Housemistress: Ivy

Heidi Marvin

Heidi Marvin is Housemistress of Ivy House.

She returned to Marlborough in September 2020 having spent nine years as Director of Sport at St Mary’s Calne. Heidi is currently Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Lacrosse and Girls’ Tennis.

Heidi was educated at Downe House before completing a degree in Sports Science. She then taught at Downe House and Malvern Girls before being appointed as Head of PE at Queen Anne’s Caversham. She  held the position of Head of Girls’ Sport at Marlborough before joining St Mary’s Calne.

Her husband, Tim, has taught Chemistry at Marlborough since 1999 and served as Housemaster of Preshute House from 2005 to 2019, supported by Heidi.

Heidi and Tim have two daughters, both of whom are recent OMs. 


Ivy Boarding House

Key Facts

Ivy is a Grade II listed building in the Marlborough Conservation Area dating back to 1707. It is located 100 metres from the entrance to the College by the Master’s Lodge. In the mid-18th century, John Davis founded a school in the building which he called Marlborough House. It closed 60 years later in the same year the College was founded. Since then Ivy has had a variety of uses, including being Marlborough’s first cinema, and more recently, a hotel.

Location: High Street 

Gender: Girls 

Number of pupils: 60 

Twinned with: Turner 


Maria Sandall

Resident House Tutor

Maria is one of Ivy’s RHTs and is based in The Hermitage which currently houses Lower Sixth pupils. She teaches Form, English and LAMDA.


Katie Holder

Assistant Housemistress

Katie joins Marlborough in September 2023 as Head of Chemistry. She moves to Wiltshire from Wellington College and is very much looking forward to becoming part of the Ivy community.


Emma Burnet


Emma started in Ivy in February 2022 and manages the house during the day, providing a warm and friendly environment for pupils. She is married with two girls.