Michaelmas 2013 | Summer 2013 | Lent 2013
Oakeley’s House Handbook

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