Housemistress: Lizzie Alexander

Lizzie took over as Housemistress of Alban's in September 2008. Lizzie lives in Alban's House with her husband Robert, daughter Maja and son Rueben. She graduated from Nottingham University in 1999 with a degree in Music. Whilst at Nottingham she played hockey but has since taken up rowing at Broxbourne Rowing Club. Lizzie joined Haileybury in 2003 as Registrar, a post that she held until 2011 alongside being Housemistress.

The Alban's girls are a talented lot, winning Junior House hockey and netball in the last year alone. Prior to that they have won House swimming twice and have very recently won the recycling competition - perhaps that means they actually eat more pizza than anyone else…

Origins of the House

The shell of the Old Sanatorium was refurbished and opened in September 1977 as Haileybury's first girls' House. It was named Alban's to mark the centenary of the founding of the St Alban's Diocese. The Old Sanatorium was built in 1867. A charge of seven shillings per term 'Medical Fees' were added to each boy's bill to pay for the building!



House tutors

Alex Smith (Deputy Housemistress)
Alex SmithAlex joined Haileybury in September 2010 as Head of Spanish after three years as a languages teacher at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School. She spent her first year at Haileybury as a tutor in Lower School and then joined the Albans team in September 2011. Amongst her other commitments she has enjoyed running the Senior Enrichment Group and coaching boys' and girls' hockey. Alex is a keen sportswoman and before joining the Haileybury community played for the National Premier League team Reading Ladies. In her spare time she plays tennis, surfs and dances flamenco but above all she loves a good cup of coffee.


Sarah McDonald
Sarah McDonaldSarah McDonaldSarah joined Haileybury in 2011, having previously taught at St Alban's High School for Girls. She is Head of Religious Studies and involved with the Lower School Enrichment Programme and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Sarah grew up in Northern Ireland and read Biblical Studies at the University of St Andrews, before undertaking her PGCE and MEd at Homerton College, Cambridge. Sarah is married to Ben and together they enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends and walking in the countryside.


Emma MilloEmma Millo

Emma is the newest member of the Alban's team, having joined Haileybury in September 2012 to teach Psychology. She is currently resident tutor in the House which is a great way to get really involved with everything that goes on at Haileybury. Outside of the classroom Emma is involved with netball and hopes to assist with cricket in the summer, having played for Essex for a number of years. She hopes to also get some girls involved with cricket over the summer.

In her previous career Emma was a Physiotherapist and was lucky enough to work with the All Blacks and Welsh international rugby teams. She also had a role during the Olympics over the summer of 2012, working with the wrestlers. At Haileybury Emma provides some pre-match strapping and taping to the rugby teams in order to keep them as injury free as possible!

Michelle Hillen
I am from Northern Ireland, where I studied Mathematics at Queen's University Belfast, graduating with a First Class Honours. I continued my studies at Queen's for one further year to obtain my PGCE, before beginning my teaching career at Haileybury. Being a keen hockey player myself, I am involved with coaching the girls 4XI team and also teaching navigation within the Coghill programme! I also became Middles tutor in Alban’s.

Grace Griffith
I am originally from Amherst, Massachusetts. I graduated from Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I played lacrosse and studied Elementary Education. After graduating I taught Pre-Kindergarten and coached high school Lacrosse for two years. Before Haileybury I lived in Spain Teaching English as a Second Language.

At Haileybury I teach Physical Education to in the Lower and Main School and coach lacrosse to all the years. I am also the Removes tutor in Alban’s.

Katie Howell
I’m a Physical Education teacher at Haileybury specialising in hockey, netball and tennis. I studied Sport Science at Exeter University and also completed my PGCE at Exeter. I like all sports, music and love travelling.

Kathy Mair
I joined Haileybury in December 2013, shortly after completing a PhD in Medieval Literature at University of Manchester. As well as teaching English, I enjoy coaching netball, athletics, teaching Creative Writing and editing the School Magazine. In my free time, I love swimming, running, cycling and long country walks.

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