St Peter's School
A new chapter in the life of boys’ boarding house The Manor begins this September as Classics teacher Ed Noy-Scott and his wife Lara start as House Parents at one of St Peter’s two boarding houses for senior boys.
Ed brings a wealth of experience to the role. After attending boarding school himself, he began his career at Uppingham, where he was a resident boarding tutor for five years. He went on to hold senior pastoral responsibilities at The Royal Grammar School in Newcastle. During his time at St Peter's he has also been Head of Hope Day house, but he is pleased to return to his boarding roots:
“Boarding allows boys the greatest possibilities; that happy balance between academic priorities and the host of other opportunities on offer is what I want boys under my guidance to achieve. What already stands out at The Manor is the incredibly supportive environment of the house. The boys take a keen interest and pride in each other’s achievements, and this will foster a continuing culture of success.”
Ed’s wife Lara, a former BBC newsreader and reporter and mother to the couple’s two sons Sam (nine) and Tom (seven), brings a fresh perspective and a keen interest in ensuring that Manor is a house where conversation and relationships flourish. She is keen to become an integral part of the Manor community.
“We are all settling in happily and the house will continue as a warm, modern, family-style boarding house. It is clearly a very supportive environment, and I look forward to meeting parents and want them to know that they too are part of this community.”
The couple have already spent some time getting to know the boys, many of whom Ed has taught, and the rhythms and routines of the house.
One thing is certainly not changing…Matron Colette begins her 30th year at the House, where she looks after a team devoted to the smooth running of the house. The importance of her role is not lost on Ed and Lara:
“Colette’s experience is vital and her insights into the likes and dislikes of each of the boys is very helpful to us. Colette is here throughout the day, when the boys are on lesson breaks or at lunch. She is someone else the boys can rely on and they will be perhaps be more candid with her than they might be with a teacher Her warmth and fondness for the boys is an essential part of The Manor machinery.”
The couple are supported in the house by an extended team including resident tutor David Robinson (English) and tutors Matt Canon (Physics), Christian Bembridge (Philosophy and Religious Studies) and Paul Miles-Kingston (Director of Music) meaning Manor Boys will continue to benefit from a wealth of experience and guidance.
Ed says: “The whole boarding community here really pulls together and it is a huge privilege to become part of boarding at St. Peter's. I look forward to collaborating with the boys to develop and grow the boarding experience in The Manor.”