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    Boarding Houses

    Dolman House (Boys Year 3 – Year 9)

    Housemistress: Mrs Nicola Bradshaw
    Telephone: + 44 (0) 1759 321233

    Mrs Bradshaw worked at Dolman House as resident Boarding House Tutor before being appointed Housemistress in Sept 2017. She lives there with her husband and two sons.

    Mr and Mrs Bradshaw worked for nine years at an international boarding school in India, working with staff and students from 40 different countries. When the family returned to the UK, Mrs Bradshaw trained as a higher level teaching assistant, working with students who had Autism and behavioural problems.

    Helping students who have difficulties achieving in the classroom is close to Mrs Bradshaw's heart as her own severe dyslexia was not diagnosed until after she left school. She also has a diploma in counselling.

    Mrs Bradshaw served at a boarding school in the Midlands as Housemistress and matron, before joining POcklington School in September 2016.

    Resident House Tutor: Mr C A Lambert, Mr A  Copley

    Non-resident House Tutor: Mrs R E D Walton, Mr C Thornton-Holmes

    Non-resident Boarding Assistants: Mrs G Briggs, Mrs M J Pearcy

    Day Matron: Mrs A C Woodcock

    Dolman boarding house is home during term time for up to 27 boys. The house, which dates back to the 1860s is situated on the edge of the school sports field. The boys make good use of this during their free time. They also have plenty of space indoors for relaxation and prep activities.

    Fenwick-Smith House (Boys Year 10 - 11 and Sixth Form)

    Housemaster: Mr Patrick Dare
    Telephone: + 44 (0) 1759 321211

    Mr Dare who teaches Modern Languages was appointed Housemaster in September 2012. He had previously served as non-resident house tutor in Fenwick-Smith before this for 10 years so was well known to both staff and pupils. His co-curricular interests include the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), particularly the RAF Section which he has managed for a number of years, he is also actively involved in rugby coaching and refereeing and over the years numerous pupils have enjoyed European school trips or French Exchanges which he has organised.

    Mr Dare is married, and Mrs Dare is the school’s Alumni and Development Officer. They have two children, both at Pocklington School.

    Resident House Tutor: Mr T M Loten, Mr A Copley

    Non Resident House Tutors: Mr R P Bond, Mr M J Butcher

    Resident Boarding Assistant: Mr J M Wheeler, Mr H Perham

    Day Matron: Mrs J C Dowson

    Housekeeper: Mrs S Terry

    Fenwick-Smith House is a modern purpose built boarding house. The house which opened in 2007 was a gift to the school from a former pupil Mr Brian Fenwick-Smith who was a boarder at Pocklington School from 1943-54.

    The house provides high-quality spacious accommodation for senior boys with a mix of single, double and three-bed rooms all with en-suite facilities. It is also equipped with superb study, internet, music and games facilities. Common rooms have comfortable sofas, Sky TV and kitchen facilities for the preparation of snacks (Main meals are served in the central dining hall on the school campus). There is also a snooker room and table tennis facilities.

    Orchard House (Girls Year 3 – Year 10)

    Housemistress: Mrs Leila Scrowston
    Telephone: + 44 (0) 1759 321280


    Mrs Scrowston assumed responsibility as Housemistress of Orchard House in September 2013. Previously a Police Officer before becoming a Boarding Housemistress at The Read School, Mrs Scrowston is married with a grown up family and a young son and daughter.

    Resident House Tutor: Mrs C L Hall

    Boarding Assistants:  Miss E N Kendra

    Day Matron & Housekeeper: Mrs B King

    Domestic Staff: Mrs W M Marriott

    The atmosphere in Orchard is positive, informal, warm and friendly. Bedrooms which are shared by 2 – 4 girls are modern and airy. Girls are encouraged to bring personal items such as posters, throws and a favourite cuddly toy to make their bed space more homely.

    The communal space includes large, newly decorated, Common and Prep Rooms and a modern kitchen. There is also a room which can be used for music practice or to watch films in peace. The house is surrounded by gardens in which the girls charge about, play games and sunbathe when the weather allows.

    Faircote House (Girls Year 11 and Sixth Form)

    Housemistress: Miss Cassie Thackray
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1759 321267

    Miss Thackray was appointed Housemistress of Faircote house in September 2016, after working at both the Mount School, York in 2008 and Queen Margarets School, Escrick in 2009- 2016.

    Miss Thackray has studied Art and Design at York St Johns University and more recently Boarding Management at Roehampton University. Miss Thackray is currently sharing her home at Faircote with her little sausage dog, Maggie.

    Resident  House Tutor: Miss E J Burg

    Resident Boarding Assistant: Miss F R G Marsh

    Non-Resident House Tutors: Mrs A Chenery, Miss L E Clarke

    Resident French Assistant: Miss E C de Nadai

    Non-Resident Boarding Assistants: Mrs L Lord

    Day Matron: Mrs J G Smith

    Housekeeper: Mrs A Draser

    Faircote House is a delightful blend of traditional and new construction, but the facilities are modern and well decorated. Fifth Year girls are in two or three bedded rooms, the Lower Sixth share double rooms and all of the Upper Sixth have their own single study bedrooms. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the House and there are desktop computers in the Prep Room.

    The house has two large Common Rooms where girls can relax – one for Sixth Formers and a newly refurbished one for the Fifth Form. Each Common Room is furnished with sofas and easy chairs and has a flat screen TV, Sky TV and a DVD player; there are two kitchens for the preparation of snacks and the occasional meal and a well-equipped Fitness Room.

    The girls in Faircote House are expertly mentored in smaller groups of mixed-age students by a dedicated Tutor, House Prefect and also their peers. ‘Buddying’ is put in place before a student joins the school; Skype and social media are used to positive effect to build confidence and to answer those important questions before arrival. The ethos of the House is to cherish individuality and to encourage all girls to take a lead in challenging prejudice and changing the world they live in for the better.