Mrs Fiona Muir
Mrs Fiona Muir
Housemistress
Mrs Muir lives in School House with her husband, three daughters, dog, cat and rabbits. She has a BA and MA from the University of London and a PGCE from the University of Oxford. Mrs Muir also teaches English at St Mary’s. Previously, she was Head of English in London for five years and she has taught in Japan; she has also run several academic enrichment and extension programmes, including the Extended Project Qualification. She loves family holidays, reading, walking and running.
Ms Jemima Palfreyman
Ms Jemima Palfreyman
Deputy Housemistress
Ms Jemima Palfreyman gained a Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Exeter in 2023, having previously graduated with a BMus (Hons) from the Royal Northern College of Music. She spent several years as a freelance concert pianist and workshop leader before pursuing her passion for education and pastoral care in Manchester and subsequently Wiltshire schools. In addition to being Deputy Housemistress of School House, she is also the School Pianist and teachers piano as well as accompanying for various school events and exams. She is currently completing her Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Care and Boarding Management and lives with her fiancé David and their cat, Tracer.
Mrs Chris Hayes
Mrs Chris Hayes
Day Housemistress
Mrs Hayes is the beloved Day Housemistress of School House and is a long-standing member of the team. She is ably supported by Daisy, her beautiful black Labrador, who is the friendliest dog you will ever meet! Her interests and hobbies include baking, walking, spending time with her four grandchildren, and travelling around Scotland in her campervan.


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.

School HouseSchool House is home to St Mary’s LIV Form (Year 7). The girls sleep in dormitories of between three and six girls. The day girls are well integrated into the House and they have futons within the dorms. This enables them to stay overnight on occasions. Day Girls are always invited to sleep over on the first day of term and also the first Saturday night of the year if they wish.

Daisy, Mrs Hayes’ lovely black labrador, also plays an important pastoral role, providing cuddles as well as hoovering services! Mrs Muir’s cat, Smudge, and her rabbits also love receiving lots of attention in the School House garden.

Mrs Muir and her Support Staff can be contacted on tel. 01249 857240, on the House mobile on 07980 978248 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.