Meet the Boarding Staff

Mrs Holly wuidart gray - HOUSEMISTRESS - HIGHCROFT

After spending 16 years in Early Years, I started work in boarding at the Royal Hospital School 10 years ago. I have my Boarding School Association qualifications in Health and Welfare and in Boarding Management, supported by my experience of working with young people age 11 through to 18, both as matron and housemistress. I also co-ordinated and ran the schools Peer Support Mentor programme. I believe in achieving the best for each individual by listening to supporting them through adolescence, it is  a real privilege.

I have moved to Somerset with my husband Spencer, a retired Naval Officer who also works with young people through sports coaching and the D of E scheme. and our year old springer spaniel Merlin. We have 3 adult children who have also experienced the boarding system so have perspective as boarding parents too.

I enjoy swimming, walking, sewing, upcycling and baking and feel great qualities to instil in our children are: a have a go attitude and to be kind. I am very excited to be part of the boarding team at Bruton School for Girls as Senior Housemistress of Highcroft.

Mrs JULIE BENNETT - SENIOR HOUSEMISTRESS - CUMBERLEGE

I joined BSG in January 2018 and am very experienced at working with young people. I have done a lot of work with the Girl Guides and and have also recently worked as a Family Support Worker. I'm a graduate of Bath Spa University, qualified in Art and Graphic Design so I'm hoping to bring a wealth of talents, new ideas and creativity to the team!

Both our Housemistresses are assisted by a team of GAP students, Language Assistants and Graduate Assistant Teachers. Our Deputy Head, Mrs Rachel Robbins oversees our boarding provision.

Miss Jess Childs - Graduate teaching assistant

Growing up in Somerset, I joined BSG in 2017 with the intention of staying a year to complete my BA Hons, to which I am graduating this year. I fell in love with teaching and working in boarding at BSG and requested to stay another year. I am lucky to get the chance to teach and support such lovely and enthusiastic girls on a daily basis as well as their pastoral care back in the boarding houses.

I am a passionate sports woman playing in the County hockey, basketball and swimming teams as well as the U21 England Netball Academy team when I was 20. My hope is that my enthusiasm rubs-off on the girls who show such sporting talent.

Miss EMILY BRYANT - GAP STUDENT 

I grew up in Brisbane, Queensland – Australia.  I completed my education at Somerville House in Brisbane which, like BSG, is an all-girls school and has lime green and navy blue as its school colours. I love art, choir, playing soccer and netball.  I have an Airedale called Nelly, two cats called Bluebell and Maisie and two chickens, Beryl and Marge. I have been to England a few times as my Mum’s side of the family are British. The majority of Mum’s family live in Somerset, which is why BSG is such a wonderful school to be working at with regards to location. I am very excited to see what adventures and experiences this year has in store for Miss Mckillop and I. Similarly, I am so happy to be given the opportunity to be working alongside such funny, brilliant and kind girls, that I am still getting to know and learn more about.

Miss PENELOPE MCKILLOP - GAP STUDENT 

I grew up in a rural country town in North West NSW called Moree. Since then I have moved around a lot and now live in the hunter valley in a small town called Blandford. I live on a small farm and my parent’s breed beef cattle on it. I enjoy riding my horses and going water skiing. Both of my aunties live in England, one is in Oxford and the other has recently moved to Sudbury. I have three dogs, two are mastiffs and one is a miniature dachshund. I am looking forward to my year ahead working at Bruton. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better.