At Monmouth School for Boys we are justly proud of our boarding, having been voted Archant’s Best British Boarding School 2011 (in a vote by parents). Around 30% of our pupils are boarders, and one of the reasons for the success of our boarding is, we believe, that we regard our boarders as an important and integral part of our school community.
Every day in boarding is special as there is so much to share and be involved with. We aim to ensure that everyone feels welcome and supported and that all our boys have an opportunity to contribute to boarding life.
“Our aim is that every boarder should enjoy a full and rich experience of school life and to come out the other end happy, with lifelong friends, lovely memories and a strong sense of society.” Kingsley Jones, Head of Boarding.
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Boarders' Handbook: 2019/20
Boarders’ Handbook Chapel House (Years 3-7) – 2019/20 (PDF – 2.6mb)
Boarders’ Handbook Senior Houses (Years 8-13) – 2019/20 (PDF – 4.9mb)
The most important element of our pastoral care is the family atmosphere that we maintain in the boarding houses. Our house staff always aim to be approachable and encourage boys to share any problems with them. Boys can also talk to staff counsellors, the School Nurses, School Doctor or any of the teaching staff.
The school also has an independent school Counsellor, a child psychotherapist, who visits the school once a week and can be seen by confidential appointment.
Our school Chaplain, Rev. Clifford Swartz, pays regular visits to each boarding house to get to know the boys and to give them the opportunity to talk about anything that is worrying them. He is happy to arrange one-to-one appointments outside his visits.
All boys are registered with the school Doctor at a local GP’s surgery. Minor ailments are dealt with by house staff; anything more serious is handled by the school Nurses or the school Doctor.
Each boarding house has a sick room where boys can stay if they are feeling under the weather or even if they are tired and need to catch up on some sleep away from their room-mates.