The hub of the Lower School, 1st and 2nd Forms, is Queen Mary House (QMH), an historic, impressive and family-oriented building with Mr and Mrs Gardner the House Parents. Their vocation is to ensure that school life in and around the House is the best introduction into senior school, with everyone’s well-being a core focus. Both day and boarding pupils congregate in the lovely main entrance every morning and at lunch time for registration and notices. At break and lunchtime, pupils may return the House. Matron and/or Mrs Gardner are always on hand.
Mr and Mrs Gardner joined King Edward’s in 2016, along with their children Alfie and Amelia, who both attend our partner Prep School and nursery, Barrow Hills. The Gardner family is completed with their dog, Molly and cat, Boots. Both play an active part in the life of QMH!
Mr Gardner is also Head of Lower School so is close to all the academic, co-curricular and pastoral needs of all QMH pupils. This is a House that knows the pupils as individuals and helps them all to pursue their passions and talents, always offering up new opportunities and adventures.
Mr Gardner trained at the Royal Central School of Speech in Drama in London, graduating in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. He has worked in various leadership roles in education, including Director of Boarding and Head of Sixth Form. Mrs Gardner is a trained actress and has graced the West End stage on many occasions, including being the leading lady in The Mousetrap. She has worked in education for several years now, teaching LAMDA, singing and being a House Parent. No drama is ever too much!
Mr and Mrs Gardner describe QMH as “a vibrant, happy House that aims to provide every pupil with a broad learning experience in and out of the classroom. We motivate them all to work and play hard, as well as embrace new challenges and opportunities. We are home to exceptional musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen, academics, performers and artists, and what is incredible is how well the pupils support and celebrate each other’s successes. QMH is, ultimately, the best form of preparation for senior school life.”
House Parents: Mr and Mrs Gardner
Assistant House Parent: Mrs Thorpe
Matron: Miss Ward
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