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.

James Fox

James is an Economics teacher and has been Head of Faulkner’s Boys since January 2020. 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 his new role. He, his wife Katie and young son Noah are eagerly anticipating the next stage of their Bradfield journey.

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.

Leanne Rowlands

Leanne joined Bradfield in September 2017, taking up the post of Housemistress of Palmer House and has led teaching of IBDP Psychology at the College since 2018. She had previously worked at Marlborough College Malaysia and brought thirteen years of boarding and pastoral experience to her role at Bradfield. Leanne studied Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University where she competed for the athletics team and captained the 1st VII netball. Leanne has always been a keen sportswoman and has competed internationally in athletics (100m, 200m, Triple Jump) and netball.

Leanne started her teaching career at St Edward’s Oxford as a PE teacher and Resident House Tutor where she enjoyed success coaching the 1st VII netball and overseeing the running of athletics. In 2005, Leanne took the role of Head of Girls’ Sport at Marlborough College UK and ran netball, tennis and athletics. In 2009, Leanne became Housemistress and Head of Academic Physical Education at Tudor Hall School.

At Marlborough College Malaysia, Leanne set up the Senior Girls’ Boarding, academic PE (GCSE and IB Sport Health and Exercise Science) and taught Psychology. She also implemented an Artemis programme in the Senior Houses taking over the running of the PSHE, Wellbeing and Mindfulness curriculum. Leanne spent much of her free time travelling South East Asia during her tenure in Malaysia.

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

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