"All the staff share the common aim of providing an excellent boarding
experience for the pupils to enhance their learning outcomes and make significant
personal and social development to advance their future life chances."
We are proud of our boarding staff! They are dedicated in both senses of the word. Dedicated in that they are first and foremost boarding staff who don't have teaching roles and can therefore put their energies into boarding time at both ends of the school day. Dedicated in that they are dynamic, creative, energetic, patient, caring and intuitive. They are all graduates and many are on their first steps towards a career in education or a related profession. Whilst their youthful dynamism is perfect for our boarders, we also have those who have many, many years of experience drawn from other boarding schools, as well as More House itself. Each member of staff will generally work with a year group of boarders for at least two years, often more, and this consistency is so important to our boys and parents.
Mr Fred Pennell | Head of Boarding; Deputy Head
Mr Pennell has been at More House since 2015 having previously worked as a Housemaster at King Edward’s School, Witley (about 10 miles from More House). He has taught Physical Education to ‘A’ Level and I.B. Sports Science over a 35-year career that has seen him work in schools in Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, Cape Town and New Zealand. He continues to oversee the development of an excellent team of boarding staff at More House, whilst also enjoying his sporting pursuits (cricket, football, cycling and water sports) when away from school alongside his wife Jane at their home in Bournemouth.
Mr Luke Webb | Deputy Head of Boarding, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator
Mr Webb is Deputy Head of Boarding at More House and has a connection to the school stretching from his time here as a pupil leaving in 1996. A staff member since 2005, he is vastly experienced in his support of boarders and currently works within the Sixth Form corridor in St. Anthony’s boarding house. He is the ‘go-to’ person for organising evening excursions and generally everything else that makes boarding tick!
His expertise is in Outdoor pursuits and his boarding role is supplemented by his work as whole-school coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme plus the annual school ski-trip.
Miss Julia Collington | Senior Housemistress
Miss Collington joined us in January 2017, and was previously an experienced Housemistress at King Edwards, Witley, where she started life as a House Matron. Highly respected by staff and boarders alike, she has been the Senior Housemistress in Main House (years 6-9) for the past three years and is continuing in this position whilst also moving towards a full-time teaching role at More House. We very much hope to keep her involved in boarding in some capacity once she develops her teaching commitments progress.
She is another highly accomplished baking expert in addition to her considerable drama-teaching abilities in the wider school. The boys also know her to be someone who likes to take on a challenge and she has completed 10km swims (in the school pool) and walked half the breadth of the UK in recent years to raise money for school charities.
Mr Rory Flynn | Housemaster, Coordinator of Extra Curricular Activities
Mr Flynn is no longer the newest of our boarding staff, having arrived here in September 2017 from a similar position at the Royal Alexandra’s School in Surrey. He has extensive More House experience having been Head Boy at the school before going off to study Art at University. He has now been working with the 6th form boarders for the past few years, having 'graduated' from the Year 8s. His work in developing their independence skills in the new 6th form kitchen has already made its mark. Mr Flynn is also the school's Coordinator of Extra Curricular Activities, and is responsible for organising after-school activities across the school.
Outside of school he is an already exhibited artist and has further ambition to extend his career in this direction. He is also a very fine golfer with a single-figure handicap.
Miss Sarah Roberts | Housemistress
Miss Roberts has been housemistress in the Main House junior corridor since September 2015. Her specialist support of the boarders in Years 6 and 7 has seen many creative and active initiatives which have stretched her boarders' imaginations, promoted self-organisation and kept them active.
Miss Charlotte Edwards | Housemistress
Miss Edwards is currently working with the Year 10 boarders in St Anthony's House. Previously, she worked for eight years as an Additional Needs Play worker whilst in education herself, and went on to study English Literature at Cardiff University. Miss Edwards is a frequent traveller and would one day love to go for a year in Japan as an EFL teacher.
After graduating, Miss Edwards worked as a Year 3 Teaching Assistant and Sports Coach at a prep school and also spent six months in Kerala, India as an English Language teacher. Between these roles, Miss Edwards has so far spent three summers at a sleepaway summer camp in America as a Lifeguard and then Group Leader on boys camp, working with her group from 7 to 10 years old.
Miss Lucia Roe | Housemistress
Miss Roe joined our boarding team as Sixth Form Housemistress in January 2020. Her previous experience includes activity leading in a language school, providing exam support to university students and volunteering as an outreach ambassador for a primary enrichment programme.
Baking is one of Miss Roe’s main interests, but she also enjoys film and exploring National Trust and English Heritage places due to her love of early modern history. She is hoping to fully utilise her holiday time to travel extensively, attend music festivals and visit her family in South Devon.
Miss Roe has long-term teaching aspirations leading on from her degree in Theology and plans to pursue a PGCE in future.
Mr Harry Richmond | Housemaster
Mr Richmond has joined us as the Year 8 Houseparent having completed a year working in boarding at another school, and following his successful graduation as an Engineering student at Portsmouth University.
His eclectic range of interests cover a number of sports such as kickboxing and ice hockey, as well as his passion for cars.
He has willingly taken up the mantle of boarding's resident Maths expert and will be the 'go to' person for all ages of boarders with those thorny Maths conundrums!
Additional boarding staff
We are fortunate to be able to draw upon two additional part-time boarding staff, who both have full-time roles within the day school.
Miss Hannah Wilmott | Boarding Housemistress(part-time), PE Teacher, Head of Year 11
Miss Hannah Willmott has worked for two-nights per week in support of the Year 9 boarders, alongside her daytime role as Head of Year 11 and member of the PE department. Her contribution towards evening sports activities, as well as assisting Miss Collington in Main House, has been invaluable.
Mr Liam Matthews | Boarding Housemaster(part-time), Occupational Therapist
Mr Liam Matthews works full-time as one of the LDC staff with specialism in Occupational Therapy. His two nights in boarding are spent in support of the Year 11 boarders alongside Mr Webb. He is the third of our boarding staff who is a former More House pupil and has also brought his LDC wisdom, sporting fanaticism and youthful energy into our team.