Meet the boarding team

Our caring team of staff support boarders every step of the way.

At St Mary's School, Cambridge, pastoral care and happiness are important. We believe young people achieve more if they are happy at school. That is why our pastoral care is second-to-none from Junior School, through to Sixth Form.

Boarding staff

Our team of boarding staff all bring experience in pastoral care and work to create a warm, family atmosphere for boarders. Our staff live with and watch over our boarders, helping them to settle in and encouraging them to relax and enjoy their leisure time. 

Title Name
Head of Boarding Miss Claire Elliott
Housemistress Miss Katie Phillips
Boarding Matrons


Mrs Trish Hale
Mrs Rose Khan
Miss Sharlene Walton

Boarding Tutors

Miss Olympia Severis (English Teacher)
Miss Jemma Cleary (RS Teacher)

Boarding Assistants

Miss Jodie Mack (Sport's graduate)
Mrs Abigail Earl 

Gap Year students

Miss Abbey Downes
Miss Phoebe Halley 

Our medical and pastoral care team

Medical and pastoral care

Aodain Fleming

Deputy Head: Pastoral

Kay Dodsworth

Lay Chaplain

Yvonne Green

School counsellor

Mrs Kay Dodsworth, Lay Chaplain

Our excellent Lay Chaplain, Mrs Kay Dodsworth is trained as an expert listener. Students can visit her without the need for an appointment in the Chaplaincy Room.

Yvonne Green, School counsellor

Our fully trained, part-time school Counsellor, Mrs Yvonne Green sees students confidentially by arrangement. Sessions can be arranged by the student themselves, by referral from the nurses or teachers, tutors or our boarding team.

We also have an independent listener, whose contact details are readily available on posters throughout the boarding area. She is there for students should they wish to talk to an adult independent of the school.

School Medical Officer

All boarders are registered with the School Medical Officer, Dr Lea-Cox, who is based at Trumpington Road Medical Centre. She treats and prescribes for students as necessary. Dr Lea-Cox visits the school on a weekly basis and other appointments can be organised if the need arises. Boarders who study with us for less than one term will not be registered with the School Medical Officer, but will still be treated if needed under the NHS temporary resident arrangements.

School nurses

Our Medical Centre is staffed by three part-time registered nurses who assist students between 8.00am and 4.00pm. Outside of these hours our Head of Boarding, Housemistress, and Boarding Matrons, who all hold a first aid qualification, are responsible for the care of our boarders.

Claire Green

School nurse

Tanya Fynn

School nurse

Medical emergencies are seen at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, a centre of excellence in the region.