Southfield (Girls)

Southfield House, 10 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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Southfield opened as the day girls’ House at Rugby School in September 1993. Before that, it was a Sixth Form boarding House for girls, and in 2005, it moved across the road to a House previously known as Sunnyside.

A beautiful Victorian building, the House with its new extension is situated in a lovely garden and provides ideal conditions for work and play. As Housemistress of Southfield, Lizzie Beesley says her aim is to do the very best for the girls, academically and socially, and to ensure that particular needs of individuals are met. Southfield girls are extraordinarily gifted in all areas of School life. They play sport to a very high standard, musically they set the tone for the rest of the School, and dramatically, they are creative and lively.

Academically, Southfield is a tour de force. In 2009, seven of the Schools’ 28 successful Oxbridge candidates came from Southfield, and many of the girls hold academic awards and bursaries, even apart from the Foundationerships. There are Music Scholars in every year, plus several Sports Scholars, and Speech Day is a festival of approbation and success. Lizzie said: "For me, however, prizes and trophies in School terms are secondary to the more important qualities which I hope Southfield will foster. I take it as read that these will be the most successful girls in the School; the more challenging part to achieve is that they are happy, good citizens who will give as much as they take from the School and leave here feeling they can pursue whatever they desire. I want Southfield girls to be leaders and personalities, individuals who can inspire and be terrific people."

Each girl has a tutor from the nine-strong tutorial team including Sally Phillips our Assistant Housemistress and teacher of ceramics in the Design School.

The role of a tutor is a very important one. They support the girls academically and pastorally. Every girl sees her tutor regularly at lunch times and for a weekly tutorial, this may be on an individual basis or in a group. The pastoral system is strong and thriving in Southfield and the girls have a good relationship with their tutors. Southfield also has a Matron, Lynda Masters and a Deputy, Margaret Gurnett who covers Lynda’s day offThey care for the girls’ day to day needs as well as being another friendly face to whom the girls can talk.

Lizzie said: "As a day pupil at a boarding school, I believe the girls have the best of both worlds. They have, at their disposal, a full range of excellent facilities in all areas of School life. They can become involved in whichever extra-curricular activities they choose. The girls are expected to arrive at School by 8.10am at the very latest. They then enter exactly the same school day as the boarders. The real difference between them and boarders happens in the evening. When the boarders go into their Houses to have tea and do their prep, the day pupils go home to do exactly the same thing. However, Southfield is also accessible in the evening for the girls to stay late in order to attend lectures, evening classes, rehearsals and social events. On Saturdays, for example, the House eats supper together before the girls get ready to go out in the evenings. Day pupils are expected to come to whole School Chapel services and parents are very welcome to join us for worship on these occasions."

In 2019, Southfield, along with the boys' day House, Town, opened a magnificent purpose-built extension featuring 60 extra studies, new kitchens and common rooms around a new, central courtyard. Click here for further details.

Lizzie Beesley started her Rugby career in January 1995 coming from St. Paul’s to be Assistant Head. She was also a tutor in Southfield throughout this time, before leaving in 1999 to be Head of King Alfred School in Hampstead. Lizzie returned to Rugby in 2002 to teach English. Her children, Augusta, is a former Southfield girl, and Theo started in Town House in 2014. Lizzie took on the House in January 2004 and says she loves her job. In 2006 she married Ed Beesley, who was then Housemaster of School Field. 


Sally Phillips teaches Art, Ceramics and Textiles. Having gained her degree in Ceramics & Glass she has taught at Godolphin School, Salisbury, St. Marys, Calne, The Holt School, Wokingham and Uppingham School. She arrived at Rugby in 2000 and was initially a tutor in Stanley and an Arnold Foundation tutor, before joining Lizzie in Southfield. Sally has always enjoyed the extra-curricular life of the School. From her base in the Design Centre, she supports all forms of creative education and activities, along with Art trips to New York, visits to UK galleries and open spaces, such as The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and is a member of the many fund-raising committees in her village. Having travelled the world with her husband Bruce, who is in the RAF, she lived in Washington, D.C. for three years where she worked for Electronic Data Systems. Sally now loves spending time in Cornwall.


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