I feel immensely privileged to have been part of the Nugent journey over the last 11 years. We have strong bonds within the House – many siblings, cousins and Old Stoics children join us on a yearly basis, and it is a delight to watch them grow and develop into confident, successful young ladies.

Our family tree has been an integral part of our united front for the last four years with each group comprising 5 family members led by a member of our Upper Sixth. They compete as a team in House Cross Country, have raised money for charities that we have supported and we always ensure that the winning family goes to the cinema following APGs.

We are a successful House – academically, musically and on the sporting field; we regularly have girls in Junior and Senior Congreve and put on House Drama performances each year. However, the House team, House Prefects and I all work extremely hard to make Nugent as welcoming and supportive a House as possible. The girls take pride and responsibility for the atmosphere and appearance of Nugent and they are all as competitive as I am when it comes to House events!

I can only suggest that you come and visit us and see for yourself?

House Singing

In 2016 we came first in the Unison and Part song and took the overall prize. You can watch our performaces or download our version of Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb' here.

Nugent - Unison Song

2016 winning Unison-song

Nugent - Part-Song

2016 winning Part-song

Clara & Olivia
(Lower Sixth)

"We have been a part of Nugent from the very start and were part of the Third Form year group that started in Nugent in 2013. We were welcomed into the House by all year groups, staff, Matron and, of course, Mrs Duckett.

The House is so homely and somewhere we always look forward to be at the beginning of each term. All years are close to one another which is what we love so much about the House - everyone mixes with one another no matter who you are and what year you are in.

Each girl is praised for their individuality and success in all areas of School life whether on the sports field, stage or in a music concert." 

From a Day Perspective

"We have been day girls in Nugent for four years now and we are still welcomed every morning with smiles without fail. Just like the boarders we have our own desk and space for personal belongings, the only difference between us and the boarders is that we sleep at home.

In Nugent we have such a great relationship with Mrs Duckett and we all feel that we are just as much involved with the House as the boarders, forming a tight nit bond between all the years which makes it very easy arriving every morning."

Alice & Mali

Jayne Duckett

Jayne joined Stowe in September 2005 as the School went fully co ed. Emma, her eldest child, joined the Lyttelton in the Fourth Form as one of 12 girls and her two other children, Ben and Megan, went to Winchester House Prep School.

They had all been at Millfield School since 1997 and sporting genes ran through the entire family with Jayne playing International lacrosse for 10 years, Graham representing Surrey in cricket and Ben is now playing cricket for England and has been on the recent India and Bangladesh tours. Emma is working locally for a finance company and Megan is in her second year at Manchester studying Philosophy and Religion.

Jayne started as Head of Girls’ Games but very quickly became Housemistress of Nugent when a vacancy became apparent. Her love for her extended family (i.e. Nugent girls) is obvious and she enjoys staying in touch with the old girls and hearing their news.

Head of House, Olivia Thomas

My time in Nugent has been quite simply amazing and an experience that I will always look back on with very fond memories. Nugent is a house where great friendships and personal bonds are built and memories are made that will last a lifetime. There is a ‘Nugent glue’ that sticks us all together here, from the day we arrive, right thought our years at Stowe and beyond.
 
Everybody at Stowe has their ups and downs, their good days and bad. Nugent has a togetherness and a support network that helps us all when we need it most, coupled with a positivity that pushes us on to achieve our very best for ourselves, the house and indeed the school. 
 
We are so lucky to have such a vastly experienced and amazing house team. Mrs Duckett, Matron and all other Nugent Staff are always there to help and guide us when we need it.
 
I am incredibly proud to be Head of house at Nugent this year. I would like all the girls here to feel part of a Nugent family. Part of our nature is that we always pull together for each other and push each other to do our very best regardless of the task ahead. Our success across the spectrum of activities at Stowe has come from this togetherness, a competitive edge and a positive mental attitude. 
 
It hard to believe that my time at Stowe has nearly finished and my next journey will soon begin. When I look back on my time at Stowe, I know that the people that surrounded me here at Nugent will have shaped my life, given me the confidence and strength to be successful in whatever I choose to do next. That’s what being a Nugent girl is all about.
 

About Nugent

Nugent opened in 1985 and was the second girls’ House to be set up at Stowe, but the first to house boarders. The House had a variety of uses before then having been, amongst other things, a House for new Third Form boys waiting to move to their boarding house.

The refurbishment took longer than expected and in September 1985 the girls arrived to find that the House wasn’t ready. For half a term they had rooms on the top floor of Temple House with the stairway ferociously guarded by a member of staff on duty! At Half term the girls moved into their new accommodation and the House officially opened in November. At that stage Nugent was the home to 26 girls – 14 new Lower Sixth Formers and 12 Middle Sixth Formers who had offered to move from the existing girls’ House, Stanhope. At that time Stanhope (which later became Lyttelton) contained only day girls and the girls boarded with local staff.

At first many of the girls slept in a large dormitory and had a room to study in downstairs, but studying in their bedrooms soon became the norm. The number of girls increased until eventually they created the Annexe; a separate building housing 8 girls which was opened in September 1996.

In September 2012, with Stowe having gone fully co-ed in 2005, it was decided that Nugent should convert from a Sixth Form only House to one housing girls from 13-18. That first group of 9 Third Formers lived in the Annexe for a year before the full refurbishment of Nugent had been completed. This cohort is now in their final year at Stowe. The House is complete with 57 boarders and 12 day girls.

Who's Who in Nugent

Housemistress
Jayne Duckett

Matron
Marian Gallick

Assistant Housemistress
Lyn Foden

Under Housemistress
Cheryl Davis, Lucy Miller and Sally Whyte