Boarding house staff

Mellisa McMurray2Mrs Melissa McMurray is the Housemistress of Houldsworth House, St George’s boarding house, where she took up the post in the Autumn term of 2020.

Melissa has extensive experience in working with young people and their families and building trusting relationships. Her husband, Stuart McMurray, has been the full-time chef in Houldsworth for many years.

“The most important part of my role as Housemistress, and the most enjoyable, is building individual relationships with each boarder. My goal is to establish a ‘home away from home’ environment in which the boarders are at ease, happy and thriving here in Houldsworth House and at St George’s. My personal experience of being a parent along with a long history of working with children and families, gives me the experience, understanding and empathy required in this pastoral role. With the support of my team, our aim and priority is to enrich the lives of all boarders in our care.” Melissa McMurray, Housemistress


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The Boarding Team

The Boarding Team comprises resident and non-resident members of staff. A number of other colleagues also run activities in the House, accompany girls on outings and support the boarders academically.                                                             

Mrs Bryce is the Deputy Head responsible for Boarding and the Sixth Form.  She also teaches Mathematics.

Mrs Melissa McMurray (Resident Housemistress)

Miss Phoebe McHugh (Assistant Housemistress)

Mrs Kirsty Hallifax (Resident Houseparent)

Mrs May Gray (Non-resident Houseparent)

Ms Maria Morales (Graduate Boarding Assistant)


Domestic Team

Houldsworth has its own chef and team of domestic staff.

Boarding Tutors

Members of the teaching staff regularly visit Houldsworth to meet with students, have meals with them, supervise homework and run activities in the evenings.

We also benefit from the input of several well-known members of the school’s administrative team.