We operate a completely flexible approach to boarding. Parents may choose to board their children from 1 night a week to 7. We try to be as accommodating as possible to individual family needs but do appreciate being given as much notice as possible to any changes in the normal established routine for any individual child. Any day pupil is welcome to flexi-board for any period of time if space permits.
During their stay in the House, there is ample opportunity to socialise with friends, engage in sporting activities, practise your musical instrument, consolidate their school work in a supervised prep and enjoy the homely atmosphere.
Small, family-focused, with supportive and devoted Houseparents, Hatton House is a home-from-home for our family of around 50 boarders, occupying the top two floors of the main building at the heart of the School.
At Monkton we hold family values at the heart of our boarding ethos. That means shared and relaxed mealtimes, with an emphasis on enjoying food, friendship and conversation. It means a community of care, support and camaraderie, where older children are given responsibilities, and experienced boarders are always on hand to help newcomers to the School. Alongside Houseparents, the children have the support of the Headmaster and his family, a Residential Matron, House Tutor and Graduate Teaching Assistants, all of whom live in the main buildings in the School. While most boarders stay at Monkton for a full term, day pupils also enjoy the many benefits of our flexible boarding arrangements: the opportunity to gain confidence and independence away from home or to make the most of the many weekend and evening activities that take place at our School.
For Years 5 - 8, the school continues as normal on Saturday morning, followed by sports matches in the afternoon most weekends. Years 3 and 4 are looked after by boarding house staff and have a range of activities organised for them. Weekends are an important time in Hatton House and on a Sunday we get to enjoy a range of wonderful trips out, such as going to Longleat, New Forest Water Park, camping, high ropes courses, Bristol Science Museum, indoor trampolining, exploring National Trust properties, Blenheim Palace as well as trips to London. As a House, having an active lifestyle is important and we enjoy as much time outside together as possible. Every Sunday the school Chaplain comes in to run the ‘Hub’, an informal time to explore the Christian faith, and some Sundays we attend the local church to join in with our local community.
Short films of the weekend are sent to families on Sunday night to share the adventures from Hatton House.
Monkton Prep has always welcomed international pupils and there is no doubt that the school benefits from a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds. Many of our British boarders have families who live abroad and whose parents are in the military but the house is also enriched with a number of children from other countries. We recognise that for any new boarder the transition to boarding life is a big change and with a large staff team we are able to care for individuals to help make the transition from home to boarding life as smooth as possible.
During the evening there is plenty of time to contact family or friends. Boarders can bring their own mobile or tablet to call/Skype home. The house phone is also available for those who don’t have a mobile phone. We also have 2 house iPads for Facetime and Skype.
All boarders who have a mobile phone or tablet must keep them in the locked cupboard in the office and we have a strict policy on mobile phone and tablet use which ensures phones and devices are only used to contact home and not for playing games or using social media. Boarders are not allowed to take them to their dormitories or to use them without permission.