Victoria House aims to provide a happy, caring and disciplined environment in which girls from around the world and from a diversity of social backgrounds can grow and mature. The atmosphere that we try to encourage in the House is one of an extended family in which each girl is encouraged to respect others and to learn to live in a community. Each individual will be encouraged to fulfil her full potential and we aim to impart, through education and example, a set of standards and values that will stand the test of time. We hope that through this the pupils will learn to respect themselves and all those with whom they come into contact.
Meet the Housemistress: Mary Alvis
This is my sixth year as Housemistress of Victoria at Framlingham College. I love that every day and every girl is different; in many ways the house is like a family. The girls all support and care for each other. In Victoria we try to teach them more than the academic subjects and it’s so gratifying to watch them grow into confident young women ready to face the world. I am a farmer’s daughter from Devon. I completed a degree in Biology before moving into teaching. Working in schools in Devon, Wiltshire and Suffolk has allowed me to continue to develop my passion for my subject. I am currently training in a tandem sea kayak with my fiancé, with the intention of seeing puffins off the British Coast – this has already involved us capsizing! When I have some spare time I enjoy spending it with my two children and reading. I also really enjoy walking my dog, Tarka in the beautiful Suffolk countryside we’re lucky to have surrounding the College.
History of Victoria
On the 30th July, 1864, Queen Victoria granted the Royal Charter which founded and constituted ‘The Albert Middle Class College in Suffolk’. This was at a time when memorials to Prince Albert were springing up everywhere and the Queen, although something of a recluse after 1861, was more than willing to support projects which perpetuated her husband’s name. In many ways, therefore, it was appropriate that the first girls’ boarding house was named after her.
Victoria is the longest reigning British monarch. She ruled an Empire on which “the sun never set”, administered by young men from the new public schools such as Framlingham – the S.O.F continues to have branches from South Africa to Australia, and from Hong Kong to Canada. She travelled widely on the railways, one of whose humble branch lines brought the first Framlinghamians to the College in 1864. Related to nearly all the crowned heads of Europe she is a singularly suitable patron of a House that now contains many girls from Europe and the wider world.