The 117 boarders at the school each live within one of two houses located on the school site; Main House and St Anthony’s House.
Main House was rebuilt in 1973 following the fire the previous year which destroyed the old manor house almost entirely. Luckily the school’s fire evacuation procedures, praised highly in news reports of the time, meant that all boys and members of staff escaped unharmed.
Main House is home to 49 boarders aged from 10 to 14 years, and is divided into three wings: St Benedict’s, St James’ and St Jerome’s. At More House School, fostering a strong community atmosphere is very important, and the youngest boarders share two eight-bed dormitories, and are cared for by two members of the house staff. Older boarders share twin or three-bed rooms in St James’ or St Jerome’s Wings, and are cared for by three other housemasters or housemistresses.
Whether in a dormitory or smaller bedroom, boarders of any age have their own private bed-space comprising personal drawers, wardrobe and bed.
Each of the wings in Main House provides its boarders with lavatories, showers, baths and wash-basin facilities, and an important aspect of the role of the house staff is ensuring each boy receives the necessary attention and support to manage his personal hygiene successfully. Each wing also affords its boarders a common-room in which the boys are encouraged and guided in developing lasting friendships with their peers and boys in other years. Boarders meet together to watch television programmes, play board games and console games, make evening snacks and Skype their relatives. St James’ and St Jerome’s common-rooms provide access to electric ovens which are often used within the boarding activities programme for baking and cookery activities.
All boarders in Main House have access to filtered wireless internet provision which they can access through their own mobile telephones, tablet computers or laptop computers. The filter covers all internet access throughout the school site, including access using school hardware.
The resident house staff are accommodated within private staff flats within the same boarding house, providing close supervision and support for all boys throughout all boarding hours, and the staff are available to be called upon by boarders throughout the night. The Main House staff-team is led by the Senior Housemaster.
St Anthony’s House
The senior boarding house, St Anthony’s House, accommodates boarders aged between 13 and 18 years. The original part of the building, now named St Jude’s Wing, was built in 1964. It was extended in 1968 by adding St Joseph’s Wing, and the large downstairs common-room was added in 2001. The house was extended again in 2003 with the building of an upper floor, St Just’s Corridors, over St Joseph’s Wing and the common-room.
Altogether, St Anthony’s House accommodates 68 boys, with different areas of the house allocated to each age-group. The house provides a majority of shared twin study bedrooms, with two three-bed study bedrooms and some single study bedrooms. Most of the single rooms are located in the Sixth Form and Year Eleven areas of St Just’s Corridors.
Like boarders in Main House, each boy has their own private bed-space within their shared or single bedroom. Each boy’s space comprises their personal drawers, wardrobe, bed and, for St Anthony’s boarders only, study desk. Also as in Main House, the St Anthony’s House staff have their private accommodation within the boarding house, and therefore provide excellent levels of supervision and care at all times during boarding time and through the night. The staff resident in St Anthony’s House include the Head of Boarding and the Deputy Head of Boarding.
In St Anthony’s House each corridor possesses its own lavatories, showers and washing facilities, and each age-group has access to common-room facilities dedicated to them. There are three different common-rooms within St Anthony’s House, providing facilities between them that include computer access with Skype for boys to communicate with family and friends, table-football, air-hockey, table-tennis, console computer-games and Sky television. Each common-room also provides access to basic food-preparation facilities including microwaves, toasters, kettles and sandwich toasters. The Sixth Form boarders’ common-room also allows access to an electric oven and hobs, and is also used for staff-led cooking and baking activities as well as allowing older students to practise their independent food-preparation skills.
As in Main House, St Anthony’s provides all its boarders with filtered wireless internet, accessible through boys’ own devices.