The Boarding Day

"Boarders thoroughly enjoy living at the school and all were keen to express the difference that boarding made to their lives. They have a deep appreciation of the opportunities that boarding gives them, for example, the ready access to superb sporting and cultural facilities. Many have developed new skills and aptitudes or built on existing ones. Additionally, boarders are keen to take part in activities outside the school. They have free time to go into the nearby town, as well as participating in more structured outings, for example, to local theatres". Ofsted Boarding Inspection July 2014

8am - A typical day starts with breakfast. Other than sixth formers, pupils do not return to the boarding house during the day, ensuring that school and ‘home’ are separate in the same way as they are for day pupils.

8.50am – Registration in the main school with form groups followed by lesson timetable including morning break and lunch spent with day pupils in the main school buildings.

3.55pm – Boarders register in their boarding house when lessons finish. They can choose from the snack counter, then have free time to watch TV or play computer games in the boarders’ lounges, go running or join one of the school’s many sporting clubs. There are telephones in the houses for boarders to keep in contact with their family and friends. Boarders can also use their personal mobile phones and their own email addresses.

6pm – Tea is served by each of the boarding houses’ dedicated catering teams, each led by a qualified chef. Menus are well planned in conjunction with pupils, with a number of choices available including a vegetarian option. Pupils help with cleaning up after tea on a rota basis.

6.45pm – Prep in the boarding house study rooms, library or in boarders’ own rooms.

8pm – Pupils are able to join in any of the numerous activities organised by the house parents such as ice skating, bowling, theatre, cinema and other trips out. Boarders also have exclusive use of the school swimming pool one night a week and can use the gym and other sports facilities.

See our Boarding Activities page for more information.