Alfred House is currently home to the School’s male boarders in Years 10 to 13. Based in the heart of the School and with access to all of the School’s facilities, Alfred House is a home away from home for many of our students.
The thirty-nine rooms, many newly-refurbished, house just over sixty pupils and vary from en-suite single bedrooms to shared bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities.
The students’ very well furnished personal space is complemented by a wide range of communal areas in which our boarders come together to cook (in either of the two kitchens), play table tennis, pool, or any other of many options available in the ‘Games Room’, practise music (on their own instruments, or on either of the two pianos), watch sports, films or other shows (on a large-screen TV), or just hang out with their friends.
A well-equipped laundry room with a number of washing machines and tumble dryers is also available for use in the house. There are five resident tutors, not including the Houseparent who lives in a flat overlooking the House.
The students residing in Alfred House are encouraged to make their views known and given the opportunity to help put them into practice by securing a position on the Alfred House Council. This is a flexible student body which includes a House Captain and his Deputy, as well as up to five other senior prefects: Academic, Wellbeing, Social and Facilities/Environment Secretaries and a Treasurer.
One other such source of assistance are the dedicated boarding tutors who regularly set time aside for each student. Furthermore, at least one member of staff is always easily available to boarders, day or night
- Mr N Munteanu MCCT, Houseparent, Teacher of EAL and Global Perspectives
Having first became a boarding tutor in 2007 in Alfred House, Mr Munteanu is now delighted by the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards brought by being the Houseparent of such a sizeable and culturally diverse community. He believes in ensuring the best possible boarding context for individual boarders’ happiness and success, but also for building firm and proactive connections with those around them. Conveniently, the traditional image of King Alfred can be of some guidance: a resilient leader with a self-confessed love of life-long learning and proven track record for sharing and using the knowledge available to the benefit of the people around him.
- Mrs N Martin-Herbig, Assistant Houseparent, Teacher of German and Spanish
Since joining Alfred House, Mrs Martin has worked tirelessly to create a home away from home where boarders can relax, socialise and study comfortably. There is always more to be done, but the visual and practical improvements, many owed to a great extent to Mrs Martin’s efforts, are pleasantly obvious as soon as you walk through the front door of the House.
- Mr T Brunt, Resident Tutor, Teaching Assistant
- Mr L Lockhart, Resident Tutor, Head of Hockey
- Dr K Dickers, Resident tutor, Higher Education, Careers and Research Leader
The original Ashford School boarding accommodation, once the School moved to East Hill in 1913, was in what is now affectionately called ‘Old Alfred’. Alfred House is the uninterrupted continuator of that first House and, therefore, the oldest of our present four boarding houses.
The boarders currently live in two connected buildings: (New) Alfred, opened in 1974, and Nightingale (Florence Nightingale is thought to have visited!). The former, a comparatively young construction on the ancient East Hill, is perfectly positioned to allow access to a multitude of sport facilities, as well as offering from its upper floor beautiful leafy views extending all the way to the North Downs. The latter is a Georgian listed building which, for a number of decades starting in the 1920s, used to be a distinct Ashford School boarding house and, prior to that, even a school in its own right.
While not entirely certain, the name of Alfred House seems to be a reflection of the popularity in earlier centuries of one of the most favourably imagined English historical figures: King Alfred the Great (d. 899).