Meet the Avery Family

Meet Mr & Mrs Avery

We joined St Hugh’s in September 2014 after spending three years teaching in Nairobi, Kenya. St Hugh’s holds a very special place for us as a family, as after three years we got married and enjoyed a beautiful wedding reception at St Hugh’s on the Headmaster's Lawn! We have two young daughters, Olive, born in December 2018 and Fleur born in July 2020. We also have a four-year old Labrador, called Mazzi. We love dog walks, cooking and being outside.

Meet Mr Avery

You could say St Hugh’s is in my blood. I attended St Hugh’s as a boy from 1996 – 2003, my parents were Houseparents at St Hugh’s and I returned as a Gap Student for a year in 2008. Life has now gone full circle as Olive is now sleeping in the same room I grew up in. I have taught Design Technology and most recently I have run the PE department. I am a keen rugby and tennis player and I enjoy cooking and walking Mazzi.

Meet Mrs Avery

After my first teaching job in London, I moved to Kenya and worked as an Early Years teacher. I joined St Hugh’s in 2014 as a Reception class teacher and I am passionate about creating an exciting learning environment in which children can flourish and enjoy learning. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than listening to the junior boarders read and helping them at the start of their journey here at St Hugh’s.

Pastoral care has always been my passion and I love being on the boarders' landing and listening to the children talk about their day. I enjoy cooking (I have been told my chocolate brownies are the best in the world!), making pom poms and, most recently, the skill of making slime.

Meet Olive, Fleur & Mazzi

Olive is nearly two and loves being part of the boarding family. She enjoys having her breakfast and supper with the children and gets plenty of hugs and attention! Fleur is the newest addition to the boarding team and is already becoming accustomed to the buzz and busy atmosphere of the boarding house.  Mazzi is our Labrador, who also enjoys lots of attention and can often be found running around the grounds with the children and curling up with the boarders on a movie night.

Why choose boarding at St Hugh’s?

Being part of something special

Children can develop their independence in a safe and caring environment with their friends.

Family time means family time

Rest assured that your child is doing their prep under the guidance of our boarding tutors, so that when they get home, they are able to enjoy quality family time with you without worrying about homework. Friday night boarders are given a study session on Saturday morning so there is no prep to worry about at the weekend!


Those living further afield can enjoy boarding, taking the pressure off parents in the morning.

Value for money

Children that board enjoy dinner, supervised prep with a member of staff, activities/use of amazing facilities, snack, breakfast and if needed laundry.

Prior preparation

Whether you are looking at secondary boarding schools or day schools after your child’s time at St Hugh’s, the skills and traits they develop within the boarding house aim to help make the transition to secondary school smoother. Children looking to board at secondary school are encouraged to Weekly Board from Year 7.