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Sophie Toland - Housemistress

The Toland family arrived at St Swithun's in September 2011 ready for the challenge of life with forty teenage girls.Having spent several years as an assistant housemistress in a previous school, Sophie was delighted to meet the Earlsdown girls and she has enjoyed every minute of life in the busy and dynamic boarding house.

Sophie completed her degree in English, drama and education studies at Cambridge University before undertaking her teacher training at Brunel. Sophie teaches English at St Swithun’s but she has also taught drama and theatre studies in other schools alongside football and rounders. Sophie has directed and produced several theatre productions.

Sophie, her husband Martin and baby daughter Evie live in the ground floor flat in Earlsdown house.  A firm fixture in Earlsdown, Evie would quite happily move into the boarding house if only her parents would let her. During the holidays Sophie, Martin and Evie enjoy visiting friends and family and they are enjoying exploring life in Hampshire.

Sharon Kennedy - Assistant Housemistress

Sharon joined the Earlsdown family in January 2014. Although she had never worked in a boarding school before, she was previously assistant head of sixth form at a boys’ grammar school, where she also taught ICT and computing, and the prospect of working with “clean and sweet” girls for a change was very appealing. She quickly learned that there is little difference between the sexes when it comes to tidiness!

Sharon grew up in Glasgow and studied computing at Glasgow Caledonian University before completing her PGCE at the University of Brighton. She has lived in England for twelve years now, so the girls can just about understand her accent.

Sharon, her partner Ollie, a PE teacher at Perins School, and their anti-social cat, Sasha, live in the house and, when time permits, enjoy rugby, curling, quizzes, long walks and good food.

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