Boarding at More House School
Statement of Purpose
There can be no substitute for a loving, caring family home, and our school does not seek to be such a substitute. However, the sense of community and the facilities available to boarders enables the school to foster boarders' social confidence and to develop their skills and interests. We believe that we can make life for our boarders stimulating and happy, by providing an environment in which they are cared for and supported by a partnership between each pupil's parents and the school. We seek to enable each boarder to make use of the school's specialist provision and facilities when the distance between home and school would otherwise preclude it.
The following aims and guidelines shape our approach to fostering each boarder's wellbeing, safeguarding and development:
1. to provide an environment where boys staying away from home are cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually;
2. to help evey child and young person to grow to his full maturity as a member of a thriving, caring and happy shared community;
3. to provide as great a wealth as possible of meaningful and enriching experiences, from which each boarder may choose to allow his individual tastes and predilections to grow into a balanced, fulfilled and distinctive personality.
Each boarder is supported by a named residential housemaster or housemistress, directly responsible for between eight and fifteen boarders within a larger residential staff team, led by the Deputy Head (Head of Boarding). There are two boarding houses, both in the centre of the school site, to which no pupil has access during school hours, and boarders only have access during boarding time. Boarders are supported to develop their interests in a wide variety of activities and opportunities, and to develop their social skills and their independence. Boarders are encouraged and supported to be personally involved in planning with their housemaster or housemistress how they can best be cared for as a boarder at More House School.
There are one hundred and seventeen boarders at the school between the ages of ten and 18 years. A team of eleven full-time housemasters and housemistresses, resident on site, provide the pastoral care and supervision and are led by the Deputy Head (Boarding) who is the Head of Boarding. Approximately one fifth of our boarders are full-boarders, returning home for school holidays and exeat weekends. The rest board on a weekly basis, arriving on a Sunday evening or Monday morning and leaving on a Friday afternoon. Many of our weekly boarders take advantage of the minibus service provided between the school and Farnham railway station and railway tickets can be arranged by the school on pupils' behalf.
We strive in our boarding provision to provide a safe, nurturing environment, one of mutual respect and positive behaviour. Click on the link below to learn more about Boarding's approach to maintaining effective and safe behaviour within the boarding environment:
The house staff, who all complete the Boarding Schools Association Professional Certificate in association with Roehampton University, or another equivalent pastoral qualification, supervise and lead a broad range of physical and social activities, fostering a sense of participation and community amongst the pupils in their care. All are trained in first-aid and in supporting students with those special educational needs profiles experienced by the school.
Sixth Form boarders are encouraged to take a role in supporting younger boarders, leading towards a certificate that recognises their commitment and leadership skills. Through the boarders' council, comprising representatives from each age-group who meet weekly with the Head of Boarding, all boarders have a voice in discussing how the boarding provision is developed.
The residential accommodation is situated in two boarding houses. Boarders in years six to nine reside in Main House, and older boys in St Anthony's House. The school's catering team provides three healthy cooked meals a day including vegetarian and salad options, eaten in the school refectory. Pupils' clothing is washed, pressed and returned on a daily basis by the school's laundry staff.
Common rooms in each boarding house support a community atmosphere where pupils come together to chat, make toast, have meetings and share television programmes, enjoying wide-screen Sky television. Our boarders also make excellent use of the other fantastic on-site facilities, including the cinema-room, sports-hall, tennis-courts, swimming-pool, music practice-rooms, I.C.T. rooms and playing fields.
Boarders are encouraged to communicate regularly with their parents and family-friends and may use the Skype-enabled computers and public telephones in the boarding houses, or their own mobile telephones.
In addition to the daily activities programme which runs between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on weekdays, boarders benefit from a much wider programme of opportunities which includes attending professional concerts and local sports matches, day trips at the weekend, shopping trips, night-hikes, trips to Laser-Quest, fun-pools and Ten-Pin bowling. Students’ homework is also closely supported by boarding staff; boys have access to the school’s I.C.T. system and receive help and guidance where necessary. As appropriate depending on age, boarders are also given the opportunity to develop independence in pursuing their own interests during periods of free-time.
For a boarding placement to be most effective in meeting a boy's needs, close communication between the housemaster or housemistress and the parents is important. Some parents prefer to communicate by e-mail, others by telephone and many by meeting the staff face to face when they come to collect their sons or return them to school. In this manner a partnership between parent and housemaster or housemistress is developed in which both work together to provide firm and continuous support to the pupil. In addition, parents receive a written report on their son's progress in boarding twice a year.
A website page such as this can only go some way to communicating the true sense of boarding at More House and we encourage parents considering boarding for their son to view the provision in person. Following such a visit, prospective boarders are invited to experience a 24-hour boarding assessment in which they will gain a true insight into life as a boarder. If you would welcome the opportunity to view the facilities and to discuss how boarding at More House might contribute to the support provided to your son, please contact the Deputy Head (Boarding), Mr Fred Pennell, to arrange an appointment.