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Helen Foster

Housemistress of Lincoln

Walk into Lincoln House after supper and you will find girls relaxing, chatting and socialising in a homely environment. A Form 2 girl bounds down the last few steps and rings the bell, signalling the start of roll call, which she will lead, and then evening prep begins.

This snapshot of Lincoln life encapsulates all that my house team and I hope to create for our girls: a busy, fun-filled place where the girls, aged 10–13 years, are actively involved in the day-to-day routine of boarding house life, mix freely across the years and collaborate in prefect-led groups.

Lincoln is a place where the girls can be themselves, experience fresh challenges, and make new friends. Assisted by my experienced house team, we work closely together to ensure that all the girls are safe and confident, and to create purposeful and proactive opportunities for them to contribute to our Lincoln community in a way that enriches their lives. This might be volunteering to run a cake stall to raise money for charity or organising a house talent show; taking on responsibilities and taking calculated risks are everyday habits for these young ladies.

The homely environment provided by Lincoln includes two common rooms (one shared with neighbouring Peterborough House), a games room, kitchen, and study room with lots of outdoor space to let off steam or do a spot of gardening.

Lincoln is a place where the girls can be themselves, experience fresh challenges, and make new friends.

Essential elements of Lincoln life include our weekly ‘Truly Great’ photo, where a student-nominated Lincolnian has their photo taken and displayed in House; the chance to collapse in front of a DVD and share popcorn on our weekly film nights; a slice of toast around the kitchen table catching up with our lovely gap students and opportunities to have a go at performing in front of friends at bedtime roll call.

Weekend life in Lincoln is exciting, and seeks activities outside the girls' weekly programme. We share some trips with the boys of Peterborough House, including ‘Bounce!’ theatre trips, Waterworld, cinema outings, ten pin bowling, den-building excursions, our very own Masterchef and many more adventures besides.

History of the House

  • Opened in 1974, Lincoln is one of four Lower School Houses grouped together on the Jerwoods campus.
  • The House is named after the neighbouring diocese of Lincoln, to mirror that of Peterborough House next door.
  • The Jerwoods site is named after John Jerwood (OO), the Visitor (a highly esteemed member of the Trustees) and benefactor to the School.

About the Housemistress

I joined the School in 2006 as a teacher of Geography and have been Housemistress of Lincoln House since 2008. Initially I trained as an architect in Edinburgh and after working on Felixstowe Dock developments and also in Liverpool on some regeneration work, I retrained as a teacher in Merseyside. I enjoy running and playing tennis when not looking after my young family and the girls in my boarding house.