Moreton Hall is predicated as a boarding school, although the school welcomes approximately 100 day pupils, many of whom board regularly. Boarding can start in Moreton First in year three for boys and girls. At the age of 11 boys move on to other senior schools.
At the age of 11 for girls only, about 60% of pupils are full boarders and this rises to 80% at 13 years of age and over 90% in Moreton Sixth.
As students mature and develop, so they move up through the various Houses of the school. Day students have study space in the house so they feel as much a part of house life as the boarders; many of them choose to stay one or more nights per week.
Boarding has come a long way in British schools in the past generation. Far from parents and children being separated for weeks on end, today’s boarding aims to offer the best of both worlds to a family. Teenagers can develop in a safe and caring environment with supportive friendship groups, house parents and tutors.
Although the boarding houses are horizontal rather than vertical, relationships between the younger and older pupils, including siblings, are preserved through the four Divisions; competitions and meetings throughout the year ensure that the across the year groups links are nurtured throughout each pupil’s school life.
Boarders are able to go home at weekends after Saturday classes and after any school commitments that they may have, although they find that the range of activities, trips and social events going on at weekends proves to be a strong incentive to remain in school. On target weekends all boarders stay at school.
Parents join in school life by visiting their children, attending sporting fixtures, concerts, lectures and exhibitions.
All pupils have access to email and to a house landline. The use of mobile phones, tablet computers and or laptops, or Skype is encouraged – at the right time and for the right purposes - so that families can keep in contact.