We’re delighted to appoint Jo Wintle as the new Housemistress for College Lawn. Jo brings a wealth of boarding experience and joins us from Cheltenham Ladies College where she is currently Housemistress of a boarding house and teaches English. Prior to this, she was Head of Higher Education and Careers at CLC and also taught for three years at Sevenoaks school in Kent.
Jo has plenty of experience as a boarder herself, having boarded at Dulwich Prep School, King’s Canterbury, and in her sixth form at Sevenoaks. She graduated from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, before embarking on her teaching career.
Jo will be joined in College Lawn by her husband Simon, a former PE Teacher and Ironman triathlete, who works in Risk Management for large corporate and charity cycling events alongside his business as a Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist. They have a young son Arthur who will be 4 this summer. He loves living in their current boarding house and has made firm friends amongst the girls. His hobbies are cycling, tennis and dressing up as Batman.
Jo says “As an English teacher my first love is reading and I’m first in line for the National Theatre Live screenings in Cheltenham, when time permits. I love cooking and baking, and Arthur and I have a good repertoire of cakes and biscuits which we make regularly. I’m proud that I have a three-year-old who can crack an egg without getting shell in the cake mix! I can’t wait to get baking with the girls in the College Lawn kitchen.”
“I’m also keen on crafts and creative pursuits. I always have a never-ending tapestry on the go, and have recently taken up painting after a long break. I’ve even dabbled in upcycling furniture, with varied success! I like growing vegetables and flowers too, and last year had particularly successful tomato, chilli and sweet pea crops. I hope the girls and I will be able to take over a corner of the College Lawn garden to turn our hands to growing some produce.”
“It’s really important to me that the house is a source of pride, and that the girls feel ownership of it. Alongside my team, I will work hard to ensure that your daughter is well-supported and cared for. I find living in a boarding house, sharing a home with the girls in my care, a hugely rewarding and enriching experience. I look forward to working with you to support your daughter through these precious, vital years. College Lawn will be a welcoming, friendly and happy house, and your daughter’s time with us will be one that she reflects on in the future as a source of funny anecdotes, warm reflections and enriching, lasting friendships."
"I look forward to welcoming your daughter to College Lawn, and to supporting her in settling in and making her mark. The establishment of a new house is a huge opportunity for all of us who will share in it, and I know that the first girls to join the new house will hold a very special place in our community. “