Mrs Visser
Miss Setterington
Mrs Smedley
Mrs Thorneloe
Mrs Thorneloe

Joyce Walters is one of the Fifth Form Boarding Houses; we look after girls who are studying in UV Form (their second year studying for their GCSEs).

House Staff supporting the UV Form are led by Housemistress Mrs Ali Visser, ably assisted by Miss Lucy Setterington (Deputy Housemistress), Mrs Sally Thorneloe and Mrs Rosie Smedley (Day Housemistresses). Mrs Visser has many years’ experience as a Housemistress; she has a home attached to Joyce Walters which she shares with her husband and two sons. As well as being a Housemistress, Mrs Visser teaches History and Politics in the Fifth Form and above.  She has a BA from the University of Southampton, completed her PGCE in Leeds and has postgraduate qualifications in Boarding Practice and SpLD.

House Tutors from amongst the academic staff also come in during the evening. The system of House Tutors works well, giving students an opportunity to meet with teaching staff in a more informal environment.

Communication between parents and House Staff is paramount. Mrs Visser will be delighted to speak with you and can be reached either by telephone on 01249 857280 or by mobile phone on 07980 978252. Her e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. E-mails are checked on a regular basis.

Joyce Walters House

The House is named after Mrs Walters who was Headmistress of St Mary’s from 1972 until 1985, which was when the House opened. It is nestled among the other senior Houses of the school with stunning gardens and fabulous trees surrounding it. There is also a private courtyard garden for the girls to enjoy.

The girls in UV Form are encouraged to be independent and therefore have their own washing facilities and fully equipped kitchen.