Stanley (6th Form Only)

Stanley House, 3 Barby Road, Rugby, CV22 5DN
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Stanley is a House for girls joining the School for their Sixth form years and draws pupils from a wide range of educational backgrounds and nationalities. The private side of Stanley was built in 1824, and added rooms at the rear became available to boys in 1828. The School purchased the House in the 1930s when it was named Stanley House, after Dean Stanley, an eminent Old Rugbeian.

The House is a strange architectural mix of redbrick Victorian and award-winning 1950s front. In 1992 it was closed for a year of renovation and transformation into a girls' House - though School House boys were in fact the first occupants (1993-95) while their House was renovated. The principal victim of renovation was the old Head of House study, which became a well appointed bathroom.

Stanley House is a lively, vibrant house in which the girls are actively encouraged to take responsibility for both their academic studies and extra-curricular involvement. From the onset the girls are submerged in the Rugby way of life and those first few months are hectic but rewarding as the girls find their way as a Rugbeian. They develop independence and a sense of responsibility for their own future whilst being aptly supported by an experienced team of House tutors, Matrons and Housemistress. Life in Stanley revolves around the girls common rooms, which are often full of Stanley girls and visitors from which much noise emerges. We also have a fully equipped kitchen, in which the girls can do their own cooking and entertain friends, another cosy common room called the ‘Den’ and a House gym.

Stanley provides a homely environment which allows the girls to develop their independence in readiness for their future lives beyond school. The two years are full of new experiences in which the girls learn a lot about their own strengths and talents as they go about their daily life with energy and a willingness to have a go. Being a Stanley girl is great preparation for the rest of their lives!

Born in Belfast and educated at Methodist College, Belfast, Lara Hampton is proud of her Northern Irish roots. Indeed, at one stage she swore she would never marry an Englishman. 

Lara briefly exchanged Belfast for a degree in Education and Theology at Homerton College, Cambridge,  where she met Englishman Neil, and they married in 1995.

After several years teaching in Belfast, she again returned to England to complete a Master’s degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. Following a career as a professional rower (competing for England in the Commonwealth Games), Lara followed Neil to Rugby and became Director of Sport in 2004.  

She teaches PE and Biology, is fully involved in sport each afternoon and has organised several overseas girls’ sports tours to Argentina, Barbados and Australia. She has also been fully involved in the pastoral life of the School, tutoring in Tudor for five years and before becoming a tutor in Bradley. She lived in the AHm accommodation with Neil in School House for two years and then supported Neil as Housemaster in Michell for four years.

In other spheres, she is a Duke of Edinburgh Award assessor and one of the School’s Deputy Child Protection Officers. Lara likes to be active and has completed two London Marathons, has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and enjoys skiing and cycling. She is currently training for a half Iron Man. 

Lara unwinds by playing the piano and the saxophone, and during the holidays she and Neil disappear ‘home’ to their house in Portugal. A great believer in community, Lara loves nothing more than spending time with people and chatting! 


Simone Hancox joined Rugby’s Drama Department in 2014 following her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. She studied theatre and performance studies at Warwick then Lancaster. She has presented her research at worldwide conferences and has been published in a number of peer-reviews academic journals. Simone has taught Drama to young offenders and prisoners, and was also a Visiting Lecturer for University of London. At Rugby School, she has directed and produced shows that have been performed as part of The Festival On the Close and the Edinburgh Festival.

Away from school, Simone likes cooking, arts and crafts and, more recently, strength training. She sees herself as a ‘people person’ and enjoys getting to know individuals and meeting them on their level. Simone tutored in Bradley for two years before becoming Stanley’s Assistant Housemistress. She enjoys the sense of House identity, especially as AHm, but also being connected to the wider School community. When not at Stanley, you may find her at lunch in other Houses.