Katrina Mousley is the current Housemistress of Oakeley House and started at Gresham’s in September 2012. Katrina lives in Oakeley with her husband Andrew, who works in the Catering department at the Prep and Pre-Prep along with their two daughters who attend the Prep School.
Katrina loves travelling, walking, camping and exploring especially prehistoric landmarks. She also enjoys cycling, swimming and reading. When she is not in the House she can be found teaching Spanish and French to Senior level in the Library block. Katrina is an avid supporter of human rights and helps run the Gresham’s Amnesty International Youth group. She also likes to promote awareness of ecological issues and encourages the Oakeley girls to be green!
Oakeley House, the oldest of the girl’s houses, is named after Dick Bagnall-Oakeley, Old Greshamian, Geography teacher at Gresham’s (1933-’68), and radio and TV presenter of Natural History programmes.
Built in 1903, situated on the south side of the Cromer Road, the ‘House’ was the School Sanatorium until the mid-late 30’s when what is now Britten House was built for the role. It then became staff accommodation until about 1972 when girls started to join Gresham’s in small but steadily growing numbers.
The ‘new’ East Wing at the Library end, was built in 1977/’78, and the girls’ house accommodating 50, was finally established. When numbers in Oakeley reached 100 a second girl’s house (Edinburgh) was opened.
In 1988 an extension was built to accommodate junior boarders and the Cottages were given a major overhaul in 1994 to provide more senior boarding accommodation. The rather quaint and quirky, ‘rabbit warren’ nature of the House that has resulted from this evolution generates a homely feel which appeals to many of our girls.
The boarder’s accommodation is quite varied in style, the largest dormitories housing just four Year 9 or Year 10 pupils. Most rooms in the House are double bed-sits and we hope to provide Upper Sixth pupils with a room of their own. Wherever possible the day girls are integrated in rooms with the boarders.
Total number of pupils currently in Oakeley 68 with 37 boarders (figures correct at time of posting).
Oakeley is in the midst of a complete rebuild and renovation. The new central block was started in the old garden and the East wing was renovated in July 2016 and the original house at the centre was demolished in July 2017. Oakeley girls will be living in three buildings this year but will still be very much together as one boarding house.
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- The House Matron is Ms Denise Bunkell. She has been the full time residential matron of Oakeley since 2001 and has the Professional Practice Certificate in Boarding Welfare and Pastoral Care. She is responsible for a wide range of pastoral and practical issues and as a parent of two boys who were at the School as boarders in Woodlands, she has experience of the School from both sides of the fence.
- Miss Sophie King will live in the staff flat once the building work has been completed. Miss King teaches geography and loves baking, yoga and swimming.
Visiting and Academic Tutors:
- Miss Emma Whittle – Head of Psychology
- Miss Fi Gathercole – Assistant Head Co-curricular – Biology teacher
- Ms Bridget O’Brien, Director of Drama
- Mrs Katrina Robinson – Teacher of ESL
- Mrs Stephanie Gates – Head of Learning Support
- Miss Sophie Mullan – Teacher of Geography and PE
- Ms Kaz Higashi – Teacher of Business Studies
- Mrs Julie Flower – Director of Pastoral Care
House Captain – Jessica Dykes
Deputy House Captain – Samantha Horan
School Prefect – Lora Naydenova
House Prefects – Elizabeta Forjan, Lucy-Rose Baar and Eva Margarit Colomer