Opened in 1994, Macmillan is named after Old Sexeian Douglas Macmillan, who also founded Macmillan Cancer Care. Our boarding girls and boys are supervised by Senior Houseparents Mr Todd and Mrs Golden. They are ably assisted by Ms Radley, Mr Pygros and Matron Mrs Hole. You can follow Macmillan’s news on Twitter @Macmillan_House.
Meet the Houseparents
Senior Houseparent: Mr Philip Todd
Mr 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.
Senior Houseparent: Mrs Serena Golden
Mrs Golden is a keen traveller who loves to explore different counties and cultures. She enjoys long walks with her two spaniels and inventing new bakes and cakes in her kitchen. She is a very approachable and loving person with a wealth of knowledge in SEN and Education. Mrs Golden is also a keen gym goer, maths wizard, quiz participator and is always up for a bit of healthy competition!
Assistant Houseparent: Ms Jane Radley
Following an 18-month career break in 2010 travelling extensively, Ms Radley sought a change of career and became a houseparent working mostly in International boarding schools where she very much enjoy being part of a diverse student community.
Ms Radley likes to get out and about and enjoy long coastal and country walks and generally being outdoors. She enjoys skiing and being in the mountains as well as wild and rugged coastlines.
Assistant Houseparent: Mr Mark Pyrgos
Mark is really looking forward to working with and supporting the boarding students at Sexey’s and particularly those in Macmillan House. Mark has worked in boarding and pastoral care for much of my career, having been a member of the boarding staff at a number of schools in the UK and internationally. A science teacher, Mark has worked in schools in the UK maintained and independent sector and in international schools in SE Asia and the Middle East. He is particularly interested in life coaching, current affairs and, due to his travels, international relations and intercultural understanding. A keen sportsman, cycling these days as his joints can’t take the knocks, Mark loves music of all sorts and is looking forward to being educated on contemporary music by Sexey’s students!
Matron: Mrs Lisa Hole
The first port of call for the Macmillan students’ every day living concerns, Mrs Hole keeps the house running smoothly and in ship-shape order.
View our video of a day in the life of a Macmillan Sixth Form boarder, Josiah, in a film made by himself