Boarding: Never boring!
Boarding at Prebendal is flexible, fun and a home from home. As a family-orientated school we recognise our families have different needs, and this is why we tailor our boarding provision.
Forces families, those based overseas, children in their final year with us (who often choose to board at this point as part of their preparation for senior school) and parents whose work schedules are varied and may therefore need just occasional boarding for their children – our dorms offer cosy overnighting to all students, as and when required.
Independence and self-sufficiency are just two advantages that boarding brings. Naturally children are more enchanted by the opportunities for midnight feasts and pillow fights, but boarding, either full-time or on a flexi basis, helps children to develop confidence and self-reliance.
Dorms are comfy and homely. Favourite toys and familiar possessions from home ensure that children settle quickly, with most adding their own artwork and family photographs to decorate their space.
A busy activities and entertainments programme means that boarding is never boring! From games evenings to sporting fun, jaunts to the cinema and trips to the bowling alley, there really is never a dull moment. There are also plenty of opportunities for boarders to connect with home in the evenings by telephone, FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.
Our boarding community is a supportive, nurturing and friendly network. For Forces families, we provide first-class pastoral care. Special care is also taken to provide the stability and familiarity needed by any child when there are changes at home.
Health, personal hygiene and clothes are looked after by our team of medically trained Matrons and there is always a Matron on duty, day and night. In the evening, Matron is supported by a member of residential staff. The general welfare of boarders (and indeed all pupils) rests with the House Master under the guidance of the Head.
Our Boarding Day
Our Head of Boarding is Mr Collings who lives on site with his family. He has a team of staff who help out in the evenings. There are two Matrons who work on rotation and our Gap students also assist with the boarding.
Homework at Prebendal is called Prep and 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, boarders bedtimes move to slightly later in the evening.
The Prebendal School is also proud to be a member of the