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.

Fiona Wall

Fiona graduated from Bangor University in 1987 and started her career at Queen’s College Taunton, teaching French and Physical Education. She moved to the Bradfield area in 1991 and taught at The Willink School in Burghfield Common until being appointed Head of Faulkner’s girls in 2005, when she and her husband Roger ran Faulkner’s when it became a co-educational boarding house.

Fiona has taught French throughout her time at Bradfield and has coached hockey, netball and tennis to all age groups. She has supported in the past the teaching of Wellbeing and has been a G House tutor for the last four years.

She is married to Roger (Deputy Head Co-Curricular) and they have three grown up children who have all been through Bradfield (and Faulkner’s with them!) and are now working or still at university. Fiona is a passionate swimmer and runner and enjoys walking the family dog Cassie.

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.

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