We believe in the value of all types of boarding at every level of the School and the importance of the boarding community for all students, including day pupils.
We strive to provide a happy, fun and caring boarding environment where children are able to develop and flourish. Each individual is encouraged to develop their own character and sense of self, growing in confidence, courage and compassion.
We believe that boarding should complement, not replace family life, and a pupil’s House is their home from home and the centre of their personal life. We aim to create a supportive and relaxed environment where each student can develop at their own pace.
During weekends our boarders enjoy visits including London and Cambridge, scaling high ropes, canoeing on lakes and taking advantage of the School's proximity to London and West End theatres.
Boarding staff seek to guide students appropriately, using praise and encouragement liberally whilst upholding high expectations of behaviour. We want each boarder to feel that they are a valued member of the community to which they are able to make a contribution.
The students form firm, diverse and global friendships. Boarding gives pupils a sense of community and by living with others they develop invaluable life skills, such as respect, tolerance, teamwork and self-motivation. Boarders learn to be tolerant of each other, yet they learn to be independent too. The boarding environment offers a rich variety of experiences which allows children to develop culturally, creatively, physically, spiritually, morally and socially.
We offer a range of boarding options and families can choose the right type of boarding to suit their needs. Sixth Form boarders are encouraged to prepare for university life by taking more responsibility for their own time, cooking (although meals are also available in the dining room) and doing laundry. Please see our Sixth Form Boarding handbook.
Full boarders stay in school throughout the week and there is a lively programme of weekend activities, in which all pupils are welcome to participate. During the holidays, full boarders go to stay with family, friends and guardians.
Weekly boarders usually arrive on Monday morning and return home on Friday afternoon, spending four nights in school. For other families, flexi-boarding is a popular option; it allows families to decide which nights and/or weekends they would like their child to board. This allows pupils to gain the experience of boarding without being away from home full time. Occasional boarding provides the opportunity for pupils to board for a limited period e.g. a weekend or a week. This is a popular option prior to exams.
Year 11 pupils and Sixth Formers have individual study bedrooms. All other year groups share a room with a number of others depending on their age. Bath and shower rooms are shared by a small number of boarders in each section of the House and there are common rooms, kitchens and other spaces for relaxation and games. Boarders have access to music practice rooms, sports facilities, IT suites and the Learning Resources Centre in the evening.