A Home from Home
Our aim is to make boarding flexible and fun! We are a family-orientated school and we tailor our boarding provision to suit each family whether you are from the UK, overseas or in the Forces.
We offer all types of boarding whether it is full, weekly or flexi and our boarders live in cosy dormitories. Boarding is an extremely rewarding experience and our boarders become self-sufficient and independent. They make their dorm their home from home by decorating the walls and bringing in their own toys and familiar possessions.
Health, personal hygiene and clothes are looked after by our team of medically trained matrons and there is always a matron on duty, day or night. In the evening, the matron is supported by a member of the residential staff. The general oversight of the boarding and the welfare of the pupils lies with the House Master under the guidance of the Head.
We welcome a number of boarders every year including a growing number of international boarders. Many of our day pupils also become boarders during their time at the School as, for many, this prepares them for their senior school at 13. Families also choose boarding because it suits their busy lives and we are able to support family life. We also hold a number of boarding events and activities and our boarding community is a strong and friendly network.
Our activities programme includes in-house entertainment, such as games evenings, as well as a variety of sporting activities and visits to the cinema or bowling. There are also plenty of opportunities for boarders to connect with home via Skype in the evenings.
For Forces families, we provide first-class pastoral care and the stability and familiarity which is needed for the children when there are changes at home.
Our Boarding Day
The boarding is run by Mr Ian Richardson, the House Master, who lives on site with his wife and young daughter. He has a team of ‘resident’ staff, all of whom have been House Masters in the past, who help out in the evenings. There are two Matrons who work on rotation and our Gap students also assist with the boarding.
Homework, as or as we call it Prep, is completed after school from 4:45pm to 5:30pm and then again, if needed, after supper from 7:15pm to 7:45pm. Music practice takes place after supper and before Prep, from 6:40pm to 7:10pm.
Years 3 and 4 boarders go to bed at 8:30pm, Years 5 and 6 at 8:40pm, Year 7 at 8:50pm and Year 8 at 9pm. In the second half of the Summer Term, when the light lasts longer, the boarders go to bed a little later.