"With its nooks and crannies, secret corridors and little staircases that double-back on themselves, Allenby feels more like a lovable eccentric old home than a boarding house. Girls from all over the world live here and really feel part of our big, friendly family, mixing and socialising in our big downstairs Common Room, or turning out in large numbers to cheer on our House teams."
Clare Cohen Housemistress, Allenby
Allenby was built in 1867 by its first Housemaster, the poet and mystic James Rhoades, and was originally called Highfield, presumably because of its location.
In 1937, it was renamed in honour of Field Marshal the Viscount Allenby, Old Haileyburian and liberator of Jerusalem.
Having been converted, Allenby re-opened as the second of Haileybury's five girls’ Houses in 1984.
The House badge is of an eagle displayed, an eagle being the symbol of courage, perspicacity and strength. The House motto is Sursum Corda (raise up your hearts), also the motto of Haileybury itself, and House colours are blue and pale blue.
Allenby has a reputation for being friendly and fun, but the girls are also recognised as being kind, caring and hard-working.
It is this combination that makes Allenby such a special place. Regardless of age, the girls join together to create a strong, closely-knit community, looking out for and supporting each other.
The emphasis in Allenby is on commitment, teamwork, trust and responsibility. Together, the Housemistress and her tutor team provide a secure, happy environment in which girls can enjoy their time and achieve success at Haileybury.
Girls are encouraged not only to reach their full academic best, and get into the university of their choice, but also to become well-rounded, socially-aware citizens who contribute fully to society.
They should be able to hold their own in the world of work, sustain relationships with others and, in time, pass on stable values to their own families.
Girls in the Removes live in a large high-ceilinged dormitory, before moving on to shared bedrooms and eventually bedsits.
There are two large Common Rooms, as well as a computer room. Fast broadband WiFi is available throughout the House.
Clare Cohen was appointed House Mistress of Allenby in 2013. Married to Jonathan, she has two children, Charlie and Eleanor.
Clare read Chemistry at University College London, where she was captain of the Boat Club and an active member of the Music Society. After completing a PGCE at St Peter’s College, Oxford, she joined Haileybury in 2007. As well as teaching Chemistry, Clare runs the school’s PHSE department. A keen rower and runner, she’s also a talented multi-instrumentalist.
As Clare says, "Every girl is encouraged to take advantage of the superb facilities and activities the College has to offer, especially in sport, music and drama. They are free to talk to us at any time and we are always on hand to support their academic progress, as well as their social development. I'm very proud of the atmosphere and ethos we have in Allenby. The girls describe the House as: friendly, homely, warm, happy, welcoming, joyful, supportive, loud and passionate … and that’s about right."
Clare is supported in her work by an experienced team of Tutors at Allenby, in addition to a House Matron who helps with the day-to-day domestic management of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents' Association. To find out more about the team of Tutors at Allenby, life in House, and about the House HPA representative, please click on the links below: