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Griffin

Griffin House, 8 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1788 556 331  |  Email: griffin@rugbyschool.net

ABOUT THE HOUSE
Griffin, the smallest boarding house with the largest garden in School, accommodates 43 pupils aged 13-18. Year groups of eight-10 girls enjoy twin bedded rooms for two years followed by three years of single study-bedrooms, with some girls sharing a room for their lower sixth year. Three Common Rooms provide space for relaxation with TV, DVD and kitchen facilities. Griffins make full use of the fitness suite and swimming pool with the house being situated next to the Sports Centre. Throughout the Trinity Term, Griffins picnic on the lawn and host garden events for the rest of the School. The Music Department is a short walk away for rehearsals and regular instrumental practice, and girls who enjoy drama and music-making are fully involved in the annual Rugby School Arts Festival. 

HOUSEMISTRESS
Anne Naylor came to Rugby from the Dragon School, Oxford, in 2001. She has a BA Hons in Music from the University of York, and a PGCE in Music and Drama. She taught Music and History at a York comprehensive school for 13 years where she was Head of History. She teaches History up to GCSE level and is also Deputy Child Protection Officer. Anne is married to Adam, who has taught English at the School since 1994, and he oversees the School Community Action Programme. Their children were pupils at Rugby School.

 

ASSISTANT HOUSEMISTRESS

Leanne Milner joined Rugby School in September 2016, having previously worked at Loughborough Grammar School. Before  teaching, she spent four years studying for a PhD in the field of Biogeochemistry which involved exciting fieldwork in the rainforests of Indonesian Borneo. Leanne teaches Geography and is Head of A-level Extended Project Qualification. She is a qualified swimming coach and a keen long distance runner who completed the London Marathon 2016 for her chosen charity Whizz Kidz. When she is not out running, Leanne enjoys spending time with her Bearded Collie Blizzard and cat Bernie. Leanne lives by the motto, ‘you get out of life what you put in’, so she will certainly be encouraging all girls in Griffin to immerse themselves in School life both academically and in an extra-curricular sense.

HOUSEMISTRESS FROM 2017

Liz Robinson will be returning to Griffin House from September 2017, where she was once a Tutor, following five years as Assistant Housemistress at Stanley House. Liz lives with her husband Sam, who is a Tutor in Michell House, and both Liz and Sam teach    in the Biology Department. Liz read Biological Sciences at Durham University before    completing a PGCE and a Masters at Exeter University. A keen sportswoman, she has represented a few national teams in her time, as well as cycling across the USA and from John O'Groats to Land's End. 

Liz is heavily involved in the major games programme; taking the U14As for Hockey (reaching the National Finals in 2014), the 3rd VII for Netball and also the Girls' Cricket squad (U16 and U15). During Liz's time at Rugby she has had the privilege of supporting and co-leading a number of trips: including sports tours to Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka, a Biology (turtle conservation) trip to Turkey and a Geography trip to Iceland.

Max, a Springer Spaniel, is the third ‘Robinson’ who is exceptionally energetic and loves to be made a fuss of. In their free time, Liz and Sam love to travel, be active, play music and Liz has a particular passion for baking!

MATRON
Liz Hargraves, Griffin matron, has a wealth of experience having been at the heart of all Griffin action since the House opened in 2005. Her apartment is next to the girls’ rooms and she is on call through the night. When the Griffins return from their lessons for morning break, lunch and supper, it is Liz who greets them in. When she goes for her well-deserved once-a-week break to her cottage in a near-by village, Assistant Matron, Sandra Harris, takes over. Sandra supports the girls in any number of ways and she especially enjoys helping them to prepare for special events, such as the annual House drama and music entertainment, Inter-House academic and sport competitions, as well as the regular themed teas.