Aberdeen (Girls' Boarding)

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Life within the House

Aberdeen is located in a newly refurbished building, it is a lively and caring place for the girls to live and learn in term time. The boarding accommodation is located on three floors with a friendly mix of year groups and nationalities in the house.  The girls share a spacious, light and comfortable common room, gathering here for house meetings and events, relaxation and conversation. It’s the social hub of the house and there is also a fully fitted family kitchen in which the girls can cook and bake at the weekend, in addition to games consoles, books and a piano.  Life in Aberdeen house is busy and fun; girls form lifelong friendships here, under the watchful eyes of the experienced staff members that care for them. 

Jo HayterHousemistress - Mrs Jo Hayter

Mrs Hayter is the Housemistress of Aberdeen, she  joined Ardingly in September 2014 as a Chemistry teacher and was appointed Director of Activities in 2015, having spent 13 years leaving overseas.  Her previous experience includes Housemistress at Queen Anne’s, Caversham, Head of Department at Tormead School and teaching at the British School of Houston. She has a BSc in Biotechnology, but her main passion is Jazzercise, and classes can often be heard around the college campus. She lives in a house at the end of the boarding house with her family, her husband Simon and three children, Lucy (14), Jimmy (12) and Ali (10).

Assistant Housemistress - Miss Helen Lane

Helen LaneHelen is from North Yorkshire and is entering her second year as a History teacher at Ardingly College, having previously taught at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, County Durham and Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. She was a boarding assistant last year in Aberdeen and the girls are  delighted that she is  more involved in the house this year as the Assistant Housemistress. One of her main interests is Horse Riding and she can often be found taking the pupils for riding lessons or riding her own horse Murphy. She lives in a self-contained flat attached to the boarding house with her two cats, Silver and Binxy.


Matron and the Tutor Team

During the day, the house matron, Mrs Sheila Watt, looks after the girls. They quickly get to know and rely on matron for a variety of daily needs, from a listening ear to laundry needs and uniform repairs.

Aberdeen House is fortunate to have a highly experienced tutor team, which consists of senior school teachers from a range of academic disciplines; each evening prep session is supervised by one of these tutors, who is also on hand to assist the girls with their prep, if appropriate. The tutors also support house sporting, musical and social events; in this way, the girls are encouraged to develop productive relationships with other adults in the house, away from the classroom.

Do learn more about the action packed life in Aberdeen on our blog click here  or by contacting the Housemistress, Joanne Hayter: