At Bradfield, all first year pupils (Year 9 girls and boys) spend their first year in Faulkner’s before moving onto their senior boarding house for their remaining four years at the College.

Faulkner's nurtures an atmosphere of energy, enthusiasm and care.

Faulkner's Parent

We recognise that the change from prep school to senior school is a big one for any child and should not be underestimated. By providing a home-from-home environment, Faulkner’s makes this change as smooth as possible and allows us to provide the highest quality of pastoral care.

There are currently around 170 pupils living in Faulkner’s. The Faulkner’s house motto is ‘Work hard. Get involved. Be kind.’

Faulkner’s Staff

The Housemaster and Housemistress of Faulkner’s are primarily responsible for the running of the boarding house but are supported by a large team including four matrons, a designated Faulkner’s nurse from the medical centre, counsellors, seven residential staff as well as a team of prefects from the upper years in the school.

In addition, there are 20 Faulkner’s tutors who are responsible for monitoring the pastoral, academic and co-curricular progress of the pupils.

Marcus Blackburn

Marcus begins as Head of Faulkner’s Boys in September 2018, having previously worked at Hereford Cathedral School for three years as Assistant Head (Co-Curricular). Marcus has also held leadership roles at KCS Wimbledon and The Scots College in Sydney – a day and boarding school for over 2,000 boys. Only in Australia a boy can request to be excused from sport because a shark has bitten him!

With qualifications and experience that ricochet between sport and the arts, Marcus’ career has generally focused on human endeavour and performance, and guiding young people to both believe in themselves and be the best that they can be. He is particularly interested in the capacity for character development in co-curricular pursuits, and looks forward to helping the boys in Faulkner’s achieve balance in their school commitments.

Marcus read Drama at Exeter University and looks forward to teaching Drama and assisting on school productions at Bradfield. He is a former international rugby sevens coach, having most recently coached Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games, and is a published author with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Marcus is married to Tara and they have two sons, Jack and Rory.

Vicki Rae

Vicki trained as a Registered General Nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, London, and qualified in 1991. After completing her first year as a staff nurse she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, based at the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital, Woolwich. On leaving the army, Vicki returned to the NHS, specialising in Community nursing. She continued her studies at Oxford Brookes’ University, with a specialist qualification in District Nursing.

Vicki joined Bradfield in 2006 as a Day Matron in Faulkner’s and then became Resident Matron in 2008. She has a wealth of experience in running this unique boarding house and dealing with the pastoral care of the pupils. Vicki also teaches Wellbeing and coordinates that Department. Her nursing background gives her a deep understanding of the mental and physical development of the pupils in her care, and she is an instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.

She is married to Justin and has two boys, Joshua and Toby. Vicki manages to maintain her sanity in a football-mad household and, when not watching sport, enjoys playing the piano, walking in the Lake District and travelling.

James Fox

James is an Economics teacher and currently Acting Housemaster of Armstrong House. He completed a BA in Coach Education and Sports Development at the University of Bath graduating with First Class Honours and, having attended Bradfield as a pupil, returned as a member of staff in September 2014. As well as coaching the U16A team and supporting the 1st XI pre-season tours, James coaches a variety of sports including Hockey, Cricket and Netball. As a Bradfield pupil, James also represented and captained the U18 ISFA national team.

James’ professional ambitions are centred around Bradfield’s outstanding pastoral provision and he is in the final stages of completing a BSA Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Care. He values the importance of physical activity in providing a healthy foil to the rigours of independent education and sees his role as a coach as a platform for delivering Bradfield’s ‘Education for Life’ valuing the reward for hard work above everything else.

James will bring his typical enthusiasm, energy and wholehearted commitment to Bradfield life to bear when he takes up the reins of Faulkner’s Boys in January. He, his wife Katie and young son Noah are eagerly anticipating the next stage of their Bradfield journey.

Faulkner’s Facilities

The facilities within Faulkner’s are excellent. All bedrooms are en-suite, and pupils enjoy easy access to comfortable common rooms, two surgeries, and Brewers (communal kitchens).

A central foyer provides a welcoming space for girls and boys to meet and mix, while they also benefit from their own common rooms. Fully equipped games and TV rooms allow pupils to unwind during breaks and at the end of the day.

Faulkner’s Dining Hall

Faulkner’s also have their very own purpose-built dining hall with food cooked on the premises. Menus are chosen very carefully by the caterers and all food allergies are catered for. Many Faulkner’s claim that the food in Faulkner’s Dining Hall is better than the food served in the College’s Main Dining Hall!


Within Faulkner’s there are four ‘Socials’ of about 30 or 40 pupils. The Social a pupil belongs to depends on which senior boarding house they will go into in the Shell (Year 10).

Socials meet every day with their Head of Social. The focus of these meetings is to monitor academic progress and give out important information to the pupils. Socials also provide time to practice and rehearse for inter-Social competitions that take place throughout the year.

Faulkner's contact details
AddressFaulkner’s, Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire, RG7 6BF
Telephone0118 964 4700
Matron tel0118 964 4703