Dorter House

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Dorter House is one of the Girls' Boarding Houses at Bede's.

Although its name comes from the Old French word 'dotour' meaning 'room', there is nothing old or fusty about Dorter House - or the rooms in it!

The beautiful dormitories in Dorter were designed in-house by a team of pupils and staff and opened in 2007. The House is based in extremely peaceful, beautiful surroundings, with views from the bedrooms over the school lake and woods.

Something that sets Dorter House apart from the other Girls' Houses is not only our location but our philosophy. We like to think of ourselves as a second family, a warm, comfortable home where all of our girls are encouraged to express themselves, make friends, find their talents and thrive.

Dorter is a house brimming over with laughter, a place for dancers, actors, sportswomen and academics to grow, make friends and learn to love life. Plus, our work with charities, the School Council and our stream of spectacularly well-organised parties and events - planned by the Dorter girls, for the Dorter girls - means that there's always something going on for you to enjoy, no matter who you are or what you like.

This page will be regularly updated with what's going on in Dorter House, including what's exciting and what's new.

We hope you come back regularly to keep up to date on all the astonishing things our girls are achieving.

Learn more about the facilities in Dorter House >
Alex Murphy
I am really passionate about my job because I get to guide and support young people to realise and exceed their aspirations. My aim is to have a positive impact on all the pupils I teach and tutor.

Alex Murphy, Dorter Housemistress and Head of Academic Dance

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I am really passionate about my job because I get to guide and support young people to realise and exceed their aspirations. My aim is to have a positive impact on all the students I teach and tutor.

Alex Murphy, Dorter Housemistress and Head of Academic Dance

My hope and ambition as a teacher is to inspire my pupils to be inquisitive and instil within them the desire to always want to find out more.

Taf Mpandawana, Deputy Dorter Housemaster and Teacher of Science

Witnessing students become passionate about a country as they delve into its language and culture and revel in their newfound ability to communicate is uniquely rewarding.

Andrew Walker, Teacher of French and Spanish

I aim to instil an appreciation of the beauty of the ideas and applications of Mathematics and an awareness and tolerance of other people in our community.

Dr Andrew Carroll, Head of Fencing, Teacher of Mathematics and Dorter House Tutor

In the globalised world of tablets, cloud computing and the Creative Commons, few things could be as important as ensuring that we all take an active and constructive role in our physical and digital communities.

Chris Betts, Head of ICT and Computing and Dorter House Tutor

If I manage to impart values to my students, over and above obvious linguistic skills, then I may call myself a successful teacher.

Henrik Rohmer, Teacher of German and Dorter House Tutor

I aim to inspire every one of our students and support them to be the best they can be and feel confident participating fully in their lessons.

Veronique Ganivet, Resident Tutor in Dorter House and Teacher of French

I believe that teaching is an art, and may be the greatest of the arts. If we do our jobs well then we can empower young people to have limitless aspirations.

Jason Henham, Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Mathematics and Dorter House Tutor

Education is about teaching children how to think, not what to think.

Jason Cook, Head of EAL and Dorter House Tutor

There is nothing more satisfying than enabling a student to take an idea, refine and develop it, and see them create something truly unique and inspirational.

Ema Excell, Head of Photography, Teacher of Art and Design and Dorter House Tutor

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship, and friendship is one of the defining features of life in Dorter House.

Jackie Turner, Dorter House Matron

When you have a problem, rules don't solve your problem. What will help is caring first and education second.

Zekija Dozgic, Dorter House Matron