Dean House, 2a Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5DD
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Dean House will forever have a significant history within Rugby School as the first girl’s house on campus. With spacious bedrooms, wide corridors, beautiful gardens and art deco details Dean is home to 51 girls aged 13-18. Year groups of 10-11 girls enjoy large shared study-bedrooms in the first two years followed by single study bedrooms for the remainder of their time in Dean. Four Common Rooms provide space for relaxing with friends along with four separate kitchen facilities for each year group. Ideally situated Dean is a short distance to the Chapel, town centre and the Macready Theatre with fitness facilities being within a five minute walk. Our emblem is the Heron and our colours are purple and green. In essence, the culture of Dean can be described as warm, inviting, and a real home away from home, where we seek to nurture a positive boarding experience with a focus on academic excellence, healthy living, and involvement in School-wide activities. Our girls are independent learners who are talented, friendly, goal oriented achievers and it is our job to nurture, support, and encourage them to thrive in the wider School community and beyond


Leanne Milner joined Dean House in April 2018 as Housemistress, having been Assistant Housemistress in Griffin House.  Leanne teaches Geography and has previously led the Extended Project Qualification. Before joining Rugby she worked in both the state sector and in a boys independent school where she was Assistant Housemistress. She has completed a PhD in Physical Geography, conducting research in Indonesia on the biogeochemical impacts of rainforest wildfires. Along with her fiancé Lee, she likes to travel and explore new places; her favourite places include; Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore. Lee also teaches Geography and he will be joining the Rugby School team in September 2018.Leanne enjoys sport. She has competed to a high level in swimming and now participates in road, and cross country running events. She has ran the London Marathon and was part of the Leicestershire Ladies Road Running Division 1 winning team in 2017. At School, she currently coaches hockey, netball and athletics and has previously coached water polo. She also enjoys baking, reading and walking.

Leanne has a black cat called Bernie, who is exceptionally cuddly, and likes to follow the girls around the garden at any opportunity! Leanne says she feels especially privileged to be looking after and guiding each Dean girl through her journey at Rugby School.

Ana Henderson become Assistant Housemistress in 2015, after being tutor in Dean for two years. She graduated in Classics at university in her home town, Belgrade, Serbia, before coming to England to finish MPhil in early Greek linguistics at the University of Manchester.  Teaching has always been Ana's passion and she joined Rugby from Cheltenham Ladies’ College, where she was Second in Department. She is fully involved in school life from boys’ basketball to running a Primary Latin club in a local school. Ana has a keen interest in supporting young girls in their endeavour to thrive and succeed in becoming well-rounded individuals so she takes great delight in being a part of the caring community of Dean House.  Sociable and energetic, Ana enjoys the great outdoors, swimming and ice-skating. She is also a keen chess player, an amateur ballet enthusiast and is always fascinated by the intricacies of languages. She lives with her husband John and daughter Trixie, as well as two mischievous cats, Toby and Millie.

Danuta Felton has more than 34 years’ experience in Dean. Danuta and her deputy matron, Kay Yafai, oversee the domestic day to day running of our House. Kay has been with Dean for eight years and she is on duty each evening, whilst Danuta is covers early morning until late afternoon.