Day and Boarding


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.

Clayesmore offers happy and successful full and part time boarding. Pupils have every opportunity to take part in a wide range of co-curricular activities in the evenings as well as trips and outings at the weekends. There are two planned exeats each term when school finishes on Friday afternoon, allowing the children a full weekend at home.

The boarding house comprises brightly-decorated, shared bedrooms; the common rooms are comfortable places where children can relax and spend time together; and there is a well-equipped boarders’ kitchen where evening snacks and hot drinks can be prepared by staff.

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.