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House spirit and team effort are essential elements in Melvill. Every girl gets involved and helps out with duties to ensure that the House runs smoothly – and all feel happy and secure. Our Sixth Form prefects and peer supporters do a brilliant job of caring for the younger girls, and all are encouraged to achieve their very best in all aspects of their school life.

Emma Millo Housemistress of Melvill

Meet the Housemistress

Emma Millo has been HM of Melvill since September 2018 after joining Haileybury in September 2012 to teach Psychology.

Emma has always enjoyed sport, playing cricket and netball for Durham University. She also has a brown belt in kickboxing. Outside the classroom Emma coaches netball and girls’ cricket, putting her experience to good use having played for Essex for a number of years. 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.

When not at Haileybury, Emma, her husband Rob, and their son Freddie, can be found surfing the waves on the Cornish beaches!

House character

Melvill is the newest boarding house on the campus. Overlooking two large ponds and surrounded by mature trees and gardens, its reflective environment encourages open-minded, artistic thinking.

Melvill is very much a multi-talented House, competing with considerable enthusiasm and dedication in competitions such as junior rounders, tennis and athletics. The House is also home to many talented musicians who sing in the choir, play in the orchestra and perform in the yearly cabaret.

Girls from the Removes (Year 9) up to the Upper Sixth have had starring roles in a wide variety of drama performances, and have also contributed some excellent pieces of work to Haileybury’s art competition.

Whatever the challenge, Melvill girls put in their best effort and celebrate each other’s achievements with pride.

House facilities

Situated next to its sister House, Colvin, Melvill occupies a secluded and peaceful corner of Haileybury in bright, airy and contemporary buildings designed with modern living in mind.

There are a number of shared spaces in the House, including a large Common Room, a TV Room, and two large kitchens. There is a Computer Room equipped with a laser printer, and fast wireless broadband is available throughout the House.

The girls have a particular fondness for their House Matron who, along with her team, keeps the building sparkling clean, well-organised and a comfortable place to live and work.


Melvill was founded in 1884 as a boys’ House, becoming a girl’s House in its own purpose-designed building in 2001.

The House badge is argent a cross gules (a red cross on a field of silver), and its motto ‘delectando pariterque monendo’, which means ‘by pleasing and instructing in equal measure’. House colours are black and red.

Tutors and HPA representative

Emma is supported in her work by an experienced team of Tutors at Melvill, in addition to a House Matron who helps with the day to day domestic management of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association.