Coombe House

A veritable hive of activity, Coombe House is home to seventy girls and boys. You can follow news and updates on Twitter @Coombe_House.

Meet the Houseparents


Housemaster: Mr Philip Todd 

Mr Todd, Coombe HousemasterMr Todd has taught Biology in school but has recently given this up to concentrate on his boarding role where he has been involved for many years. He tries to promote a sense of calm in the boarding house and students know to go to him if there is anything they have questions about or need.

Mr Todd believes that students should grasp all opportunities on offer if they are to get the most out of boarding and promotes activities that challenge and develop the character of students.

He studied at Bristol University and spent three years researching gulls on Skomer Island with Oxford University before becoming a teacher. Mr Todd spends much of his free time walking and bird watching on the Somerset levels and in the Lake District. He also enjoys classical music and singing.


Housemistress: Ms Elaine Luckham

E LuckhamElaine has a background in higher education and careers advice as well as teaching English as a foreign language.  With a Post Graduate qualification in Coaching, Elaine has had a life long interest in personal development and well-being. She says: “The key coaching skills – listening, good communication, unconditional regard for others – are something I can pass on to boarders in everyday conversation and interaction. I love the friendly, family feel of Coombe”. Her dog Bella (Boo) is loved by the boarders and she adores the attention she gets from them, although she is apparently “a calming influence at bedtime”! Elaine’s three children attended boarding schools, giving her valuable insights from both their, and her own experience.



Assistant Housemaster: Mr Isaac Ward

Mr Ward studied French at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded the Heather Osborne Memorial Award. He was also awarded scholarships to study in China and India due to academic prowess. Isaac completed his studies at the University of Bristol in International Relations MSc before beginning his teaching career.

Mr Ward teaches French and PE, and worked as a House Tutor in every boarding house at Sexey’s during his first year. He then became Assistant Housemaster in February 2018. Besides French, Mr Ward enjoys going to the gym and debating ideas with the members of Coombe House.


Assistant HousemasterMr Kris Dodge

Mr K DodgeMr Dodge has a passion for art, design and all things creative and has a BA (Hons) in Graphic design. As an assistant house parent in both boarding houses, this gives him a great insight into the daily running of each house as well as being able to get to know all of the wonderful students in the boarding community.

Mr Dodge is a father to a beautiful little girl and a cheeky cocker spaniel called Bodie and loves spending time with his young family. He is also a bit of a geek when it comes to technology and computer games and is never afraid to challenge the students to a quick game.



Assistant Housemistress: Miss Rosa Simms-Preston



Coombe House Tutor: Mr S Roberts