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York House

Opened by Dame Rosemary Murray, Old Senior, in 1981.
York House looks to the north west
York House looks to the north west

Miss Willis had always planned to make London her home when she retired from the school.  She moved to No 57 York Terrace in early 1947 and lived there very happily for eleven years.  York Terrace is just south of the Outer Circle in Regent’s Park and members of staff, past pupils and their families were often welcomed there. She kept up quite a pace in York Terrace, attending meetings, delivering sermons and addresses and attending a great number of Downe House weddings.  The house itself is no longer there.

CURRENT HOUSEMISTRESSES:  Grace Hamilton and Kerry Treacy


York South (later including West)

1981 – 1986               Mr Jack Bayliss

1986 – 2004               Dr Fiona Parsons

2004 - 2008                Mrs Elizabeth Lewis

2008 - 2013                Mrs Kristin Simpson

2013 - 2015                Dr Andrea Roberts

2015 - 2019                 Mrs Caroline Walton-Waters

2019 - 2021                  Grace Hamilton


York North (later including East)

(Built in 1984)

1984 – 1986               Mrs Diane Rogers BSc

1986 – 1988               Mrs Margaret Callaghan

1988 -  1992               Mrs Jill Richardson

1992 - 1998                Mrs Brenda Opie

1998 - 2007                Mrs Linda Whalley

2007 – 2009               Ms Claire Costello

2009 - 2011                Mrs Julie Fletcher-Dyer

2012 - 2015                Mrs Caroline Walton-Waters

2015  - 2021                Miss Ellen Clark, who has become Mrs Ellen Llewellyn



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