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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.
Carol Duncan joined St Swithun’s at the start of this term as assistant housemistress in Earlsdown. She has a degree in business, Spanish and economics from the University of Central Lancashire as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Having spent the past twelve years as the proprietor of a busy coffee shop in Cheshire, she has now returned to education, embarking on a new career here at St Swithun’s.
She enjoys cooking, the arts, running, and is a member of a local choir.
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