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Boarding at RGS


Here at RGS, we are privileged to be able to provide accommodation for up to seventy boarders aged 11-18 within our modern, purpose-built boarding house, Fraser Youens.

Boarding at RGS


To ensure a comprehensive boarding experience for our students, we offer a wide range of organised weekly activities for boys to take part in.
Here at RGS, we are privileged to be able to provide accommodation for up to seventy boarders aged 11-18 within our modern, purpose-built boarding house, Fraser Youens.

Constructed just before the new millennium, our accommodation, facilities and the overall boarding experience we provide is consistently rated as outstanding by our students. The comfort of the boys in our care is central to every aspect of boarding life and we are delighted to say that our staff and boarders alike share a true sense of family and community, ensuring a genuine ‘home from home’ experience.

Over the past eight years, our boarders have consistently outperformed our day students in academic results, with recent leavers achieving over 90% at A*-B at A-Level and almost 80% at A*-A grades at GCSE. Boarding at RGS allows our boys to benefit from extra time studying, which would otherwise be spent travelling to and from school, as well as the opportunity to participate in the wide range of activities available in and out of traditional school hours. The ability to socialise, enjoy in-built free time and have access to continuous academic and pastoral support is core to the success of our boarding students.

Our highest priority has, and will always be, the welfare of our students and as such, we strongly believe that boarding should not be a separation from family but instead an extension of family. Throughout their time at RGS, our boarding students will benefit from being at the core of a working partnership between their parents and our staff, designed to both nurture and promote success.

We strive to promote a feeling of family community throughout Fraser Youens and we actively encourage many of our boarders help lead this community within both the house and school.

  • Gina Barry

    Matron

  • Debbie Mynett

    Boarding Administrator

  • Alex Lee

    Boarding Tutor

  • Luke Pettengell

    Boarding Tutor

  • Francis Mullaly

    Boarding Tutor

  • Chris Richardson

    Boarding Tutor

  • James Young

    Boarding Tutor

  • Sarah Scourfield

    Boarding Tutor

  • Sabrina Lawson

    Boarding Tutor

  • Antony Silvey

    Boarding HouseMaster

  • Ginny Gallagher

    Academic Housemistress

Meet Our
Boarding Staff

  • Gina Barry

    Matron

  • Debbie Mynett

    Boarding Administrator

    Debbie left Keele University in 1998 and started her career as a retail graduate management trainee with Sainsbury’s. She enjoyed managing people so much she pursued a route into a HR team in a store. Whilst working as an HR manager she gained a postgraduate diploma in HR with the CIPD. A long career followed with rich experiences in the field but was made redundant after 19 years, as Sainsbury’s transformed retail HR. This opened another door for her to change her work life balance and join the team at Fraser Youens House.

    In the summer holiday of 1997 she travelled throughout Canada and met a British chap in a customs hall in Seattle, little did she know he would end up as her husband and father of her two young daughters Nieve and Jessica.  After marrying in 2002 their love of travel continued for 10 years, skiing in Canada, exploring New Zealand and the Caribbean to mention the highlights. After a brief pause whilst the children were small they have recently returned to this passion most recently visiting Lake Garda last year with the children.

    Debbie is a local person who was born in High Wycombe and has lots of family members in the area. When she is not travelling she is a busy mum who runs, bakes and gardens but enjoying growing flowers especially and is a Governor at Holmer Green First School and Pre-School.

  • Alex Lee

    Boarding Tutor

    Alex was educated in Lancashire at Rossall School where he spent thirteen years as a boarder himself (he knows every trick in the book!). He then moved to South Africa to work as a Gap Student at Bishops School whilst playing rugby for the University of Cape Town. He has gained a diverse range of experiences working with the Royal Marines as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for several teams including London Welsh and Canada 7’s. Alex started as an Athletic Development Coach within the PE department at RGS in January 2019 and previous to that lived in the Middle East for six years working as Assistant Head of Physical Performance for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. Alex’s main interests lie in a holistic approach to the education of the boys, helping them develop as happy and well-rounded young men whilst achieving academically. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys dog walking to help burn off Roberto’s desserts!

