At Framlingham College, boarding is an exciting proposition.
The boarding experience aims to develop the academic, cultural and physical talents of each child as well as increasing their independence, their social skills, pride in their surroundings and their self-confidence. More tangibly it is fun, full of opportunities and experiences and where life-long friendships are built.
Boarding at the Senior School
At the senior school there are four boarding houses for boys (Garrett, Kerrison, Stradbroke and Rendlesham) and three for girls (Moreau, Pembroke and Victoria). These Houses are essentially home-from-home for the pupils with bright and welcoming common rooms and kitchens stocked with kettle, toasters and fridges. We fully integrate day pupils into the life of the campus by placing each one within one of these houses. This allows for a sharing of accommodation and facilities, as well as identity. This engenders wonderful relationships between all pupils and boarding staff. It also means that every pupil can take advantage of the rich seam of co-curricular activities on offer beyond the normal school day.
The strong pastoral teams of Housemaster / mistress, tutors and matrons ensure that every child in their care is safe, happy and secure in their environment.
All meals take place in the Main Dining Room so that there is further interaction between houses.
A typical boarding school day starts with Breakfast from 7.30am, chapel at 8:30am and lessons from 9am. After the academic part of the day there will be a full range of sport and activities on offer. Supper is served from 6pm and a supervised homework session runs from 7-9pm. This is followed by free time and lights out from 9.45pm. On Sundays there is an extensive programme of boarders activities ranging from punting in Cambridge to Trips to Theme parks.
As a top UK Boarding School based in the heart of Suffolk, we recognise the demands on busy families. We therefore offer flexible boarding arrangements that fit around your child(ren) and family. At the Senior School, you are able to choose from the following types of boarding arrangement:
Full – Your child is at the school seven days per week, throughout each term.
Weekly – Your child boards 5 nights and goes home after matches on Saturday.
Part – Minimum of 3 nights per week.
Occasional – You and your child can arrange for boarding on an adhoc basis.
Boarding at the Prep School
At the Prep School pupils have the opportunity to board from Year 3. We have one boarding house which offers a series of bright and airy rooms that have commanding views of the grounds and surrounding countryside. The boys and girls occupy separate floors, each with modern bathrooms and there is a communal common room. The children have easy access to the resident house staff and Miss Bridges and her team make the whole boarding experience homely, safe and fun with a variety of special themed nights and exciting evening and weekend activities. Evening events include Squishy Making, Outdoor Movie Night, Harry Potter Extravaganza and the Boarders’ Barbecue. We also hold a Year 2 Taster Evening in the Summer Term, giving the younger children an opportunity to try boarding for the first time.”
With our numerous boarding options (flexi to full) we know that we are better equipped than ever to build an education around the lives of busy families and in essence can become that extra pair of hands! Almost 95% of pupils in Year 3 – 8 have boarded at some point during the past academic year. In addition, we offer a flexible start and end to the day for all pupils including our Early Years as young as 3. Some children book in for breakfast and/or stay for prep and supper before going home to sleep. This ensures that every child really does have the opportunity to be as fully involved in school life as they wish.
We offer the following arrangements:
Full – Your child has a bed at the school seven days per week, throughout each term.
Flexi – Your child is allocated a bed on a specified night(s) every week of term. Includes 1-5 nights per week.
Occasional – Your child can board on an adhoc basis if space allows.