Boarding life at Clayesmore Prep School closely resembles the atmosphere and diversity of a busy, loving and happy family, but with the advantage of being surrounded by friends 24 hours a day!

Over 70 girls and boys board with us and are cared for by devoted House Parents with a team of Matrons, Nursing Staff and Tutors, whose focus is to provide a home-from-home environment. The House Parents and their children live at the end of the boarding house and the Head of Prep and his wife have a house next to the building: all are fully involved in the children’s boarding lives and activities.

When your child becomes a boarder here you can be sure of two things: the pastoral care is excellent and the activities programme is very full. Every evening is cheerful and weekends are busy. Your child’s houseparents, Simon and Jess Porter, are experienced teachers and they and their team of tutors, matrons, and nurses look after every aspect of a boarder’s life. You can ring, email or visit whenever you need to do so and we will always be pleased to hear from you.

At weekends, after chapel there are matches on Saturday afternoons and in the evening a film, games, pizza or time with friends, just like at home. Boarders also make good use of the pool, the pitches and the adventure playground. Every Sunday the children set off on an expedition – the coast for beach games, the Haynes Motor Museum and Monkey World have been three recent trips. Time spent on-site is equally entertaining, with activities around the grounds, including big tree climbing (with ropes), karaoke competitions, baking brownies and enjoying barbeques.

Sunday evenings are special too. When you bring your son or daughter back to school you will feel the lively cheerfulness as soon as you arrive: it really is a ‘home from home’. The rooms are welcoming and the children are friendly, and there is a genuine warmth which the children love and remember long after they have left.

Click here to read the latest ISI Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report.


Day and boarding pupils share the same schedule and day pupils can also take advantage of part time boarding, if a bed is available.

The school day begins at 8.20am and runs through until 5.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from 8.20am until 3.30pm on Wednesdays – or after match fixtures; and from 8.20am until 12.30pm on Saturdays – unless children are in an afternoon match (Year 3 children do not attend school on Saturday). All pupils have lunch provided for them and, by arrangement, day pupils may stay later for supper and prep.

In order to help day pupils get to school, Clayesmore operates a fleet of its own liveried minibuses, serving an extensive area including Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, and Salisbury, as well as the many outlying villages and the nearby towns of Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury.