We have long prided ourselves on the quality of our boarding provision. Our 2015 ISI Inspection reported “The quality of boarding education is excellent” and that a “family environment exists across all year groups”. This came as little surprise to us as we know how well our children are cared for and how much they enjoy our boarding experience. Our aim is to develop young people who are confident, resilient and principled and boarding certainly promotes our ambition.
We have two adjacent boarding houses located close to the main school, one for girls and one for boys, providing accommodation for up to 38 children. Our boarding houses are quite small and so no pupil ever feels lost or alone. Our boarders typically cover the age range from 8 to 18 and have a wide variety of backgrounds. The feeling you get when you walk through the door is “home”. It is no exaggeration to say our boarding offers a real home from home and because of our size we can guarantee we know our boarders extremely well and meet all of their needs.
At the heart of this are our boarding staff. Our houseparents are extremely experienced and provide the very best in boarding care. Supported by their excellent boarding team our houseparents ensure that the care provided to our pupils is of the highest quality. Together our staff and boarders plan a full schedule of evening and weekend activities. Boarders have access to a large enclosed garden as well as supervised access to the school swimming pool and sports facilities. Individual interests are also catered for with boarders able to attend local clubs from Air Training Cadets to football.
Boarding is a great experience for young people and offers so much more than simply accommodation. Boarding can offer stability in the life of a young person especially as so many parents have busy and mobile jobs. It is a chance to develop socially and emotionally, to develop confidence and a range of life skills. The pupils and staff become an extended family and lifelong friendships are forged.
We able offer a wide range of boarding options from full to flexi boarding to suit all needs. If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit to our boarding houses please contact the Registrar on 01264 325910.