Plymouth (Boarding, Boys)

Junior boys aged 11 to 14 years.

Welcome to Plymouth, the School’s junior boarding house for boys aged 11 to 14. My name is Paul Oatridge and I’m married to Katy, and we live in the house alongside the boys with our 3 children, Bella, Evie and Samuel. Along with Angela Francis, the Deputy Houseparent, we run Plymouth House, and we’re delighted to be working at Kingham Hill School.

We have both worked at various Independent HMC schools in the North of England, teaching maths and chemistry, as well as being a Head of House. Before moving to Kingham, we lived in Ilkley, where Katy grew up, so it’s taking a little bit of time to get used to life in the Cotswolds, but we love the beauty of the School site and the surroundings. As a family we love cooking, baking, playing outside, playing music, dancing to music and seeing family and friends. I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially when Liverpool are doing well and winning trophies again, which sadly isn’t as much as I’d like it to be!

Our main aim for the house is to make sure that all of our boys feel comfortable and relaxed and that they see it is as a home away from home. As a house, one of our biggest values is respect - we encourage all of our boys to respect themselves and others, as well as the house and possessions of the school and other people. Creating a house full of brothers who enjoy the ins and outs of family life on the Hill is something that is important to myself, Katy and the rest of the house team. We create this through having a number of house nights watching films and sports matches, and taking Saturday trips off site to participate in activities like rugby, paintball, zorbing and trampolining.

We understand that for some boys the experience of boarding may be a new one, whilst others may have been away from home before. Regardless of previous experiences, we make sure that the transition to secondary school is as easy as possible for everyone by utilising our brilliant house team to help support the pastoral needs of our boarders so they feel welcomed and happy at school.

Along with Angela Francis, we have 2 Pastoral Assistants and 3 tutors who meet our boys regularly to discuss academic progress and provide a safe place for pupils to talk about any pastoral needs they may have.

We hope that gives you a flavour of Plymouth house and if you have any further questions, please do get in touch with me via my school email address

Houseparent: Paul Oatridge

Deputy Houseparent: Angela Francis

House Assistant: Katy Oatridge

Pastoral Assistants: Polly Standring and Joshua Savage