Geraldine Harris - Housemistress

Geraldine Harris joined St.Swithun’s School in 2015, but is no stranger to running a boarding house having previously worked as a teacher, assistant housemistress and deputy head of sixth form for six years. 

Geraldine graduated from the University of Plymouth and The University of Kent where she studied Fine Art Photography and Electronic Imaging. She also completed her PGCE at The University of the West of England. 

Geraldine teaches art here at St.Swithun’s but has also taught art, a-level and HND photography, as well as running girls football, horse riding and school swim teams at previous schools. 

In addition to teaching, Geraldine is also a professional photographer and enjoys active hobbies such as horse riding, running, skiing and travelling. 

Geraldine lives in the ground floor Earlsdown flat with her partner Pierre and their young daughter Bow. Bow throughly enjoys and is very used to the company of 40+ girls, having lived in a boarding house since she was born. 

Judy Sharifi- Assistant Housemistress

Judy Sharifi joined Earlsdown in January 2017.  She has been employed in a variety of school roles, most recently as a House Parent in a senior boy’s boarding school. Judy is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, being commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1997. More widely Judy delivers the School’s U5 Work Experience Scheme, as well as assisting in the Learning Support and Examinations Departments.

Judy is married to Khashi and has two boys, Barney and Ru.  Following her own boarding experience in the Highlands of Scotland her two children are now also full boarders.  As such Judy’s experience offers a unique understanding of the needs of the boarding community from both a parental and pupils perspective. 

Judy particularly enjoys the fact that her role allows her to contribute to all aspects of the girls’ boarding lives; with even her two dogs, Mopple and Conker, getting involved. They can often be seen enjoying a cuddle or walk with girls!