IB Boarding Staff
Our residences provide a friendly and nurturing environment which enables our Pre-IB, Middle School Programme and IB Diploma students to thrive. The beautiful and safe boarding environment combines secure residential housing with outdoor green spaces.
Our House Parents team are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our boarding students; they offer dedicated support.
The House Parents are listed below in alphabetical order:
Charlotte Craven is the Boarding Assistant at St Clare’s for the 121 Site based in Old House. She recently received her A Levels from the Royal Grammar School Newcastle and is spending her gap year with us. She plans on attending university next year and hopes to pursue a degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. In her free time, she enjoys rowing and has competed at a national level. Lottie will also be spending her year singing with the University College Oxford Chapel choir and hopes to further her classical and operatic vocal training.
Jenine is the House Parent for the 127 Banbury House. She was born in the Philippines but grew up in the UK. From 2013 – 2017, Jenine was a student at University of Nottingham where she studied American and Canadian Literature, History and Culture (BA). As part of her degree, she also studied abroad at the College of New Jersey from 2015 – 2016. Her studies led to an interest in how pieces of culture, such as music and film, often reflect the political mindset of a nation particularly in relation to Race and Gender.
Following her undergraduate degree, Jenine has been working in boarding. First joining as a Graduate Residential Assistant and then as a House Parent at another sixth form college in Cardiff. Recently, she has been passionate about expanding her knowledge around mental health through various courses. In her own time, she enjoys baking and going to the theatre. She also has interests in travelling and discovering new cultures.
Shirley started her career in education teaching English Literature and Language on the south coast of England. As the head of a pupil referral unit she developed an interest in pastoral care which led her to a BA in Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health. She then worked as head of pastoral care for several years before making the decision to leave the UK and has taught at International schools in both Spain and Italy and in boarding schools across Europe and the UK. Combining qualifications in neuroscience, educational psychology and mental health, Shirley has written a series of workshops and development programmes which have been used in schools all over the world. A BSA accredited boarding practitioner; Shirley has recently completed the BSA Boarding Diploma in Leadership and is a UN trained climate change teacher.
In her spare time Shirley enjoys reading 19th century literature and poetry. She is also a keen hiker having completed the Camino de Santiago and the European Peace Walk. She is planning to complete the Shikoku Henro Trail for her next challenge!
Tom is new to St Clare’s in 2020, but is no stranger to life within a boarding school – he has spent a third of his life either attending or working at one. Aside a 3 year trip to Falmouth University to study Music Theatre, Tom has had a very unique insight into the life of a student living and studying away from home. This is what has fuelled his passion for creating vibrant and memorable boarding experiences within every establishment he has worked at. Throughout life, Tom has been very extra-curricular alongside his studies; he has performed musicals such as Les Miserables, RENT, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also plays guitar, drums, piano, trumpet (and a few others), but mainly performs as a country singer at various gigs around the country. Sport is also very important to him; he played rugby, basketball and football for his college, competed in UK youth athletics in the javelin and now does competitive powerlifting (as very much an amateur!). Tom is also a qualified basketball coach.
In his spare time, you can find Tom at the gym, cycling, cooking, exploring fancy eateries with his girlfriend, or trying to justify staying up until 2AM to watch the NBA.
Warren has been involved in education for over 20 years including stints of living and teaching in countries as diverse as Poland, Canada, and Japan, as well as the UK. In addition to his experience in boarding, he also has considerable experience gained in permanent teaching positions in a variety of different schools, ranging from state comprehensives, PRU’s (Pupil Referral Unit), a hospital school, grammar schools and private schools in London and Kent. He was born in the UK but grew up in Canada and returned permanently to the UK in 2003, where he obtained his teaching degree. He spent over 10 years working in finance at the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto as well as the Japanese Embassy in London. Living in Oxford presents the pleasure of spending time with his daughter exploring the city and all its history as well as the surrounding countryside.