Coombe House

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

Meet the Houseparents


Boarding House Manager: Mr M Doherty 

Mr DohertyMatt has over twenty years’ experience in education. Having originally come from professional football and then coaching, Matt has worked within professional sport in both the UK and USA as well as teaching in the Prison Service for almost eight years.

Matt began working in schools and boarding ten years ago and has developed a real passion for the growth and support he can offer young people. Matt has many other interests outside of sport such as Literature and The Arts, music, socializing and travelling  – he has been fortunate to explore countries such as Cambodia, Egypt, Vietnam, Australia, USA and Canada.


Assistant Houseparent: Mrs J Watts 

Mrs Watts joined the Boarding department in September 2020. She is a mum and grandma, enjoying precious time with them all. Bringing a wealth of experience to the Boarding House, Mrs Watts was a House Assistant in a local Independent school for 6 years. She is approachable, kind and generous with her time, and enjoys activities in House, her specialty being pancakes and homemade sausage rolls.


Assistant Houseparent: Mr E Deaney 

Mr Deaney

Mr Deaney has worked at Sexey’s School for the last two years, initially in Macmillan House before switching to Coombe House this year.

Whilst at university in Bristol he was a keen fencer and rock climber and, although he still loves those activities, he fills his free time in Bruton, walking, baking cakes for house nights and writing computer software.

Mr Deaney thoroughly enjoys being part of the boarding community, and seeing the students grow into well-rounded young adults.


Assistant Houseparent: Miss L Turnbull 

Laura TurnbullLaura joined as a Assistant House Parent in 2020. She attended Plymouth Marjon University where she studied Physical Education, but most recently completed her PGCE in primary teaching with Bath Spa University. Her passion is football and whilst at University she was club captain for two years, running the women’s team.

Laura enjoys making lots of memories and capturing them. She loves exploring walks and beaches with her cockapoo whilst listening to music.