A very warm welcome to Stanhope 

As I embark upon my seventeenth year at Stowe, I have the privilege of being appointed as the 7th Housemistress of Stanhope, which started a little over 40 years ago in 1976.

 In the Stanhope community the girls quickly discover a sense of belonging and soon develop life-long friendships. We take great care to provide a convivial atmosphere and to create the right resources for both study and leisure.

Our aim is to foster attitudes which will instil self-confidence, create a sense of personal excellence as well as an understanding of the interdependence of Stanhopians and to be caring members of our community. The ability to develop good working relationships academically and socially is most important and this can be built on the foundations established jointly by staff and Stanhopian.

With our foundation firmly rooted in tradition, Stanhopians are considerate and compassionate towards members of their extended family. With this in mind, Stanhope has adopted its vertical Family Tree, which involves girls from all 5 years groups. They work together to gain rewards through Inter-House events and this year through raising money for our chosen House charity ‘The Dan Eley Foundation’ which aims to help young people achieve true independence by providing vocational training and life-changing support for young people to enable them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Stanhope has a strong reputation for all round success, on the games field with APG leagues, House debating as well as musically and academically. Our ultimate aim is to create confident, well rounded, happy and positive young women who are ready to take their place in society and make valuable contributions post Stowe. 

From the Housemistress

Louise Carter arrived at the turn of the Century, September 2000 from Cranbrook School, Kent where she taught Biology and Chemistry for four years and was Assistant Head of Public Examinations. At Stowe, she has been UHM to Nugent girls and more recently a Sixth Form tutor, supporting those students wanting to study veterinary medicine as well as dentistry, marine biology, zoology and paleontology.  Louise was appointed Head of Biology in 2014 and is thoroughly looking forward to her new role as Stanhope Housemistress. Louise has two children, Toby (13) and Lilly (10) who like their mother, are sports enthusiasts. They are both cross-country runners, as well as athletes for their county, Northampton and Rugby. Whilst Toby plays football regularly for U14 Wootton Whites, Lilly is an avid gymnast. Toby joined the Bruce Third Form in September, as a Day Boy and Lilly attends Beachborough Prep School.

Who's Who in Stanhope

Louise Carter

Shona Cannon

Assistant Housemistresses
Lauren Ellis & Elena Hughes

Under Housemistress
Ana Vidal GarciaEva de Bartillo & Emma Windett

From the Head of House

‘I challenge anyone to name another House that is so open, caring, lively and happy. We’re a family and we all care for each other and that’s what counts.’ Lula Goldsmith
Throughout my time in Stanhope I have learnt the values of living in a community. As Stanhopians we pride ourselves on having a warm and welcoming environment, where everyone can flourish in their own unique way. Everyone loves to get involved in anything and everything so our House is very diverse. We all work together and support each other, reaping the rewards as a united House. We don't just succeed on the sports field, but across all realms, including on the stage, in the classroom and in the music practice rooms.
Living in Stanhope foments a great sense of House Spirit, and we are connected across the various year groups as a whole. This provides strong support between each Stanhopian as there is always someone to turn to, should the need arise.
Our House Staff establish a great network between Teachers and Stoics, providing us with an excellent balance of pastoral care and instruction. I feel that I can talk openly to any of the House members about anything that concerns me.
I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, and memories that I cherish and will never forget. Choosing Stanhope is undoubtedly the best decision I have made, as it is a House that accepts everyone, no matter where their interests lie, or what talents they hold.

Megan Winter

Stanhope Hi-lights

2016-2017 was another successful year for Stanhope. We were triumphant winning the Junior girls first place trophy for Sports Day. A special mention goes to Tiffany-Sole-Scarpellini who broke the U14 1500m record by eight seconds, and Emilia Havard who broke the U14 800m record by two seconds.

Academically, Prefect Dily Adilkhanova repeated her success for the Fourth year running retaining first  place for the UK Maths Challenge and Fourth Former Rosia Li was top of her year group for Mathematics, gaining full marks in her end-of-year Maths examination.

Mina Haas, our Music Prefect, took the lead in the school musical of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last year as well the lead role in last years production of ‘Prodigy’.

Academic Scholar Poppy de Salis, was awarded the Junior String prize as well as the Solo Strings Section in the Milton Keynes Festival. Other notable achievements include placing first for Strings at the Banbury Festival as well as coming second for Classical Voice and third for Romantic Piano in the Milton Keynes Festival.

House Prefect Jaime McIntosh, completed a fifty-mile walk, for her charity JARR last summer and Megan Winter, our Head of House, collected and then donated Christmas gifts to an orphanage she visited during the October half term. 

History of Stanhope

Stanhope House was named after Lady Hester Stanhope, Great Granddaughter of the builder of Stowe House, Sir Richard Temple, the third Baronet. She was also the niece of one of the great Prime Ministers, Sir William Pitt, the Younger. The Stanhope family were closely linked with the Temple/Grenville family, once the owners of Stowe.
Stanhope was the first girls’ House at Stowe. The first five day girls to join the Sixth Form arrived in 1974 and be 1976 there were enough female Stoics to form a House. They originally lived in the old Stanhope building which now contains the Careers, International and Skills Development Departments and was used once again, whilst awaiting the opening of the new Stanhope House. Although numbers of girls increased in 1993, necessitating the move to Lyttelton, the Stanhope name was revived for the new, state of the art Boarding House, designed by architect Rick Mather.
The new Stanhope House was officially opened on 6th March 2009 by the Old Stoic, Sir Nicholas Winton MBE. He is Stowe’s greatest humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War.