The Vs (15+)

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The Vs’ boarding house is the home to all year 11 girls at Tudor Hall.

The main focus in the Vs’ boarding house is to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere in order to allow each girl to work to their full potential. The girls are allowed to work in their dorms throughout the day during free periods as well as during prep sessions. This allows the girls to develop and use their independent learning skills.

In the Vs’ we also value the importance of extracurricular activities in the boarding house and encourage all of the girls to partake in such. It is always fantastic to see how talented our girls are in and out of the classroom, and we want to encourage them on all accounts. We run weekend activities on Saturday nights and Sundays throughout all three terms give the girls a break from their very busy timetables. We understand that it is imperative to have a healthy balance of work and play in order to succeed on all levels.

What do the girls think?

I feel like I have more independence in the Vs. It seems like we have grown closer as a year with all of the academic pressure. We all help each other through it! Jazzy

I really enjoy when we have Saturday night movie and snack nights! We also have time to have fun on trips such as paintballing and trips to Daylesford Farm. All of the teachers are really supportive and it’s great to have so many staff helping us in the boarding houses in the evening. Charisse

I love how in the Vs we are given more freedom and can work in the house. There is a friendly atmosphere and there always seems to be lots to do! Having extracurricular activities can make the schoolwork seem less stressful. Jess

Mrs Duncan-Jones and Mr Duncan Vs House Parents

We are very excited to be your House Parents for the year. We have taught in schools both here in England and also in New Zealand and as active members of the PE department it comes as no surprise that our main hobby is sport! We also both enjoy travelling overseas and family holidays in Cornwall and Devon.  As part of our family come our two little boys, Huw and Lloyd, who are both very excited to meet you and play with you all – when you’re not busy working of course! Huw loves dinosaurs, building train tracks and running around, and Lloyd is always seen with a bat and/or a ball in his hand, enjoys singing nursery rhymes and playing with noisy toys! 

Debbie Sellers Vs Deputy Housemistress

I arrived at Tudor Hall last year and am really enjoying life in the Vs house.  For the past 16 years, I have been a History teacher and boarding house tutor in schools both in England and abroad.  This year, in addition to being a boarding house parent, I will be teaching a bit of GCSE History and helping with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme - always more than happy to offer support in house with either whenever needed.

In my spare time, I enjoy sport, playing the piano, and singing, and will take any chance to top up on East African sunshine and friendships.  I also love the excuse to get out for a walk, particularly if it involves hills and mountains. For down time, there’s nothing better than collapsing in front of the Bake-Off with a cup of tea, although playing with my new kitten, Mac, comes a close second.