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Todd House is a home from home for all new boarders. It provides a welcoming and warm environment designed to allow the girls to relax and be themselves.
Owing to the location of Todd House, a short distance from the main buildings, it becomes a sanctuary away from the usual hustle and bustle of the school day. There are swings and a trampoline in the garden along with a flower garden, all of which get plenty of use when the weather allows. There is also a conservatory to relax in and computers to allow the girls to email family and friends or to complete any prep. Unlike the other year groups, the Todds eat breakfast in the boarding house before leaving for school. During the evenings and at weekends the girls enjoy a range of activities, from cake-pop making to learning survival skills in the school grounds. There are also numerous activities outside school, such as visiting the Harry Potter Studios or going to Drayton Manor.
Here is a snippet of what the current Todds think!
When I first started at Tudor, I was really nervous. I thought boarding would be scary and that the teachers wouldn't be very nice. However, the first day was so much fun and the first weekend we went to Wales on a residential and got to know everyone really well. I have made so many friends, many more than I thought I would. All of my teachers are really nice and they help you if you find the work difficult. I really like living in Todd house, we have been on some amazing trips and done some really cool activities. We went to Cadbury's World, Ripley's Believe It or Not, lunch at TGI Friday's, had a circus skills workshop, decopatch and a lacrosse tournament with Cothill School. I am so pleased I came to school here at Tudor Hall. Elsa
When I first joined Tudor I felt very nervous but I was soon to settle in. All the staff and my sixth form buddy Anna where welcoming and made me feel like Tudor was my second home. Todd was a bit scary at first when you don’t have your parents but you settle in really quickly. Emily
Beth Buckner-Rowley Todd Housemistress
I have been Todd housemistress for five years now with my husband Martin (who is in the police force as well as being a house parent and chief spider catcher on his days off) and our four children George (13), Jacob (11), Ruben (8) and Ottilie (5). It has been an amazing year. We try to replicate a little of home life for the girls, and my family are fully involved in Todd life. I am committed to ensuring that the girls are happy and settled and that there is a positive and purposeful atmosphere in the house.
We have a strong team in Todd. I am supported by my resident Deputy, Lauren Nightingale and a resident Gap student assigned to the house, as well as visiting group tutors and form prefects at various times during the week.
I have worked at Tudor Hall since 1998 and started my career as a Spanish teacher and Deputy Housemistress to the Threes. I have had many different roles, from Head of Lancaster (one of our competitive, Vertical Houses), to Group Mistress and Head of Spanish. I am now fortunate to be able to combine my love of Spanish with an enriching pastoral role.
Lauren Nightingale Todd Deputy Housemistress
I joined Tudor Hall as Deputy Housemistress of the IVs in September 2016 and moved to Todd House in 2017. In the past, I have taught a variety of subjects in different schools. Alongside this, I also gained a lot of experience working in an international boarding house in Bedford.
I am a qualified PE teacher, gaining my degree at Brighton University. However, at Tudor I mainly teach GCSE dance and I love helping with the Showcases in this department too! I also thoroughly enjoy running weekly gymnastics clubs at lunch times, as this is my main passion and I competed nationally when I was growing up. In my spare time though, I do take part in many other sports and exercise including badminton, jogging, surfing and climbing. And sometimes I combine these with travelling and experiencing different cultures too!