We recognise that day girls and boarders have slightly different needs. We cater for this by the provision of separate houses.
Girls across day and boarding houses and across year groups are integrated through our form system and strong sense of community so that neither group is privileged over the other. We value all those who make up our school community and celebrate its richness and diversity.
House allegiance is an important dynamic within the school, and contributes to many co-curricular activities: lacrosse, swimming, public speaking, drama and music competitions are organised between the houses regardless of day or boarding status. Both types of house experience enrich the life of the school.
Day girls up to and including lower-sixth belong to one of four houses: Venta, Davies, Caer Gwent and Mowbray. All upper sixth-formers belong to Finlay, which is the only joint day and boarding house in school, reflecting the greater freedom and responsibility of the students in their final year.
Unlike a number of boarding schools, we do not expect our day girls to do their homework at school although they may of course do this if they so wish. We recognise that girls may be day girls precisely because they have sporting or musical commitments outside school which necessitate them leaving promptly at the end of the day. However, we encourage all of our day girls to take part in the wide range of activities on offer at school, and most participate in the co-curricular programme on several afternoons during the week, as well playing sports fixtures at the weekend. Girls will never again have so many activities so easily available to them and not taking advantage of them, is, we believe, missing the point of a school like St Swithun’s.
Jo Moroney - Housemistress
Jo joined St Swithun’s School in 2017 as a drama teacher, and went on to become assistant housemistress for Venta in 2020 and is now excited to become housemistress for Caer Gwent. She enjoys seeing the students in a different capacity and enjoys the house camaraderie from house sport to house drama and the sense of belonging that the house system brings.
Jo has a Batchelor of Arts degree in drama and cultural studies and trained for her PGCE at Middlesex University in 2005. She was a head of a drama department for 11 years at a school in Southampton before starting at St Swithun’s. She also very much enjoys being a visiting examiner for GCSE practical exam work and has a qualification in BSL level 1.
When not in school she is a wife to Stuart and a very proud mum to Noah and Evelyn (and Milo the cat). Jo enjoys going to the theatre, with a particular passion for musical theatre (and is so happy that her daughter has also developed a love for it too). She also love spending time with family and friends.
Rebekah Sherred – Housemistress
Rebekah joined the school in 2016 and teaches in the Classics department, specialising in Classical Civilisation. She has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology which she studied at the University of Birmingham. She loves teaching the girls about the Ancient World and and helping them to understand how important and relevant it still is to the lives we lead today.
She has worked in various boarding and day houses throughout her time at the school, in roles such as House tutor, Assistant Housemistress and now Day Housemistress of Davies.
Outside of school Rebekah can often be found crafting, enjoying activities such as knitting, crochet and sewing. During lockdown she starting learning how to make her own clothes, and loves proudly wearing her new creations to school!
Jen Butler - Assistant Housemistress
Jen joined St Swithun's in 2020 as a German and Spanish teacher alongside her boarding house role. Jen joined Davies in 2023 and very much enjoys organising and supporting house competitions at the school.
Jen studied European Studies (German/Italian) at the University of Bath. After completing a PGCE at the University of Bristol, she took up three teaching positions in Kent, Spain and Brunei before returning to the UK.
Jen enjoys playing tennis with her two young children and is also enjoying learning a bit about DIY whilst doing up her house.
Hannah Savory - Housemistress
Hannah started teaching at St Swithun’s in 2010 having previously worked in Oxfordshire and Staffordshire. She is a teacher of mathematics and loves it when the girls have a ‘lightbulb’ moment in her lessons. She enjoys being a form tutor and has worked in the L4 team for the last few years. She also co-ordinates the Young Enterprise scheme and is holding out for Alan Sugar to recognise the sixth form talent!
When not at school Hannah spends her time with her husband and children, they can often be found on the A34 as they traipse around the country to visit extended family. Hannah is addicted to her fitbit and is constantly trying to reach her step target (or exceed it).
Rachel Nicholls - Assistant Housemistress
Rachel joined St Swithun’s in 2013 as PA to Ms Gandee, but there isn’t anyone in school that she doesn’t come across in her role.
"Becoming assistant day housemistress has given me the opportunity to get to know girls better and to be involved with the pastoral side of school. I have learnt that Mowbray loves anything pink and lots of cake! But I also know how incredibly supportive the girls are of each other and how much we value house spirit. I am looking forward to house activities this year; we have lots of exciting plans ahead to make all girls in Mowbray feel part of something very special".
Rachel lives locally to school, is married to Lloyd and has two teenage daughters. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and walking; whether that be for charity or just exploring the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Hilary Mitchener – Housemistress
Hilary started teaching at St Swithun’s in 1998. She is the head of technology and really enjoys seeing the variety of new designs that the girls produce in this department.
She has been involved in a number of boarding houses as house tutor before joining Venta, initially as AHoM then HoM.
Hilary enjoys travelling and got engaged at the top of Sydney Harbour bridge. When not at school she is busy looking after her two young sons, both of whom have their own little tool boxes and love making things. Both Hilary and her husband are looking forward to travelling with their boys when they are a bit older.
Vicky Mitchell - Assistant Housemistress
Vicky joined St Swithun’s in 2022. She is the deputy registrar and assists the registrar with all things relating to admissions. Vicky wanted to be more involved with the school and she thought that taking on the role of assistant day housemistress would be a wonderful opportunity to enable her to get to know the Venta girls as well as cheer them on in all of their different competitions.
Vicky has a Batchelor’s degree in Geographical Information Systems and a PGCE (primary) from St Mary’s University. Before joining St Swithun’s Vicky lived and worked in London both in the IT industry before moving into roles in primary and prep schools.
Vicky is keen on long walks in the country, singing and travelling. She also enjoys cycling and includes the London to Brighton bike ride and the Palace to Palace ride for the Princes Trust as some her top achievements. Having moved toward the south coast she is hoping to develop some SUP skills. Vicky also has a tuxedo cat called Peppa.