  • Luke Pettengell

    Boarding Tutor

  • Francis Mullaly

    Boarding Tutor

  • Chris Richardson

    Boarding Tutor

    Chris completed his PGCE at Durham University and joined RGS as a Geography teacher in 2018. A keen sportsman, Chris grew up in leafy Kent, playing district cricket for Ashford. He also enjoys table tennis and football; playing for the RGS staff team is the highlight of his week! A competitive chess player, a fierce political debater and the coach of the “Fives” team, Chris is a superb addition to the boarding team. Already part of the boarding community as a boarding tutor, Chris has also helped support the day boarders with their prep. He is a keen Geographer who is passionate about sharing the love of his subject and enjoys nothing more than taking a group of his students out on field study trips to places of geographical significance including Devon, the Lake District and Buxton. 

  • James Young

    Boarding Tutor

    After seven years at Hornsea School and Language College James went on to study Natural Sciences for four years at the University of Cambridge before staying a further year to complete his PGCE. He returned part time to complete his Master of Education. He started working at RGS in 2010 as a Teacher of Chemistry and has been a Boarding Tutor since 2012. James is the Subject Leader for Chemistry and is also involved in U12 Rugby. Mr Young’s boarding revision sessions for Chemistry have been a huge success. Outside of school he enjoys running, especially those gruelling events with mud and obstacles.

  • Sarah Scourfield

    Boarding Tutor

    Sarah lives in Fraser Youens House along with Jon and their two young daughters. Sarah is a primary KS2 teacher and prior to changing her career to teaching, worked in the corporate events and conference industry in London. She studied International Politics and Strategic Studies at Aberystwyth University and a few years later completed her PGCE at Oxford Brookes. Sarah has travelled around the World, is an enthusiastic runner, has fulfilled a childhood aspiration of running the London Marathon and more recently ran the gruelling Boxing Day Chevin Chase Race. Sarah’s top priority in boarding is to create a warm and friendly environment for the boys while they are studying and living away from home. 

  • Sabrina Lawson

    Boarding Tutor

    Sabrina is the current Head of Spanish at RGS and shares a boarding tutor group with Mrs Scourfield. Having gone to school at Challoner's she then went to study German and Spanish at Manchester University, including a third year spent in both Spain and Germany. After graduating, she lived in Poland for two years, teaching English and then spent one final year in Madrid before deciding to return to the UK to teach full time. She runs an annual Spanish exchange trip, enjoys travelling and has led World Challenge trips to Madagascar, Tanzania, Morocco and Croatia. She particularly likes baking and loves running baking as an activity for our boarders. 

  • Antony Silvey

    Boarding HouseMaster

    Antony joined the teaching staff at RGS in 2014 after completing a PGCE and a BA in Spanish at Birmingham University as well as spending a year in Huelva, Andalucía. Antony is an old boy of the school having played in the same 1st XV as England international Christian Wade. Antony teaches Spanish to A level and French to our junior students. Antony is a keen rugby player but loves nothing less than to discuss the finer aspects of Spanish cuisine. As an old boy, Antony can pass on many handy hints to our boarders.

  • Ginny Gallagher

    Academic Housemistress

    Ginny was educated at Hereford Cathedral School before reading Mathematics with Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. She joined the RGS in 2004 after enjoying a short spell teaching in India. Ginny has been part of the Boarding community since 2005, as a House Tutor and now Housemistress. In addition to teaching Mathematics, she is an officer in the CCF (Army) and involved in Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge Expeditions. Ginny is married to David, who is a Head of Year and a fellow RGS Maths teacher. They have a young daughter, who was born in 2014. Although Mrs Gallagher has responsibility for Academic matters within Boarding she is clearly there to support all of the boarders in a huge variety of ways. Younger boarders might want to know that she holds the Boarding pocket money account.

  • β€˜β€˜It is impossible to express how happy I am with the progress made by both of them. Excellent facilities, excellent teaching and a boarding house that is home from home.”

    A direct quote from a boarding parent, cited in our latest Ofsted report.