Boarding at Moyles Court School provides a welcoming and supportive setting where students can ﬂourish and develop within a safe campus environment. We find that our boarders quickly develop a positive attitude to studying, while also taking advantage of the opportunities to relax in an idyllic setting.
The healthy mix of local and international boarders within a small and intimate community means that children need very little encouragement from house parents to support and respect one another, though they are always at hand should an issue occur. New boarders are given a full induction of the boarding house by staff, and are then paired up with a “buddy” who is happy to help them make friends and assist them with getting accustomed to a new school and way of life.
The small family environment and broad age range of students (8-16) within our boarding community have led to the successful implementation of a buddy system in the boarding house. This brings students, both young and old, together to provide a safe space to ask for advice or talk about social or school issues. Mediated and supervised by our house parents, this system helps our youngest students communicate their feelings and seek guidance from their older peers, much like they would with an older brother or sister. Our experienced house parents are also at hand any time for a chat too. We also have an independent external listener available for children to call at any time should they wish to speak to somebody trustworthy outside of the school.
Our boarding staff take great pride in ensuring every boarder settles in quickly and feels part of the community soon after they arrive. They strive to constantly provide enriching experiences for all students; taking into consideration their background, their age, their likes and dislikes and also their personality.
Mealtimes give our boarding community plenty of opportunity to come together and talk about their day. They also serve as a great chance for our staff to speak to the group collectively – sharing news and helping them gain independence by offering reminders about laundry days, bedding changes, rules and activities on offer.
Laundry is done twice a week for our boarders, and bedding is changed every other week. Bedding is provided for all boarders, however some like to bring their own to stamp their own personality on their bedrooms.
Many fun activities, trips and social events are organised at the weekends and the boarding community often enjoys meals out together. Moyles Court pupils can be heard describing the boarding environment as ‘home from home’, yet we ensure we have excellent connectivity too. Wi-Fi in the houses makes it easy for pupils to stay in touch with home.
Our twice termly boarders’ meetings give our house parents an excellent opportunity to listen to suggestions and feedback from the boarders. It is very important to us as a school that their opinions are listened to, and where possible, acted upon to ensure the happiness of the boarders is at the forefront of decisions we make. We aim to constantly review what we are doing and feel that communication with our boarders is the way to do this whenever possible.