Southfield (Girls)

Southfield House, 10 Horton Crescent, Rugby, CV22 5DJ
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Day students at Rugby really have the best of both worlds. They can have a cooked breakfast with their tutor before walking to Chapel with their friends, make themselves a cup of tea to take to their studies at break, eat lunch with the whole house in the dining room, socialise with friends in a common room or the garden, get help with prep from older girls in the House or one of the tutors, attend a society or lecture from a visiting speaker in the evening, all before going home for a good night’s sleep in their own beds. The opening of the RIBA nominated day complex in 2019 provides girls with new studies, a showpiece dining room and cosy common areas, while the elegant Victorian building remains at the heart of the Southfield. The House is open from 7 am until 10 pm six days a week and between those hours offers an experience identical to the boarding houses. Of course, not all girls stay until 10 pm every night, but by their very nature, Southfield girls are eager to take advantage of the myriad opportunities on offer, and they thrive at Rugby. Southfield girls are gifted and their talents are featured throughout the school. Most play sport to a very high standard, others are exceptional musicians or talented actresses. Many are highly accomplished across a range of disciplines and all girls immerse themselves fully in the life of this busy school.  Academically, Southfield is a tour de force, with girls moving onto study the most rigorous courses at the most prestigious universities. Many 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.  Each girl has a tutor from the eleven-strong tutorial team including Hettie Burrows our Assistant Housemistress and teacher of Economics and Business. 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. There are two matrons who care for the girls’ day to day needs as well as being another friendly face to whom they can talk.


Previously a Head of Department at Shiplake College and Housemistress at Notre Dame School, Michelle Baker joined Rugby in 2020 as an English teacher. After graduating from University College, Oxford she has worked in independent day and boarding schools as a tutor and classroom teacher, supporting students applying to Oxbridge, since 2000. She lives at Southfield with her husband, Matt, who has taught Mathematics at Rugby since 2012. Her young sons, Milo and Rowan, see the Southfield girls as new friends and enjoy living here along with Moog, the portly tabby.

Michelle loves Middle Eastern dance and has been a dancer and performer since her university days. She seizes any opportunity to strike out across the Derbyshire dales or attend an ‘80s retro festival. A lover of Victorian literature, her favourite books are ‘Three Men in a Boat’ for summer, ‘A Christmas Carol’ for winter and ‘Jane Eyre’ for a prolonged stay on a desert island. She loves many things about the Southfield girls, including their humour, kindness, motivation, and reading recommendations.

Hettie joined Rugby in 2018 as a teacher of Economics and Business. She read Land Economy at Cambridge University before completing her PGCE here at Rugby. During her time here, she has been a tutor in Stanley House and heavily involved in coaching senior team sports. As a keen sportswoman, she has represented her county in both hockey and cricket, played competitive tennis and completed three marathons. In her spare time, Hettie likes to spend time in Devon, where she grew up, and to travel abroad.