The Lakes - Girls
Girls' Day House
Housemistress: Joy Gray
Assistant Housemistress: Becky Connolly
Matrons: Liz Standen, Juliet Bowers, Chrissy Bix
Group tutors: Sian Lewis-Williams, Aimee Coelho, Becky Connolly, Penny Fearn, Craig Devlin
Contacts: Tel. 01458 444318
The Lakes provides the girls with a large common room in which to socialise, study or rest - with comfy sofas, a kitchen area to make snacks or breakfast, fresh fruit and a tuck shop run by the Matrons. There are also changing rooms with lockers, toilets and showers, and space for pupils to store books and kit.
There is a great sense of community and the girls are encouraged to look after one another. The mentor programme also works very well, with each new girl to the house being allocated a senior pupil to help them settle in. With the further advantage of being situated next to Overleigh (our sister girls' Day house), The Lakes girls can easily mix and enjoy close relationships with their neighbours.
Joy is Housemistress, having spent several years as a Lakes group tutor. She has been teaching English for over 25 years, of which 18 have been at Millfield. During that time, she has worked in both boarding and day houses, across all year groups. Joy is second in the English Department, as well as running the school’s public speaking and debating programme. In addition to this, she tries to find time for home life with her husband, two children, a dog and a cat. Holidays usually involve a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon to catch up with some Shakespeare, as well as a stay in Ireland to reconnect with family and friends - and restore her Irish accent!
Our Assistant Housemistress, Becky Connolly, joined Millfield in 2016 in the post of Teacher of Chemistry, following her overseas post in Dubai, UAE. She is also second in the Chemistry Department and is in charge of BTEC Science. During her time here she has gained experience in both boys’ and girls’ houses, in both day and boarding, before deciding that a Girls’ Day house was where she could make the biggest impact. Out of school she is keen to pursue hobbies within the Arts and looks forward to supporting the girls in events such as the House Song competition and the Showcase. In addition to this, she also takes a group of 30+ pupils (including some of the Lakes’ girls) clay pigeon shooting, which she thoroughly enjoys.