Boarding is an integral part of school life at the Oratory Preparatory School. The boarding house, situated on the first floor of the main house, caters for up to 60 boarders. There are seven boys’ dormitories and four girls’ dormitories. Children have the option of either Full-time, Weekly or Flexible boarding, to suit individual family needs.
The boarders enjoy regular evening and weekend activities, both inside and outside the school grounds, organised and led by staff. This may include canoeing, a trip to the cinema, ice skating, walking in the countryside, swimming and so on. The children who board at the weekends have a wide range of activities over the course of the school year. The boarders are also heavily involved in our popular Saturday Enrichment Programme.
Mr Ed Binham is the Boarding Housemaster at the Oratory Prep School. He has been a teacher at the OPS for five years and as well as Boarding Housemaster is also Master-in-Charge of Rugby. He has been married to Melanie for over 7 years who has recently returned to Air Cabin Crew duties with British Airways. They have three children all loving life at the OPS Boe, Minnah and Sullivan.
Mr Binham is a Politics graduate from Loughborough and after acquiring his Master in Contemporary European Politics embarked upon a professional rugby union career spanning over a decade. Mr Binham loves being outdoors and has a wide range of sporting pastimes. Unlike his Bulldog Rocksi who is quite happy to ignore walks and sleep all day. Mr Binham has an aim of competing in the British Masters for weightlifting. Mr Binham grew up in the Midlands and is a former pupil of Blue Coat School Birmingham and Bromsgrove.
The Boarding Houseparent is supported by a large number of resident staff as well as by a full-time matron and her two assistants. The matrons look after the day-to-day needs of the children, including health matters, and oversee the organisation of the children’s clothes. The school doctor visits the school once a week, and all boarders are registered with the local surgery.