MOULSFORD
BOYS' PREP SCHOOL

Boarding


Boarding builds confidence, friendships and develops independence – as well as being a huge amount of fun!

Moulsford offers a thoroughly modern take on boarding, providing a pressure-free opportunity to gain some away-from-home experience in a safe and comfortable environment – invaluable if you are considering a boarding senior school for your son.

Our small and friendly boarding house is in the heart of the school, and offers flexi and weekly boarding to boys in Year 5 and above, from Monday to Friday (4 nights per week).  We try to be as flexible as possible so that you can tailor boarding to suit your own family needs.   Normally, boys commit to two consecutive nights or the full four nights per week, however it is sometimes possible to accommodate ad hoc requests, depending on numbers.  We also offer day boarding for day boys who need to stay at school until 8pm.

For a short video about life in the boarding house, please click on the arrow below:

Here are just some of the reasons for boarding at Moulsford:

  • It is excellent preparation if you are considering a boarding senior school, making the transition to full boarding much smoother and less stressful for everyone!
  • We provide a safe, secure and relaxed environment in which to gain confidence and independence away from home
  • There is no pressure to board until you are ready, and even then only if it suits your family needs
  • The boarding house provides an atmosphere that develops trust, respect and a sense of responsibility, as well as a strong sense of community
  • Boys form close bonds with boarding staff, who provide additional role models as they approach adolescence, to whom they can turn for advice and support
  • Some older boys find it easier to revise and prepare for exams within the structure and routine of the boarding house, where they know they can ask for tutoring support when the need arises
  • Boys can make full use of the facilities to pursue their talents and interests outside of school hours, often with additional support from staff
  • Friendships are taken to the next level once boys have shared in the highs and lows of boarding school life together
  • It is great fun!

Please click here for a copy of our Boarding Aims.

Please click here for a short presentation on Boarding at Moulsford.


A boarder’s typical evening

At 5.45pm, the boarders change into home clothes and have a period of free time.  Boys can be found skateboarding on the school drive, playing football or table tennis, kayaking down the river or just enjoying each other’s company in their dorms. 

After supper, the boys have a session for extra work. This gives them the opportunity to finish off prep, read or practise their musical instruments. They can also meet with their Academic Tutor to discuss work and their general progress. The boys then have free time until heading back to the boarding house.  The favourite activity during this time is the 'Torch Game', a hide and seek game on the school grounds with all years involved.

The day ends with the younger boarders reading to some of the Year 8's in their dorms and hot chocolate for all!

Jaimie and Sally Noble
Boarding House parents

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Head of Boarding Profile

JAIMIE NOBLE
Head of BOARDING

During the school day, I indulge my loves of teaching English and of coaching sport. In the classroom, a passion for reading and for the English language are a driving force, and whether through Morpurgo, Dahl, Conan-Doyle or Dickens, exploring the multiple facets of the English curriculum through literature, is something that I particularly enjoy.

At university, the serious side of life was rather similar, as I balanced an English degree at Leeds, with cricket and the year round MCC funded UCCE program with the Leeds/Bradford team. I have also been fortunate enough to represent English Universities at cricket, playing in the Home Nations tournament, as well as playing in the Minor Counties Championships for Oxfordshire. Golf has become my primary sport of choice to play, and outside of school hours I love a round at Huntercombe or The Springs. We love to travel, with recent summer exploits taking us to places including Australia, South Africa, Italy and France.

I first experienced boarding at Prep School and then learnt a huge deal as a person during my five years as a boarder at Rugby, where I was lucky to have a superb Housemaster. I am acutely aware therefore that boarding is an environment which can be so incredibly rewarding, but also one in which the need for strong pastoral care is implicit.

Mrs Noble’s degree in Business and Management led her to a graduate programme at Siemens, where she was quickly made responsible for managing the Operations team in the South West for the company’s Traffic Solutions business. Also keen on sport, Mrs Noble represented Cheshire at netball in her teens and has continued to play a high level of club netball. Horse-riding, walking and family and friends are also great loves. As a Year 3 class teacher, Mrs Noble loves the variety of the curriculum, always trying to find new and innovative ways to bring all aspects of the boys’ learning to life.

The latest addition to the Noble household has been Basil, our typically bouncy labrador, who has already established himself as a great companion to boys and staff alike.