Welcome to Ganbrook
With its enviable location on the upper floors of the main manor house, Ganbrook is full of interesting nooks and crannies for the boarders to explore. Ganbrook is a girls' only house for those in Years 5 to 10, with 17 bedrooms of various sizes, such as a 6- bed dorm for the youngest boarders at the front of the building. There are several quad and twin rooms as well, housing up to 47 pupils. Ganbrook was once the home of the Dowager Lady Fuller, and with its high ceilings and large airy rooms, girls have plenty of space to settle down and make their own home-from-home. Residing here offers stunning views of the Stonar lawns and wider countryside from the common room. Sitting at the heart of the school, boarders only have to go downstairs to be in the main school building and are the closest to breakfast!
Ganbrook prides itself on its warm, caring and open atmosphere, which enables everyone to feel comfortable both in themselves and as part of the Ganbrook family, where each individual is valued. Ganbrook girls are loyal to the House and each other, taking pride in each other’s successes, no matter how small. Ganbrook is a community where girls live, learn and grow together.
Meet The Houseparent: Tina Tilley
Mrs Tilley graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science and then studied a PGCE at Exeter University. She teachers PE and games in the Prep and Senior school. She lives with her husband, her young son and daughter and two spaniels in private accommodation within Ganbrook.
Mrs Tilley sees the boarding house as an extension of her family, having been a Houseparent at Stonar since 2010. She believes it is an absolute privilege and honour to play such a pivotal role in supporting and guiding the Ganbrook Girls’ through these crucial stages of their lives, as they grow and develop into spirited, thoughtful, independent, resilient and confident young adults. She has an open-door policy which means boarders can pop in for a chat or to discuss any problems or concerns they may have. Girls in Ganbrook get involved, have fun and strive for excellence in all that they do, whilst it is always instilled in them that it is better to have tried and failed, than to never to try at all. Mrs Tilley hopes that when people walk into Ganbrook they find a purposeful House, with a sense of fun and a love of life.
The Ganbrook atmosphere is happy and relaxed, with all boarders contributing to the family feel to the House."