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: Nia Passmore
Mrs Passmore graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music, before moving to the UK to complete an MA in Historical Performance at the University of York, and a second MA in Creative Writing from York St. John University. She began working in boarding on completion of her degrees and has never looked back, now holding over 8 years experience in both houseparent and teacher roles. When not in the boarding house, she teaches Music and Singing in the Prep and Senior Schools.
Sharing in the successes and achievements of the children in Ganbrook and being in a position to encourage and guide them throughout their journey is a tremendous privilege. As someone who has lived abroad, far from her own family for many years, Mrs Passmore wholly understands what it means to be a boarder. Maintaining a "home from home" is at the heart of everything she does in order to ensure her boarding house is as nurturing, friendly, welcoming and happy as it can be for the girls in her care.
Mrs Passmore lives in Ganbrook with her husband, Dr Passmore, who also works at Stonar as the Director of Music, and their daughter Elodie, who attends Nursery when she is not bouncing around the boarding house! You may also spot their cat, Minim.
The Ganbrook atmosphere is happy and relaxed, with all boarders contributing to the family feel to the House."