Elizabeth House

Elizabeth House Motto

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


 Elizabeth House came into being in 1955 and is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who succeeded Queen Mary as President of Bridewell Royal Hospital. The Queen Mother was President from 1953 to 2002 during which time she made four visits to the School (1958, 1965, 1976 and 1994). One of which was on 2nd November 1976 to open the new boarding houses, built to the latest standards to accommodate the growing boarding population.  In her speech that day the Queen Mother alluded to, “… the necessity on building on firm foundations and true values, courage, loyalty, humour, steadfastness and above all integrity”


Today Elizabeth’s House girls live by these values as they grow, learn, love and respect one another, and leave King Edward’s inspired by their namesake to go out into the world to make a difference.  


Elizabeth House is a boarding and day girls’ House from Year 9 / 3rd Form to Sixth Form.


Elizabeth House is paired with the Wakefield boy’s House.




Miss Condy took over as Housemistress in September 2017 and is the 12th House Parent of Elizabeth.  She originally hails from Dungannon in Northern Ireland but has lived and worked in a number of countries. For the past five years, she has been settled in beautiful Surrey, having previously been studying and living in the substantially colder north of England in the Cathedral city of Durham. She is delighted to be leading Elizabeth House. Miss Condy very much has an open door policy and is always willing to have a chat! She loves to cook and bake and has a running Friday night dinner party where girls are invited each week to dine in the 'Condy residence' with a four course meal. This baking also very much extends into weekend activities where you can find her laughing alongside the girls as they try new recipes and techniques such as pasta making. She also loves to keep fit and healthy, encouraging the Elizabeth girls to do likewise making sure to hit the gym, go for a run or cycle as well as enjoying the team spirit on the Hockey pitch. She is unfailingly enthusiastic about new ideas and loves a trip! She is also a keen proponent of making sure the Elizabeth girls are constantly well presented so will nag persistently until her high standards are reached.


Of course Miss Condy cannot do all of these things alone in Elizabeth House and has a wonderful team. Miss Condy is joined by Mrs Hanley, highly experienced in the area of pastoral care, and a wonderful font knowledge. Mrs Hanley is passionate about the outdoors and runs the Silver Duke of Edinburgh programme at King Edward’s. Our Matron, Sophia, comes from Bulgaria and is delighted to live in England to be near her family. She is very organised and is always there to listen or help in any way she can. She loves to get involved in all of the activities. Anne our chatty cleaner keeps us on our toes and enjoys very much being part of our community.


Elizabeth House girls are the current  Cockhouse Cup winners. We are very much known for our participation, our enthusiasm and trying our best at everything. It is these characteristics that every girl is encouraged to uphold as an important element of being an Elizabeth girl.


Recognition must be given to Elizabeth’s previous House Parents who have left a legacy that continues to this day.


  • W Fentiman – 1955-59
  • A Grint – 1959-63
  • A MacKinnon – 1963-72
  • J Bailey – 1972-86
  • L Wheeler – 1986-90
  • D Haughton – 1990-93 and 1994-96
  • J Lewis – 1993–94
  • G Pedlar – 1996-2001
  • A Mackey – 2001-04
  • P Innes-Hill – 2004-07
  • J Abraham (née Patton) – 2007-17



Elizabeth House - current cock house cup winners


elizabeth and wakefield - house music winners

Wakefield and Elizabeth Houses took the stage and gave us a fantastic rendition of 'Another brick in the wall' which coincided quite well with half term around the corner. There was a real sense of House Spirit in evidence throughout and their impecable planning and careful rehearsing resutlted in them winning the House Music Cup for a fourth year in a row.



Life in Elizabeth House