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25 Jun 2020
New Housemistress Appointed at Houldsworth House

HH FlowersWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Melissa McMurray as Housemistress of Houldsworth House, St George’s boarding house, from the start of the Autumn term 2020.

Melissa is joining us with extensive experience in working with young people and their families and building trusting relationships. She is very familiar with Houldsworth as her husband, Stuart McMurray, has been the full-time chef in Houldsworth for many years.

Melissa is currently working within the Social Work, Children and Families Department at a local authority, where she is responsible for supporting young people, adopters and birth parents. Prior to this she has had a long career within Early Years and childcare where she held varied positions including facilitating Nurture Groups, Parenting groups and being part of a Senior team.

Alongside her post as Resident Housemistress at St George’s, Melissa will also be taking over the role of Young Carers Coordinator for the school.

Melissa commented about her new appointment:

Mellisa McMurray PS

“Through my husband Stuart, we have developed a strong relationship with Houldsworth.  Over the years Stuart has enjoyed getting to know the girls and many of their parents and has found this a very rewarding part of his role. Together we are parents to four children and are passionate about providing a warm, welcoming environment within the boarding house.

“I recently had the pleasure of being part of virtual house meeting and am now so excited to meet the girls in person at the start of the new term.

I am passionate about providing a safe, homely environment and know that when a child’s well-being is nurtured they will in turn be in the best possible position to reach their full potential intellectually, physically and socially.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know each of the girls and their families. I am thrilled to be joining such a friendly team in Houldsworth and am excited about my future at St George’s.”

Mrs McMurray joins St George's at a time when boarding numbers in the house are buoyant and the house’s family atmosphere provides a home from home for girls from all over the world.

Melissa, her husband Stuart and their two youngest children Emily (20) and Ross (13) will be living full-time in Houldsworth House from this August.


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