Housemistress: Elmhurst

Harriet Cox

Harriet attended Eastbourne College before reading Biology at Nottingham University where she also played 1st XI hockey. She obtained her PGCE at Cambridge University in 1996 and taught at St Helen and St Katherine School, Abingdon, before moving to Bradfield College where she was Assistant Housemistress and ran girls’ hockey. In 2001, Harriet worked for Raleigh International in Patagonia before travelling extensively through South America. 

She arrived at Marlborough in 2002 to teach Biology and was soon appointed RHT of Elmhurst. She has been Housemistress since September 2011. Harriet has coached hockey, netball and tennis. She enjoys skiing, running and cycling. She ran the London Marathon in April 2013 and organises charity events to raise funds for brain tumour charities in memory of her son Bobby. 

Harriet’s husband, Paul, works in the Drama Department, and their daughter is a current pupil. They have two whippets, Beanie and Willow.

Housemistress From September 2024: Elmhurst

Virginie Delalleau

Virginie grew up and was educated in France and completed a degree in English as a Foreign Language at the University of Avignon.

She spent two years at Charterhouse as a French Assistant and then completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education in London.

She joined Marlborough College in 2013 as a French and Italian teacher, and after two years as a tutor in New Court, she was appointed RHT of Elmhurst for four years. She has since remained a tutor in Elmhurst, and she will be taking over the role of Housemistress from September 2024.

She has coached hockey, netball and athletics and in her spare time she enjoys running, swimming and going for walks in the countryside with her two Jack Russells, Brutus and Milou. During the holidays, she spends time in North Devon with her husband and their two children.


Elmhurst Boarding House​

Key Facts

The original Elmhurst was a mid-19th century private house extended to accommodate pupils in 1989 when it became one of the first three girls’ boarding houses at the College. It now accommodates 14 girls in each year group, and is set in its own gardens with a dedicated Sixth Form wing. It is only three minutes’ walk from Court.

Location: Bath Road, next to Barton Hill 

Gender: Girls 

Number of pupils: 70 

Twinned with: Barton Hill 


Hettie Martin-Hierro

Assistant Housemistress

Hettie joined Marlborough in September 2022 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. A member of the Biology Department, she coaches an array of sports, including rugby. She was appointed Assistant Housemistress of Elmhurst for September 2023. 


Andrea D’Angelo

Resident House Tutor

Andrea joined the Modern Languages Department at Marlborough in 2017 and became Resident House Tutor in Elmhurst in January 2019. A native of Rosario, Argentina, Andrea is also Head of Spanish and coaches swimming.


Helen Doyle


Helen joined the Elmhurst team in May 2016 as Dame. She enjoys supporting the girls and also manages the house team.