Meet The Pastoral Team


The Pastoral Team is led by Kate Simlett, Deputy Head (Pastoral).

House Staff and Tutor Team

All girls are supported by a Tutor and House Staff. Girls are placed in a small tutor group which allows them to build close relationships and their progress, in all areas, can be monitored. The House Staff are involved in the care of both day and boarding pupils and have a vital role to play in the team.


The girls and staff are supported by the School Chaplain in all areas of school life. As well as leading services and providing spiritual guidance the chaplain offers an informal, confidential listening service to all girls. 

Health Centre

The Health Centre has a vital role in caring for both the the physical and emotional wellbeing of the girls. The Health Centre is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of Registered Nurses. 

Janet Bonham, Sister in Charge.  
Sister Bonham is responsible for the smooth running of the health centre, and organises travel vaccinations.

Lindsey Pickering, Sister.
Sister Pickering has extensive background in emergency medicine and childhood immunisations.

Caroline Hutchison, Sister.
Sister Hutchison's special interests include mental health and smoking advice.

They are ably supported by Dr Nicola Elliott who is the School Medical Officer. She runs a surgery at school each Monday and is also available at West Bar Surgery in Banbury.


We have 2 school counsellors who provide a confidential support service to the girls. They each cover one afternoon a week and girls can either self-refer or be referred if they feel it would be useful to talk to someone confidentially. 

Mahwish Qamar

I am passionate about working with young people and staff. I work in education as I deeply believe in helping people develop emotionally to achieve academic success, as we learn the best when we feel valued and appreciated. 

I have worked as a teacher in the past which motivated me to pursue training in counselling and psychotherapy. I have knowledge and experience of working with key trends in educational settings, helping students with a diverse range of issues including, but not limited to, exam stress, relationships, loss and bereavement, transition, self-harm, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, fear, anger along with other educational and boarding issues.

I work in a non-directive way to address underlying emotional difficulties empowering young people and helping them bring positive changes in their life. I enjoy working at Tudor Hall and I am here in the school to support everyone.

Contact: or 07536 309958

Sarah Whitehouse

I bring with me a breadth of experience gained as a school counsellor in primary and secondary schools, charitable organisations and private practice. I also teach Counselling and Psychotherapy at degree level and supervise trainee and qualified therapists. I have trained and worked with a range of presenting issues resulting from events such as trauma, bereavement, parental separation, bullying and anxiety. Adolescence is a time of transition and change so it’s not at all unusual to feel unsure, worried or sad at times. 

Counselling offers a safe space where clients can talk about any issues which are impacting on their wellbeing, without fear of judgement. I believe that in speaking with a trusted person, children, teenagers and adults can often make better sense of themselves and their experiences.

I can sense the warmth of community at Tudor Hall and I am delighted to have been asked to join the school as a counsellor.