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Situated between Boyne House and Hazelwell is Ashmead, whose emblem of the ‘apple’ is symbolic of the fact that this modern, purpose built girls’ boarding house occupies the site of what used to be Boyne House orchard.

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Ashmead in October 2000, having opened its doors to its first cohort of girls just a few weeks earlier. It opened at full capacity and has remained a popular choice ever since! Ashmead currently has a maximum boarding capacity of 64 girls with roughly 12 girls in each year group. With 'the family' at Ashmead’s heart, whether that be our family, the vertical House families, or the wider Ashmead community, we strive to replicate just a little of ‘home life’. We are extremely proud of our House. You are always more than welcome to come and visit us!

I started life at College in 2010 as an Ashmead tutor and Spanish teacher and in 2013, I became Head of Modern Languages and moved to Westal as a Resident Tutor with my husband Matthew and our twin girls, Zara and Tula. I spent most of my early academic life in Spain but then decided to study Modern Languages in the UK, following this with a PGCE. My family and I are passionate about food, not least due to my husband’s career as a chef. Food is a key aspect of the Spanish culture and in our experience, any activity in House involving food is always a success! 

What attracts me most about boarding is being able to interact with pupils in different spheres of school life, be it sport, co-curricular, or in House. I feel very privileged to have returned to Ashmead and the warmth, the fun and the vibrancy that the girls bring to the House. Our aim is to nurture each individual girl so that she can achieve her best.