Senior Girls' Boarding House - Wilberforce House

Wilberforce House

Wilberforce House enjoys a central position on the campus, located in the new Jubilee Court meeting area of the school, opposite the library and adjacent to the Great Hall. 

Wilberforce is a home from home for its 60 female residents who arrive in the Third Form or Lower Sixth. Housemistress Christine McCaffrey and her Assistant Alison Garcia are supported by a team of Tutors, House Captains and prefects. House tutors are responsible for a vertical tutor group of girls who remain with them throughout their time at Bloxham.  Matron Alison Ellis runs the House during the school day. Her locker room is a thoroughfare for everyone and a real hive of activity.


Christine McCaffrey is a languages teacher at Bloxham, as well as being Housemistress of Wilberforce House. Before embarking on a teaching career, Christine worked as a press officer at the French Embassy in London after starting off as a newspaper reporter. She is passionate about languages and travelling and combined both after university with a teaching job in Japan, and then a late gap year travelling around South East Asia and Australia. Christine and her husband and two teenage children live at Force Corner, a wing of the House. Christine loves the outdoors, cross country running, cycling, walking and gardening amongst her interests.

Assistant Housemistress

Miss Alison Garcia joined Bloxham as an English teacher in September 2014, joining Wilberforce in the same year. She became Assistant Housemistress of Wilberforce in January 2016. Originally from Canada, Alison loves to travel and speaks French and German. She is always adding new languages to her repertoire. She is an avid reader and writer who also enjoys singing in the school's Chapel Choir and playing the guitar. 

Wilberforce Tutor Team

Miss Sara Swann is the School Librarian, a post she has held for over ten years. She joined Wilberforce as a tutor in January 2004. When not at work Sara enjoys walking, swimming, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Claire Evans teaches Geography and is the Head of Careers. Claire used to be on the UCAS admissions team at Bristol University and enjoys using her knowledge to help Bloxham’s Sixth Formers prepare their university personal statements. She knows Wilberforce well, having spent time as its Assistant Housemistress. She is married with three young boys, with whom she escapes to Cornwall during the holidays for sandcastles, surfing and sea kayaking.

Mrs Sian Westbury teaches Design and Technology and coaches netball and tennis at Bloxham.  She is married with two children and a dog. In her spare time Sian likes playing tennis and cricket for local teams, yoga and jewellery making. She is also a huge rugby fan.

Mrs Rachel Lehmann joined Wilberforce in September 2014. She has taught Art at Bloxham for 12 years. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with them at the beach.

Miss Harriet Woodward is a Maths teacher and joined Bloxham in 2014. She previously worked as an accountant in London but wanted to go into teaching so she could get stuck back into real mathematics. She loves seeing the world and her hobbies include skiing, scuba diving, theatre and art. She is also very enthusiastic about sports, both taking part and watching, and has had a season ticket at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United for most of her life.

Dr Catherine Dunford is a Biology teacher and also joined Bloxham in 2015. Her interests and hobbies include writing, the voluntary sector and learning Portuguese. She enjoys exploring time, space and culture through reading, travelling and interacting with people and lives by the modus vivendi ‘give it a wholehearted go’!

Miss Sophie Herrmann joined Bloxham in 2016 to run the Drama Department. She previously ran her own musical theatre school, production company and agency in Cardiff. Sophie also performed in various shows including Avenue Q, Chorus Line and Guys and Dolls. Sophie loves singing and dancing and now runs the dance and musical theatre activities within the school. In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing with her kitten, Tabitha. 

House contact details

Housemaster - 01295 724312

Matron - 01295 724359

You can follow Wilberforce House on Twitter: @BloxhamWilbo