Senior Girls' Boarding House - Raymond House
Raymond House is situated on the main campus tucked between Seymour House and Exham House. Walking from the inner quad, Raymond is past the Great Hall through the tunnel on the right, with its colourful name hanging on the door.
Raymond House consists of three corridors of rooms. There are usually about 70 girls in the house, split into five year groups. Third Form boarders share three triple rooms in the house, while Third Form day boarders have a separate room, with pull out beds for busy nights. There is also a common room on the Third Form floor, which can be used by all boarders and day boarders. In the Fourth and Fifth Form, the girls who board get their own room. Day boarders are situated in ground floor bedrooms and share with at least one other girl. Every girl has their own desk and shelves to work at during prep time.
This year, the House Captain is Ashleigh Durham.
House contact details
Housemistress - 01295 724310
Matron - 01295 724317
You can follow Raymond House on Twitter: @Bloxham_Raymond
Jude Single joins Bloxham this year and takes over the role as Raymond Housemistress. After 20 years in boarding education, involved in everything from house duties to drama teaching, UCAS interviews to public events, school plays to running a Social Centre, Jude is delighted to be joining the team in Raymond, where she shall be living and working and devoting time to the people who will be like a new family: the girls in the house. Jude will be involved in drama at Bloxham, and will continue to enjoy gym, swimming and reading. But what she am looking forward to most is getting to know and working with students, colleagues, parents and guardians.
Linda Hunt became Assistant Housemistress of Raymond in 2016. Linda completed her degree in English Literature at Glasgow University in 2013 and then went straight into a Teach First placement, before completing her PGCE. Whilst at university, she achieved the rank of Junior Under Officer in the Officer Training Corps, which offered lots of opportunities alongside military training. Alongside English, Linda's other passions include singing, keeping fit, Highland dancing, watching rugby and cooking healthy meals for family and friends.
Raymond Tutor Team
Sally Britten-Snell has been a tutor in Raymond for thirteen years. She is married with three children, all now at university. Sally is the Wardrobe Mistress at Bloxham and helps the Drama Department with all the various drama productions that take place over the course of the year.
Nigel Evans is Head of Science and Chemistry at Bloxham. He has been a teacher at Bloxham since 2000; having previously taught chemistry and physics in New Zealand. Nigel is also contingent commander of the CCF and is involved with the climbing club, cross country running and orienteering. Nigel has a son is in Sixth Form at Bloxham and his daughter left a couple of years ago. Outside of teaching, his interests include outdoor pursuits, gardening, photography and fishing.
Elena Lesu joined Bloxham in 2016 as a languages teacher. Elena is passionate about languages, speaking four fluently although she could also add Latin, which she has studied for five years and finds very interesting! Music plays an important role in Elena's life and she has studied the piano for almost 12 years. She enjoys swimming and travelling, which is when being able to speak different languages comes in very handy!
Clare Summers joined Bloxham as an English teacher last September, after six years teaching in Chipping Norton. Prior to teaching Clare had a career in publishing. She studied languages at university, as well as English, and has taught French and German. Clare's ideal holiday involves spending time with her family in France. She loves the theatre and particularly enjoys performances at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon whilst also enjoying long walks with her dog, cooking and reading novels.
Karla Perera joined Bloxham as Head of Biology last September. She obtained her degree from the Royal Veterinary College, before pursuing a PhD in molecular genetics. Originally from Northern Ireland, Karla has a self-deprecating sense of humour and a few interesting colloquialisms (her accent has waned after five years teaching in Oxfordshire). She is a keen rugby fan and supports her home team, Ulster. Karla also enjoys baking and cake decorating.