St. Clare was College’s first house for day girls. Opened in 1912 as the "Day Boarders' House" and renamed St. Clare the following year. During the first years of World War I, St. Clare served the purpose of War Workshop, where items useful for the war effort, from sun shields to sandbags, were made by staff and girls in their spare time. St. Clare moved to Parabola Road in September 1984 to the building named 'Eversleigh' by the girls, after an earlier College boarding house.
St. Clare provides girls with a warm, nurturing environment in which new friendships and opportunities are openly embraced. The girls have a respectful attitude towards each other, undertaking activities with enthusiasm and vigour.
My name is Antoinette Wilson and I have been the Housemistress of St Clare since September 2009. Before that I was Housemistress of Bayshill, the Sixth Form day girls’ house for 6 years.
I trained at The New College of Speech and Drama in London and then went on to teach in many different schools, both state and independent, infant, primary and secondary until coming to College as a part –time Drama teacher in 1994. In 1997 I became a full time member of the Drama Department and since then I have directed many productions here at College. I also enjoy acting and directing outside College. Last year I was awarded the title of Best Actress in Gloucestershire amateur theatre and I also directed a large scale production of Marlowe’s “Edward II” at Berkeley and Warwick Castles and at Oriel College, Oxford and Gloucester Cathedral.
I have a daughter, Eleanor, who went to CLC and who shares my passion for theatre having just finished her MA in Shakespeare Studies at Stratford. I also have a son, Richard and a wonderfully supportive husband, Chris.