Plymouth College replicates the best qualities of family life in the boarding house. We endeavour to create a close-knit community where life-long friendships are formed. The school is warm and welcoming; the pupils are happy and absorbed in their work and play and enjoy the opportunities that they simply would not have elsewhere. We often hear students, within days of starting at the school, saying that the boarding house feels like a second home.
The Plymouth College boarding experience is both stimulating and enriching. Investment in boarding facilities by the school has resulted in an excellent standard of accommodation. Leisure and study areas create both a sense of community and growth in independence, as pupils progress from childhood to adulthood in a wonderfully caring environment.
PMC is a real home to its boarding students and they feel part of that family.
We are delighted to present a short tour of Colson House - the boys' boarding house here at Plymouth College. Let our Head of Boarding, Matt Byrne show you around some of our amazing boarding facilities.
Matt is Head of Boarding and Housemaster of Colson House. He is Director of Cricket and a PE teacher in the senior school. Matt has spent the past 15 years working in a variety of boarding schools in Australia, New Zealand and England.
Matt and Nicola have been looking after boarders at Plymouth College since 2015. They live in the boarding house with their three children, Fletcher, Miller and Jarvis. Nicola previously worked in clinical psychology in a variety of educational and residential settings. She promotes mindfulness and well-being for both pupils and staff and is looking forward to being house mum to the boys.
Martin joined Plymouth College in September 2013 as a Design Technology teacher and since then has taken on several roles, currently as Head of Year 10, but has also played a central role within the boarding community over the past seven years. Carine is a full time supply teacher within local schools; however, she has spent several periods of time working as a French teacher at Plymouth College and has worked as part of the boarding community throughout this time. They moved into their accommodation, which is part of Mannamead House, just over a year ago and are excited to be taking on the role of Houseparents whilst Mrs Field is on maternity leave, providing the female boarders with continuity. Both love spending time at the beach and out on the moors with their dog Spuggie, making the most of the amazing Devon countryside on our doorsteps. Martin also loves woodwork, sailing, skiing and cars, whilst Carine loves reading and art.
Both sets of Boarding House Parents continue to foster a family atmosphere and build on the strong sense of community within the boarding houses.
They are very happy at Plymouth and it has also been a real benefit for them to interact with children from so many countries and backgrounds.
We are hugely proud that Plymouth College boarding has been recognised as part of the Independent Schools of the Year shortlist under the International Student Experience category. The whole community, both staff and students make significant efforts to welcome students from all around the world into our community here at Plymouth College. The learning about and celebration of different cultures within our community is a very important part of Plymouth College boarding and the diversity that we foster here.