Beale House

Mrs Diane Airey  BEd Hons Cantab

Diane is married to Martin and they have a daughter who is currently studying at university.

Contact Information

Mrs Diane Airey

Telephone: +44 (0)15242 79212

Beale is home to girls aged eight to thirteen. There is a strong bond between the girls and a warm family atmosphere. The security  of their term time home encourages the girls to develop and grow as individuals.

House Profile

All meals are eaten together, as a family.

In the evening there is a varied programme of activities, run by an experienced, caring team of house staff. This enables the girls to further enjoy the wonderful facilities on offer at the school.

Weekend activities usually take us further afield, in to the beautiful countryside that we are so lucky to live in. So far this year, weekend activities have included, fell walking, go-karting, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, archery, air rifles, high ropes and gorge walking.

House History

Beale House is named in memory of Dorothea Beale, pioneer of women’s education.

Dorothea became a student at Queen's College for Women when it first opened in 1848. Dorothea did so well that when she finished her studies they appointed her as their first woman mathematics tutor.
In 1856 Dorothea  became Head Teacher at Casterton School.

She then went on to be the Head Teacher of Cheltenham Ladies College.

Dorothea Beale eventually became vice-president of the Central Society for Women's Suffrage.

In 1885, she founded a new institution, St Hilda's College, Cheltenham - a teachers' training college.

In 1893, she founded St Hilda's Hall at Oxford, later St Hilda's College, Oxford. She was an active supporter of the suffragette movement.

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