|The boarding girls (aged 11 – 18) all live together in Moss Moor but are accommodated in age appropriate areas – in Endways, Moss Moor and Green Wing. The younger girls (aged 11 – 14) sleep in Endways which has one four bedded room, one three bedded room and two twin rooms. Endways has its own kitchen, where the girls can make their own snacks and enjoy baking, and a cosy common room.
Moss Moor has a large and very comfortable common room, where all the girl boarders, of all ages, meet together on a daily basis, along with a well-equipped kitchen. Up to 38 girls aged between 14 - 18 sleep here in 19 twin-bedded rooms. Each room has its own basin and along with their bed, each girl also has her own furniture.
|The first thing to say about Moss Moor is that it really does become your ‘home away from home’. There’s always someone to lend an ear, whether it’s a bad day, boy trouble or just that you need a good old moan! We all spend many nights ‘tunefully’ belting out all the classic tunes on the TV and dancing along to the Top 40. And, most importantly, we must not forget our toast and tea chats at break time.
Once the girls reach the Sixth Form, they will have the opportunity to move into the newly refurbished and extended Green Wing which has 14 single study bedrooms, Five twin bedded rooms (four with en-suites) along with two very comfortable kitchens and common rooms. Here the girls can learn more independence in preparation for their move to University.
|The best thing about living in Moss Moor is that the large range of age groups in the house enables everyone to truly be themselves. You can always find someone who has the same interests as you. It also means that you can interact with people of many different ages and build relationships with people who you wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to socialise with.
|Laura and Charlotte, L6th
|From the early morning sounds of ‘Morning, Morning’ to lunchtime gossip sessions and even communal work sessions, Green Wing sees every aspect of student life! It gives us the feeling of living in our own flat and allows us the independence of preparing for uni. Whether it’s work nights, quiet nights, loud nights, movie nights, snack nights, film nights or even wrestling nights, we’re a fantastically close knit community.
|I'm living and working with my best friends, what more could I want?
Moss Moor, along with each of the three separate sleeping areas within girls’ boarding, is every girl’s home away from home – where she sleeps, works and socialises. Each of the bedrooms has its own basin and is furnished with modern furniture including a bed, desk and wardrobe for each girl. Compulsory prep happens each weekday evening and is done in rooms. There is internet access in all rooms and printers are also available in designated areas.
The younger girls are influenced by the consistently high standards set by the Sixth Formers within the house, aspiring to follow in their footsteps. The junior girls always comment on how wonderful it is to have so many ‘big sisters’ looking out for them. It is lovely to see girls from all the different year groups enjoying activities and outings together. Whether it be an ice cream party in the Moss Moor Cottage garden, a shopping trip to Derby or the annual Moss Moor Dinner, all the girls enjoy having ‘sisters’ to enjoy them with.
The girls really do consider Moss Moor as a home and are able to seek help and guidance from the staff involved. We all work together to make it a happy home where each girl feels valued and can flourish, both academically and socially, in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
The Head of Moss Moor is Judy Teather. The daughter of a prep school headmaster, Judy was brought up at Yarlet Hall, near Stafford. She was educated at the School of St Mary and St Anne, Abbots Bromley before studying Business at College in Oxford. She began her career in Public Relations and Event Management – mainly sports related – with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Amateur Athletics Association and Adidas before moving into the regional press. After 10 years, she set up her own PR and Marketing Consultancy which she ran for 15 years with clients varying from professional football clubs to new house developers. During this period, in 2002, Judy started working part-time as Development Director for Denstone College looking after the Denstone Foundation and the work which it does for all former pupils, She was appointed Head of Moss Moor in April, 2008 and continues her work as Development Director. Judy is on the Board of Governors at Yarlet; is a dedicated Stoke City fan; and has four children, 3 daughters and a son, all of whom are, or have been, educated at Denstone – a black Labrador and a Springer Spaniel.
Harriet Gill is Assistant Head of Moss Moor. Whilst studying at Loughborough University, Harriet represented Loughborough Lightning Superleague netball team. Upon graduating in 2016, Harriet became a graduate teaching assistant at Denstone, before embarking on a PGCE in Mathematics at Edge Hill University. Harriet then re-joined Denstone in September 2018 as a Teacher of Maths, Head of Netball and Heywood Tutor. Harriet is a keen sportswoman herself and enjoys a multitude of sports. In addition to playing netball, in her spare time, Harriet enjoys playing the piano, travelling, and spending time with friends and family
Philippa Ireland is a tutor in Moss Moor. She started her career as an Information professional in London after graduating from City University with a masters in Information Science. She took some time out to complete a PhD, becoming a school librarian after the birth of her second child. She moved to Denstone College in 2013 to head up the (then) brand new library, tempted by a change of scenery from suburbia to Staffordshire and the opportunity to develop the library from scratch. Arriving as Head Librarian, Selwyn Tutor and Denstone parent, she has since taken on several additional and varied responsibilities including editor of the Denstonian magazine and Assistant Head of Sixth form; she currently splits her time at the College between the library, examinations and Sixth Form. When not at school, she enjoys the luxury of spending quality time with her family, husband Steven and children, Gaby and Zach.
Hannah Raisbeck is a Moss Moor tutor and an Old Denstonian, having attended as a day girl (2004-2011). On leaving the College she studied Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Hannah began teaching at Denstone in November 2015 and teaches History to all age groups at the College. After being Captain of the girls' 1st XI hockey team during her time at Denstone she now coaches both the girls and the boys in the Michaelmas and Lent term. She is a Selwyn Senior tutor.
Catherine Tuxford graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a degree in French. Upon graduating she went to Reims to work for Champagne House, Taittinger before returning to the UK to take up a post in the buying department at Oddbins. Following a PGCE at the University of Sussex, Catherine worked at the Holy Trinity School in Crawley teaching French, Latin and Spanish. Having moved north arriving at Denstone to teach French and coach cross country, netball and athletics, Catherine met and married Jon.
Gemma Williams graduated from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff as a Nutritionist and went on to study as a Physical Education teacher. She is a qualified aerobics, step, pilates and swimming teacher who has a passion for running, triathlons and dance. She is working as a sports coach and boarding tutor at Denstone College, having previously been Director of Sport at Terra Nova Preparatory School, Cheshire.
Moss Moor is lucky to have an experienced matron, Lesley Raisbeck.
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