Meet the boarding team

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

Our boarding staff all bring experience in pastoral care and work to create a warm, family atmosphere. 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

Ms Anna Starushkevych
Ms Angela Lezar
Mrs Tina Williams
Mrs Abigail Earl

Weekend Matrons

Ms Beverley Yorke
Ms Rose Khan

Senior Matron

Miss Fiona Warden

Our medical and pastoral care team

School Medical Officer

All boarders are registered with the School Medical Officer, Dr Krishnan, based at Woodlands Surgery on Bateman Street, next door to our Senior School. She treats and prescribes for students as necessary. The Medical Officer visits the school on a weekly basis and other appointments can be organised if a 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.

Deputy Head: Pastoral

Aodain Flemming

Aodain is our Deputy Head and Senior Leader with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Boarding.

School Counsellor

Jules McCrea

Jules 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 Mary Ward House. She is there for students should they wish to talk to an adult independent of the school.

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

Tanya Fynn

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