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Dallam appoints two key staff for boarding house

Dallam appoints two key staff for boarding house

Amongst the new pupils and staff joining us at the start of the academic year, is a new head of boarding.

Internationals students, who live at on our Heversham site, come for short experience courses and to study GCSEs and A Levels.

In charge of their boarding experience from September will be Nicola Gilbert, from Ackworth School in West Yorkshire. Nicola will also have wider responsibilities as a member of Dallam’s senior leadership team.

Nicola comes well equipped for the task of improving and developing boarding at Dallam. She recently led her school’s boarding provision through an inspection by the regulatory body, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection. They gave Ackworth School the highest possible rating of “excellent” in all areas, which include pupils’ achievements, as well as their academic and personal development. The school is also shortlisted for International Boarding School of The Year.

Dallam headteacher Steven Henneberry said:

Since accepting her position with us earlier this year, Nicola’s already been shaping changes at our boarding house. That’s included introducing more contact time with boarders, producing a boarder’s guide, bettering students’ access to help, and strengthening links between teaching and boarding staff. And we’ve lots more plans.

A mother of two, Nicola is looking forward to making a new home at the boarding school with her >husband and family. She says her mission is:

to attract, retain, empower and delight boarding pupils and their families – present and future – through standout pastoral care and boarding experience.

Nicola, who boarded at school in Northern Ireland in the late 1990s, said: “Even with the political state the country was in, I always felt safe, very well cared for, and I owe everything to that experience for making me who I am today”.

Nicola joins a boarding team that includes another new appointment. In April, Marguerite Richards, a school nurse from The Royal Ballet School, London took up post as resident school nurse for Dallam boarders. She says hers is a hugely rewarding role, which includes the health and wellbeing of the boarders.

“Both Marguerite and Nicola bring lots of expertise and experience and that’s already paying dividends.

Added Steven. 

For further information about boarding at Dallam please call 015395 63377 or email

Photo: L-R: Marguerite Richards, Steven Henneberry, Nicola Gilbert.

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