Macnamara’s House

Welcome to Macnamara’s House, affectionately known as Mac’s. The Mac’s girls are warm and friendly and are encouraged to take advantage of the amazing opportunities on offer at Teddies. The girls have a strong affiliation to the House and its community, and so develop lifelong friendships.


he girls in Mac’s are encouraged to develop their self-reliance and to be motivated to become the best possible version of themselves.  With this confidence and determination, it is hoped, the girls will become confident and successful young adults.

The home from home, supportive nature of the House enables each girl to develop an attitude to ‘have a go’, regardless of the outcome.   We have high expectations of our girls but, perhaps more importantly, they have high expectations of themselves: in how they behave and the efforts they make both in and out of the classroom, whether it be in the Theatre, in the Art and Design Department, the Dance Studio, the Music School or indeed on the Sports field, Mac’s girls are true all-rounders!

This is a home to nearly sixty teenage girls, three live-in House staff and an excellent team of visiting House tutors so there is always an adult around to provide wisdom, sympathy or a hot chocolate. We all work very hard to make it the best we can.

In addition, creating and maintaining strong partnerships with parents is fundamental to ensuring our girls’ happiness and subsequent success. We want to see your daughter develop into a happy, capable, caring and self-confident young adult who is prepared and ready for the next stage in her life.

A word from Head of House, Pim Kanthamanon:

Mac’s is warm and friendly as well as being full of life and character. At the heart of our House is the kitchen and common room, which is where everyone gathers during break time or after school, perhaps because it is always packed with food! This includes anything from biscuits, toast and milkshakes, but the House favourite seems to be nachos and dips or the more healthy alternative of cucumber, carrots and hummus. Regardless, you will always see different year groups hanging out together whether it be for casual chats or organized House activities like baking, movie or quiz nights. Although I have many favourite House activities, Mac’s Ball (our annual charity dinner), end of term parties which always involve a game of ‘sardines’ and weekend takeaways definitely top the list! The inclusive atmosphere in Mac’s means that younger and older years can easily form close friendships, creating a homely and supportive community. It is for this reason that Shells and other new pupils often seem to settle in so quickly despite how nervous they may feel in the beginning. We are also extremely lucky to have the most supportive house staff, especially our HM Mrs Newson. She is always leading the House with positivity while also placing a strong emphasis on kindness and the Mac’s House spirit. We are always encouraged to take an active part in both House life and School life and we can have a chat with her or Helen (our matron) about almost everything. I can safely say that Mac’s is home to some of the most happy faces in Teddies!



Housemistress: Kate Newson

Beth Watts (Assistant Housemistress)
Andrew Rush (Resident Tutor)
Julia-Minette Adlam
Lisa Elkins
Nicola Hunter
Christopher Irvine
Monica Islam
Heather Murphy
Chloe Quentin
Beth Watts
Thomas Wyatt

House Matron: Helen Barstow
Head of House: Pim Kanthamanon
Deputy: Macy Jilla
School Prefect: Izzy Rees
Contact: Housemistress 01865 319255 or 07715 990536
Matron 01865 319340 or 07595 565685
Assistant HM 01865 319311

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