Prep Boarding - Framlingham College

Housemistress: Mrs Flora Upton

My Life

Flora Upton was educated at Sheffield University, studying English and Theatre, before completing her PGCE at Cambridge University. Flora has taught for five years, teaching every year group in Prep, from Nursery through to Year 8. She teaches English and drama at the Prep School, and is a keen theatre-goer and reader.

Flora has recently married her husband, David, and lives with him and their two dogs, Casper and Dougie (a well-behaved labrador and a not-so-well-behaved dachshund) in the boarding house. She can often be found outside in the beautiful grounds of the Prep School, walking the dogs, reading or going for a run, and is even partial to joining in with the occasional boarders’ game of football!

Ethos

Framlingham College Prep School offers a fresh, flexible approach to boarding that adds a new dimension to our core of full boarders. Central to this is the vibrant, happy and caring atmosphere that celebrates the individual and allows them to flourish.

There are so many benefits of boarding for children. They learn to be independent, resilient and collaborative, living in a family environment that challenges them to be the best version of themselves, whilst also celebrating their many unique and wonderful personalities.

The children are encouraged to contribute fully to life in the boarding house, and are even given the real-life experience of helping to organise a number of events throughout the year such as the end of year barbecue, where they must work to a budget and arrange every element to turn the event into something really special!

With our mentor programme, the older children in Year 7 and 8 gain the opportunity to become a role model to the younger boarders. Every term, one child from boarding is awarded the boarding award for showing team spirit, a positive attitude and for going above and beyond in the boarding house. This is a hugely coveted award and something the children work really hard towards.

We understand how busy our parents and families are, and with our full, regular and flexi boarding programme, families are offered a range of options to suit their needs. This is especially supportive of the balanced lifestyle that many have opted for post-Covid. Our breakfast and supper options are also on offer for those who need to commute early, or who will arrive late in the evening.

The boarding rooms are located in the main manor house, with commanding views of the grounds and surrounding countryside. The boys and girls occupy separate floors, each with modern bathrooms, and there is a relaxing, spacious and well-equipped common room too, where children can unwind and socialise after a hectic day at school.

We believe children should be busy and active, and that they should have as much fun as possible. We therefore offer a wide range of activities in the evening, tailored to our boarders and their specific interests. We are led by the children in the boarding house and follow their passions and hobbies, celebrating their uniqueness at every turn, and so our bespoke programme of activities can vary from supper club, to filmmaking, to outdoor assault courses!

At Framlingham College Prep School, we want as many children as possible to experience life in our exciting, friendly and convivial boarding house, which is why we offer full, flexi and occasional boarding. Come and visit to meet us and see what we’re all about.

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