Housemistress: Ivy

Charlie Pembroke

Charlie took over Ivy House in 2017. She joined the College’s Geography Department in September 2014 having previously been Head of Pastoral Care and Geography at St Francis School, Pewsey, and Head of Geography at Lampton School, Hounslow. Charlie attended St Peter’s School, York, read Geography at Newcastle University and obtained her PGCE at Brasenose College, Oxford University.

After moving to South Africa with her husband in 2003, she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology and worked as a counsellor at Chrysalis Academy in Cape Town, then taught Geography at the Regent School, Abuja. The family returned to the UK in 2010. 

Charlie coaches lacrosse and has previously coached hockey and netball. She enjoys drawing, music, swimming and tennis. She is married to Richard (an OM) who helps out with the hockey and cricket programmes at the College. They have four children, Anna, Rosie, Will and Tom.


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 


Rachel Cox

Resident House Tutor

Rachel joined Marlborough in September 2018 as a sports graduate and Resident House Tutor in Ivy. She specialises in hockey but also coaches netball, tennis and athletics.


Thea Thompson

Resident House Tutor

Thea joined Marlborough in September 2019 as a sports graduate, moving to the Art Department in 2020. She also coaches rugby, netball and cricket. She was a tutor in New Court until becoming RHT of Ivy in September 2021.


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.