Mrs Ali Visser
Mrs Ali Visser
Housemistress
Mrs Visser has many years’ experience as a Housemistress; she has a home attached to Joyce Walters which she shares with her husband and two sons. As well as being a Housemistress, Mrs Visser teaches History and Politics in the Fifth Form and above. She has a BA from the University of Southampton, completed her PGCE in Leeds and has postgraduate qualifications in Boarding Practice and SpLD.
Miss Lucy Setterington
Miss Lucy Setterington
Deputy Housemistress
Alongside being Deputy Housemistress, Miss Setterington teaches Physical Education. She completed her undergraduate degree at York St John University and her PGCE at Bath Spa University. Miss Setterington enjoys playing tennis and golf, having recently retired from football.
Mrs Rosie Smedley
Mrs Rosie Smedley
Day Housemistress
Mrs Smedley looks after the house during the day. She joined St Mary’s in 2015 after teaching Design and Technology in secondary schools for 35 years, and still enjoys cookery and textiles. Mrs Smedley loves holidays in the UK, and open water swimming and SCUBA diving - but only in hot destinations! She enjoys the benefits of living in the countryside, with great country walks and ‘lazy’ cycling.
Mrs Sally Thorneloe
Mrs Sally Thorneloe
Day Housemistress
Mrs Thorneloe looks after Joyce Walters House during the day on Mondays and Tuesdays, accompanied by her black cocker spaniel, Swift. Her background is in wine and tea tasting. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and is a volunteer for a local conservation organisation outside work.


Joyce Walters is one of the Fifth Form Boarding Houses; we look after girls who are studying in UV Form (their second year studying for their GCSEs).

House Tutors from amongst the academic staff also come in during the evening. The system of House Tutors works well, giving students an opportunity to meet with teaching staff in a more informal environment.

Communication between parents and House Staff is paramount. Mrs Visser will be delighted to speak with you and can be reached either by telephone on 01249 857280 or by mobile phone on 07980 978252. Her e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. E-mails are checked on a regular basis.


Joyce Walters House

The House is named after Mrs Walters who was Headmistress of St Mary’s from 1972 until 1985, which was when the House opened. It is nestled among the other senior Houses of the school with stunning gardens and fabulous trees surrounding it. There is also a private courtyard garden for the girls to enjoy.


The girls in UV Form are encouraged to be independent and therefore have their own washing facilities and fully equipped kitchen.