Architecturally stunning, the box windows bring natural light flooding into every bedroom; all Sixth Formers have their own en-suite room and Juniors share. The communal spaces are airy and bright with modern kitchens - the House can even boast a lift. Queen’s is set right in the middle of school life, a stone’s throw from Chapel, academic areas, Music School and Roxburgh Theatre.
Queen's House stands out because of its ability to not only be the Jack of all trades, but also their master. Excelling in all facets of school life, Queen's is a lively, vibrant and homely setting for the girls to mature, grow and develop into inspirational young ladies - fully prepared for whatever life may throw at them. We seek the very highest standards in academia, sports and the arts - whilst instilling in the girls that is to better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
Trust and respect are at the House’s foundation, which helps to create a relaxed and welcoming environment in which the girls can flourish. Living in Queen’s teaches the girls about the importance of community; being kind and compassionate and enjoying everything on offer. We aim to have the girls leave us confident and self-assured, able to follow their own dreams, ambitions and discover their full potential for life after Stowe.
Mike has taught Philosophy and Religion at Stowe for seven years and has recently taken over the running of the Projects Department. His pastoral experience comes from serving as Assistant Houseparent in Cobham for six years. Mike has a degree in Theological Studies from Exeter and completed his PGCE and Msc in Teaching and Learning at Oxford University. He has played rugby for England U18, England Students and most recently Oxford University; he coaches the Varsity team and assists Alan Hughes in coaching Stowe's 1st XV squad. Mike and Sophie got married in 2015.
Sophie graduated with an Sports and English degree from Durham and taught in Stowe's English, History and Religious Studies departments as a Graduate Assistant for two years from 2010, while gaining her PGCE in English at Buckingham University. In 2012, she was appointed as an English Teacher at Summer Fields Preparatory School where she subsequently became Head of PSHE and Head of two year groups. Since 2016 she has been teaching English at Beachborough Preparatory School where she was Form VI Year Group Co-ordinator. Sophie joins Stowe as an English teacher as well as Queen’s House Parent. Sophie's interests outside the classroom focus mainly on equestrianism: she has successfully competed in National Eventing and Dressage competitions and trains young horses. She is also a talented Fives player and coach. Sophie is the third generation housemistress in her family - her Grandmother was a Housemistress at Tudor Hall and she grew up in a boarding house in Lancing – where her Mother was a Housemistress, so she will feel entirely at home looking after the girls in Queen's.
With their two Working Cockers: Oban and Talisker; Sophie and Mike will provide a caring, fair and most importantly; family environment to nurture the girls through their five years at Stowe to ensure that they leave Queen’s and Stowe the best versions of themselves.
Mike Rickner & Sophie Rickner
Head of House
"Since coming into Queen's 4 years ago, the family atmosphere, competitiveness, success, determination and compassion within the house, that I was first greeted with, has never ceased to amaze me even now. Both the house staff and girls are overwhelmingly passionate about helping every Queen's member excel in all aspects of school life, and consistently contribute to making Queen's the best it can be. This dedication is what makes Queen's a house I am so proud to be a part of."