Sixth Form


Boarding in the sixth form is a great preparation for university. Girls usually have twin rooms in the Lower Sixth and single rooms in the Upper Sixth. New girls share with a girl who has been in the school a while and can help them make friends and find their way around. There are cookers in several kitchens and the housemistresses guide the girls through a series of easy recipes which are nutritious and quick to prepare. There are also washing machines so that girls can do their own laundry.

In the sixth form boarding house there are few compulsory trips, but rather a range of activities and events chosen by the girls. At weekends girls may go into Banbury or Oxford or home to visit parents. Saturday and Sunday evenings are usually community times when the girls get together to watch their favourite TV show and relax. At other times they use the library, the dedicated sixth form art and textiles room or their own rooms to work on their AS/A levels and a range of extra-curricular activities.

Inglis (LVI) 16+

Moving into the sixth form is an exciting new phase of life, where new and existing girls make a fresh start together on their journey towards adulthood. Inglis is a modern, purpose-built block, linked to the UVI house. We recognise that girls of this age are moving towards greater independence. We aim to create a “half-way house” between a family home and a university hall of residence, where girls can begin to manage their lives in a safe and nurturing environment. Girls are accommodated in comfortable, twin-bedded study rooms. They have a common room and a laundry room, kitchen and dining area, which enable them to develop life skills needed for university. There is a grassy quad, where girls sit outside at weekends in nice weather and where house barbecues are held.

Girls have the opportunity to serve on the Sixth Form House Council, which influences trips, activities and the general running of the house. Typical weekend activities include trips to West End musicals, socials with boys’ schools, meals out and the cinema, in addition to in-house cookery sessions, barbecues and tea parties. There are also subject-based activities such as visits to art galleries and in-house workshops. Most girls seize the opportunity to participate in programmes such as Tudor in Four Continents, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh and Young Enterprise. Many remain committed to sport and participate in weekend matches. LVI girls are allowed to go to Banbury or Oxford in small groups or home for lunch at the weekend. They also have two privilege weekends per term, when they can visit their families or friends.

What do the girls say?

We have more independence, but the house staff are never far away when we need them.  Olivia

In the 6th form, the dorms are really nice and modern. We get a really big desk each which is really good for our increased workload. It feels a lot like it would at university, so I think that this gets us used to what it will be like. These have been my favourite dorms throughout the school, as they feel a lot more mature and grown up.  Tilly

I love the kitchen because it is not only a place to cook but also a place to socialise. It allows me to cook the food I like with my friends, preparing me for university  Sophie

My mum loves the fact that we have washing machines because it teaches me to be independent and means I don't bring dirty washing home at the weekend!  Lily

Inglis (16+) Housestaff

Inglis house is named after a former Headmistress.

Julie Gunning LVI Housemistress

I have worked in education for around 20 years in which time I have worked in several areas such as behaviour support, exams and assessment and development. Finally about 7 years ago I became a Housemistress; my absolute dream job! 

I love being with the girls and I am passionate about making sure they all have a great time in lower sixth. My door is always open; whether you want advice on how to use the washing machine, to chat through university courses, tell me about your driving lessons or just spend time together in the evening chatting about your day. In Inglis we eat a lot of ice cream, drink a lot of hot chocolate and enjoy a variety of movies together.

Inglis House is a fantastic place to live. The boarding team in sixth form work hard to ensure that whilst girls can enjoy the greater sense of freedom and responsibility, they still benefit from a warm home from home environment that provides excellent pastoral care.

Along with my responsibilities in the house I am also the Extra-Curricular co-ordinator for the whole school and I support the LVI charity prefects in their fundraising ventures. 

My spare time is spent working with upcoming musicians as a tour manager or booking agent; I also regularly visit my friends and family back in Cumbria and Yorkshire and during the long summer months I love to sail around the west coast of Scotland or even take off on an overseas adventure. 
I have one son; he lives in Oxford and works at the Ashmoleum and Natural History museums, so he gets to meet the girls from Tudor Hall quite regularly!

Lizzi Snoddon LVI Deputy Housemistress

Having attended boarding school myself from the age of 8 to 16 I have always known that wanted to work in a pastoral role within a boarding school. Having completed my GCSEs and A Levels I attended University in Portsmouth where I studied a BA Hons in Photography and continued on to a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education. My first teaching post took me to the beautiful island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands for 4 years, where I worked closely with the Sixth Form students in both academic and pastoral roles. Having completed my contract in Guernsey I moved to Berkshire where I have been working with closely with students in Years 7-13; again in both academic and pastoral roles.

As Inglis Deputy Housemistress I have thrown myself into the challenges and excitement that comes with such an important and fun filled role. It is a great privilege to work with such amazing girls and being there to support them academically and emotionally at such an important and often stressful time of their lives. Whether it is sitting and helping them with their academic studies or spending time with them chatting about their week, watching TV and films and generally having fun, life is never dull.

As well as being Inglis Deputy I am the Exchange Co-ordinator, Head of Photography, Marketing Photographer and I run a number of extra-curricular clubs. I have a dog called Ar'fa, a black Sprocker Spaniel, who enjoys nothing more than long walks and spending time with the girls.

Outside of teaching I am a keen photographer and artist and like to keep developing my own skills and work alongside my work role. I am also a rugby player and coach and love being outdoors. 

Ashtons (17+) Housestaff

Kate Hart UVI Housemistress

I have been extremely fortunate as I started my career at Tudor Hall as an NQT, and my role has developed considerably over the past thirteen years, offering me new and exciting challenges. My positions as Head of Sixth Form Boarding, Head of PSHE, Head of Tudor House and Ashtons housemistress have allowed me to combine the love of my subject with my pastoral strengths.

In January 2010 I began my tenure as UVI Housemistress. This was a role I was keen to take on as I had known for a while I wanted my career to follow the pastoral path. Building strong relationships and nurturing each individual girl has been a highly rewarding experience for me. Managing a Sixth Form of 100 girls, where achieving success is paramount takes great organisation, careful planning and excellent communication skills. I feel my ability to inspire and encourage, whilst diffusing stress and anxiety is one of my greatest strengths.

As the UVI Housemistress I encourage the girls to become more independent, preparing them well for life after school. For the majority of our students this entails applying for university, so I offer support and advice with UCAS applications as well as references and personal statements.

Since starting at Tudor Hall, my husband and I are lucky to now have two children, Max aged ten and Isabella aged five. They both love being part of the boarding community and the variety it brings. I feel the girls we look after benefit greatly from growing up as part of our extended family, learning and observing the roles and dynamics of working parents.

Kelly Thornton UVI Housemistress

I have been at Tudor Hall for three years and I love it here in the UVI. I have previously worked in two other boarding years, the IIIs and LVI, so I know all about the ups and downs of boarding life.

I’m also a qualified PE teacher and will be returning to the PE department in the not too distant future.

Being a PE teacher, I do love sport. When I find the time I do enjoy keeping fit. Although most of my activity these days is running around after two small children. Both my girls love being part of boarding life and I struggle to get them out of the boarding house and away from the girls, especially at bed time. When I do have spare time and the energy have found a new love for yoga.