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Welcome to Seacole House

Due to our growth, we are so proud to launch our new House. Putting it to a vote, students and staff decided that we would honour Mary Seacole, a British-Jamaican nurse and businesswoman who set up the ‘British Hotel’ on the battlefields of the Crimean War. Students will learn lots about her over the year, but it was her compassion, bravery and savvy skills that earned her recognition. In more recent years she was voted as the ‘Greatest Black Briton’ and was awarded posthumously the Jamaican Order of Merit.
It is this medal that we styled our new House emblem on. The flowers around its edge symbolise the purple (Mrs Mustill’s favourite colour!) Jamaican national flower and we added the nursing cross. We are so pleased we could make this decision together as a community, offering students, staff and you guys as new Year 7s, a democratic experience in naming the new House. We know that those of you who join the new Seacole House will soon cheer the name on with pride, as loudly as we all do in our current houses.



Mrs R Mustill

Assistant Principal – Seacole


Ms A Walker

Student Support Assistant – Seacole


Mr D Fricker

Senior Tutor – Seacole



           Mary Seacole – A British-Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman, who defied social expectations and overcame prejudices to travel the world, run businesses and help those in need; even in the most dangerous places. She set up the ‘British Hotel’ behind the lines during the Crimean War.


Key Contacts for Seacole House

House Office call: 01353 652817

House email:

Student Support Assistant – Ali Walker

Senior Tutor – David Fricker

Assistant Principal – Rachael Mustill

Subject Leader Drama – Catherine Seymour

Subject Leader Music – Jonathan Newsome

Subject Leader Art – Lisa Edwards