Hahn House is the Amherst girls’ boarding house, and opened in September 2019. It is supervised by resident staff and boarding assistants. Hahn House was established to cater for our elite tennis players. It enables them to focus on their development as athletes at the LTA’s National Tennis Academy, while following a tailored academic programme at Amherst. Hahn House is now also home to our international girl boarders.
Hahn House is named after Sophie Hahn, a former pupil of the School. Sophie is a Para-sport athlete competing mainly in T38 sprint events. She is a Paralympic Gold Medallist and World Record holder in the T38 Women’s 100m. Hahn claimed her first major medals in 2013 at the World Championships in Lyon where she won T38 100m gold and 200m silver. Since then, she accumulated a number of medals and records:
- 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships, Swansea, Wales T38 100m: Silver T38 400m: Silver T38 4x100m: Silver
- 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, Doha, Qatar T38 4x100m: Gold T38 200m: Silver
- 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships, Grosseto, Italy T38 100m: Gold T38 200m: Silver T35-38 4x100m: Gold
- **2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil **T38 100m: Gold T35-38 4x100m: Silver
- 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, London, United Kingdom T38 100m: Gold T38 200m: Gold
- 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships T38 100m: Gold T38 200m: Gold 4x100m relay: Gold
- **2019 World Para Athletics World Championships, Dubai, UAE **T38 100m: Gold T38 200m: Gold
- Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan T38 100m: gold
Glengairn House is the Amherst boys’ boarding house, which opened in September 2020. The house is run by Mrs West, her husband and a team of boarding assistants. In Glengairn House, we have some Tennis players as well as international students.
Both Houses provide a genuine home from home, and a warm family atmosphere that helps boarders to quickly settle in, to look out for each other and develop a self-awareness and selflessness which will serve them well in life. Both houses are well appointed with large, comfortable bedrooms, recreational facilities and internet access. Every boarder has their own bed with a desk and a wardrobe. Most of our boarders share twin rooms; there are also some single rooms in Hahn House for the most senior pupils.
The boarding staff team are all committed to the boarders in their care; their happiness, development and achievements.
Food and set up for meals:
Every boarder has full access to the Refectory at School for lunches and joins the Grammar School boarders for tea in the evening. Each player also receives some support from a nutritionist, who helps them to empower self-sufficient habits and behaviours. In each boarding house, they also have access to a kitchen where, on occasion, they choose to cook for themselves.
Weekend activities: When our boarders are not away on tournaments, activities are organised for them, such as Masterchef competitions, visits to the cinema, shopping trips, Laser Quest, football trips, Christmas market visits, etc… these activities are always very well received and very good fun!
Statements from boarders:
(Given) I always look forward to boarding as we are like a big family and have so much fun. We’re always looking out for one another and have each other’s backs. Best of all there is enough time to do our homework after training and between training.
(Ranah) I really enjoy boarding because it makes our tennis side of life so much easier to deal with. School is right beside our house so it’s not that long to get to and from. Hahn House is also very homely; I’ve never been homesick because it feels like home all of the time. It’s such an awesome experience.