Girls’ boarding


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Dean House, 2a Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5DD
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Dean House is home to more than 50 talented girls and is full of vibrancy, energy and contentment.  The house culture is based on kindness, aspiration and self-belief, and during the five years the girls spend here they are encouraged to grasp every opportunity that Rugby School offers and to immerse themselves in their academic, creative and sporting endeavours.

Dean is a place the girls are proud to call their home, a place defined by those who live in it and a where difference as well as individual success is celebrated. Dean girls strive for excellence in all that they do, whilst it is always instilled in them that it is better to have tried and failed, then to never to try at all.

Special features of Dean are the stunning garden, substantial study bedrooms, and a modern, light and airy interior. The girls share small dorms in their first year with their own private study room from Year 10. Its central location on the campus and proximity to the Music Schools allow the girls to take full advantage of the sports facilities and study areas. Dean girls enjoy regular success in inter-house competitions across music, sport and academic events.

Our emblem is the Heron, a graceful bird which represents determination and tranquillity, complemented by the House colours of purple and green.


Felicity Passmore joined Dean from Rugby School Thailand (RST), where she was Housemistress of School House. During her time there, she set up two boarding houses in her roles as Assistant Housemistress and Housemistress. As a founding member of staff, she also held positions as Head of Drama and Head of Scholars. She loved her time at RST and was delighted to remain in the Rugby family when moving back to the UK.

Felicity is passionate about boarding and believes that the key to a great boarding house is excellent House spirit, active participation in the community and a supportive environment where all girls are valued and can be themselves.

In addition to being Hm of Dean at Rugby, Felicity also teaches Drama, having completed her degree at the Royal Central School of Speech of Drama and then undertaking her PGCE and Masters in Teaching and Learning. She previously taught at Brentwood School.

Felicity lives with her husband, Chris, who is Head of English at Bilton Grange. Living in South East Asia gave them great opportunities to travel during the holidays, but she is now looking forward to exploring a little closer to home. She loves going to the theatre and can often be found watching performances in the West End.

Deputy Housemistress

Alice Melarkey is Head of Design and has been at the School for eight years, six of which have been spent as Deputy Housemistress of Dean House. Alice is originally from North Yorkshire (the only tea worth drinking) and studied for her degree in Furniture and Product Design in Newcastle. During the holidays you can find Alice enjoying the sun around the world, or in the workshop converting her latest ambulance into a campervan. Alice enjoys all aspects of Rugby School life and is keen to get stuck into House competitions with the girls, Pushcart being the most favourable of course!


Dean’s matrons have a wealth of experience between them. Kay, Resident Matron, has worked in Dean for 17 years. She has ten grandchildren of her own, and enjoys teaching the girls how to knit and crochet. Angie, non-resident matron, has expertise in cooking and can often be found baking with the girls as well as supporting them with a range of pastoral or domestic needs. The matrons constantly strive to maintain a cosy and caring environment that allow all the girls to feel comfortable and safe during their time in boarding.



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