Pippa Giles  Housemistress

Pippa graduated from Birmingham university with a degree in Latin and French Literature, before studying at Durham university for her PGCE qualification.

Having been a form teacher for U5 and the sixth form, a boarding house tutor in Hillcroft and now as head of U4, she has extensive experience of the pastoral and academic framework at St Swithun’s. In addition to teaching Classics, she is also co-ordinator of the school’s enrichment Stretch programme.

Pippa was very honoured to be appointed as the first Housemistress of Mowbray, the newest day house, in September 2015. The inspiration for the name of the house came from the longest serving headmistress of St Swithun’s, Margaret Mowbray. An inspirational teacher, Miss Mowbray had a real commitment to getting the best out of her students. Pippa and the girls in Mowbray all aspire to live up to her motto of whatever your hand findeth to do, do it with all your might.

Pippa is married to Chris and has two teenage daughters. She loves sewing, travelling and walking and most weekends she can be found exploring the beautiful British countryside with her family and friends. However, part of her heart lies in the south of France and her summers are spent appreciating the sights, sounds and scents of her home in Provence.

Jemma Savillewood - Assistant Housemistress

Jemma started at St Swithun’s in 2010 in the chemistry department but after taking two years off with her little girl (now aged 6), in 2013, came back and joined the biology department.

"I occasionally dip my toe into teaching a bit of chemistry again! My degree was in medicine, so I like teaching in both areas - particularly things which students find really complicated, as I like thinking up ways to make the complex fun and simple to understand.

In 2016 I completed a psychology masters with a focus on memory in learning, and I use this in my teaching to help my students remember things for their exams!

When I’m not at work, I love baking and cooking with my little girl, and I now share this love at school by helping with cake decorating club and organising biology bake off.

I am really enjoying being the assistant housemistress of Mowbray, whether it be donning my pink t shirt and cheering the girls on the lax pitch or covering them all in lurid pink glitter for house song - they are a fabulous house of incredibly kind and motivated girls and it is great fun to be a part of it".