Joan's Kitchen - Boys
Senior Boys' House
Housemaster: Mark Speyers
Assistant Housemaster: Mike Dobbs
Non-resident assistants: Mark Nash and Gareth Hook
Matron: Sharon Hunt
Liaison tutor: John Hudson and Alex Lickorish
Group tutors: Mark Nash, Mark Brown, Mike Dobbs, Jason Allen, John Hudson
Contacts: Tel: 01458 444484
The name ‘Joan's Kitchen' (JK) comes from a café on Glaston Road, run by a lady called Joan whose brother ran a transport business in the yard behind. The house was originally a farmhouse and the land ran back to Street Parish Church. In the 1950s, JK accommodated boys as the ‘overflow' from Millfield House. Later that decade, Joan got married and sold the house to the school. The new Joan's Kitchen was opened in September 2002 and is situated on the southern fringe of the school campus. As with all the Chindit Avenue houses, Joan's Kitchen is purpose-built, and is home to 60 boys.
The house has two main common rooms with televisions, DVD and satellite facilities; one is for the Sixth Form and one for the remainder of the house. The main common room has a table football game, pool table and a table tennis table. There is a Quiet Room which contains computers, a selection of books, daily newspapers and monthly magazines. There are small kitchen areas in each of the common rooms for snacks and drinks. Outside there is a floodlit play area for basketball and football.
Joan's Kitchen is a safe and caring environment within which the boys can develop both individually and as a part of a collective. It is vitally important that young people live in an environment that offers them the ability to develop coping skills which allow them to grow into content and well-adjusted adults. The house is home to boys with a wide range of interests and talents ranging from music to drama, rugby to horse riding.
Mark Speyers has been the Housemaster of Joan’s Kitchen since 2013 and previous to this he and his wife, Mary-Ann were assistant houseparents at Kingweston House. Mark teaches English & Media Studies as well as coaching Rugby and Cricket. In addition to his teaching and coaching commitments, he is also is the Staff Induction Coordinator and looks after both new academic and boarding staff.
Before joining Millfield in 2008, Mark taught English at King’s College School, Wimbledon and at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mark is also a keen musician and tries to play his cello in a spare moment, alongside spending time with the family. Mary-Ann read Psychology in South Africa and since moving to the UK has worked for the NHS and Strode College.
The Speyers’ have three young daughters, Lily, Amelia and Grace who love spending time with their 60 “big brothers”.