magdalen farm


course support staff

House Mothers

Our House Mothers, Poppy Orr-Ewing and Serena Forwood are responsible for pastoral care, comforting anyone who might be feeling a little homesick, looking after medication, and making sure that everyone goes to bed at a time commensurate with their age group.

They share a room in the centre of the residential accommodation, closest to the younger children, so are immediately on hand for any night-time problems

Poppy is a thoroughly accomplished musician, and has spent several years at Magdalen Farm Strings as a participant and has returned as a House Mother for the last two years with a great understanding of how to have the most fun on the course and inspire the best playing in the children. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of Bristol, having completed an arts foundation course in Brighton. Poppy uses her artistic flare not only to ensure that the junior ensembles sound fantastic, but that the afternoon activities are hugely enjoyable. Poppy has been working as a playworker at an afterschool club for a year and has gained great insight into working with children as well as having completed training in First Aid, Mental health in children and Child Protection training.

Serena is an accomplished cellist and pianist who first joined Magdalen Strings as a participant 5 years ago: as with Poppy, this will be her third year as a house mother. Having worked as an Assistant House Mother at Sherborne School in 2021, Serena has gained understanding in supporting children/teenagers away from home and extremely good at comforting any homesick participants. Serena is now studying Music and Philosophy at Liverpool University. Her love of music and legendary skills at making hot chocolate will be fantastic in the evenings.

Hello, we are so excited to welcome all of our new and old friends to Magdalen 2023! Our priority as housemothers is ensuring that everybody is having a good time at all times at Magdalen Farm Strings. On duty 24 hours, we are here for your every need. In the afternoons, we run exciting activities that encourage team building, a break from music, exercise, and as always . . . lots of fun! Our special is the Magdalen talent show, so get practising your talents and pull an outfit out of the cupboard.

See you in Easter and feel free to contact us with any queries. Poppy and Serena 😊