Prep Boarding School

The Prep Boarding school House is called Marshall House. The house crest is of the rowan tree, which represents good luck and protection.


Our Prep boarders live happily in a fun and loving home environment. Far from diminishing the role of parents, boarding provides a special collaboration between the school, the parent and the child. Within our wonderful international family of boarders, we offer expert pastoral guidance that helps children to grow and develop, fostering qualities such as loyalty, responsibility, resilience, kindness and courage. It makes us enormously proud to see Prep School boarders leave Marshall House as happy, confident children, fully equipped for the new challenges of life in the Senior School.  

Prep school boarding life

Prep School boarding is full of stimulating and creative leisure time. Without the daily commute in traffic, your child will have plenty of opportunities to learn and grow – physically, emotionally and spiritually – surrounded by nature and fresh air.

The evening activities at our Prep boarding school vary from day-to-day. From pumpkin carving and face painting to slime-making and sports, we ensure boarding life is always fun and inspiring, and that it nurtures each ‘whole person’. We want the children to be happy and grow at their own pace.

We provide nutritious meals and snacks for the children in our care and a daily laundry service. While we have staff on hand to cater for the children, we also actively encourage them to help around the house to build that all-important sense of capability and independence.  
Our programme of activities and expert pastoral care aims to:
  • Encourage loyalty, responsibility, resilience, kindness and courage.
  • Foster community spirit and build lasting friendships among our children
  • Develop life skills and independence
  • Improve language and communication skills


Our Prep School boarding offers homely, spacious accommodation. The boarders share big bedrooms (known as dormitories), each with four to six beds. Within the bedrooms, each child has a bed with drawers for storage, a bedside table and a lamp. Our House Parents encourage the children to decorate the space around their bed with pictures and posters, to ensure it feels like their very own safe, comfortable space. Children usually change rooms every term to ensure they make new friends within the community.

Every night there are five members of house staff staying in the house: the House Parents, the assistant House Parents and the Matron. This means our children can sleep soundly knowing they have all the care, support or urgent assistance they need readily available at any hour of the night.

Meet the Prep Boarding team

Steve and Penny Dunn – House Parents

Steve, Penny and their three children moved to Thailand from New Zealand in 2018. Penny has been a registered nurse for 24 years, and Steve is a passionate maths teacher. They understand that some of our young boarders are away from their family for the first time in their lives, and the importance of giving them a safe, comfortable home environment, with a sense of belonging. They ensure every child is free to be themselves while feeling loved, supported and heard.

Ben and India Collings – Assistant House Parents

Ben and India moved to Thailand from the UK in 2018. Ben is a much-loved Assistant Director of Music in the Prep and Pre-Prep Schools, and India is an inspiring Reception Year Lead in the Pre-Prep School. Both have a passion for music and the performing arts, and are experienced with children of all ages. Ben and India bring their warm, friendly personalities to the role and are excited to contribute to the familial environment at ‘Marshall House’.

Steve and Penny Dunn – House Parents

Steve, Penny and their three children moved to Thailand from New Zealand in 2018. Penny has been a registered nurse for 22 years, and Steve is a passionate maths teacher. Experienced with children of all ages, Steve and Penny know how to build trust and offer wonderful support to our boarders.

Collings – Assistant House Parents

Collings Information

Amanda Kayunsalung – Matron

Amanda keeps the house running in order. From laundry to bed-making and being the first port of call at night, Amanda is much-loved by our boarders. Previously a medical scientist and an expert in Muay Thai, she lives here with her husband Phop, and she has enough energy to entertain and care for the children from sunrise to sunset.

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Our education develops the whole person. That’s the whole point.

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