Our boarding houses are warm, family oriented and homely. Boarders are divided up according to year groups, and the experience evolves in a managed way as the students grow up. This helps them develop their personal independence and learn to co-operate with and appreciate others.
Our boarding houses are Main House and The Stables, and each has its own residential houseparent who is responsible for the individual needs and welfare of the boarders in their care. The Deputy Head of Boarding lives on site and is also the overnight Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Daily handover meetings are held with all boarding staff in the morning and evening and any issues or concerns are communicated with teaching staff. Both the Head and Deputy Head of Boarding are of course available throughout the school day.
The bedrooms are homely, all recently decorated, and boarders are encouraged to personalise their rooms so they feel at home and as comfortable as possible. In each boarding house there is a common room with a flat screen TV, DVDs, CDs, a mini kitchen in which to make snacks and hot drinks and a place to chill out with friends. There is also a games room and library available for use by students.
All boarders benefit from an extensive after school activities programme and opportunities to develop independence and communication skills.
We offer weekly boarding from Sunday evening to Friday evening, and we can usually accommodate flexi boarders either on the same night(s) each week or on an ad hoc basis. This allows students to stay over for particular evening activities and it also gives parents greater flexibility at home and with work commitments. Cheryl Moore, the Head's PA, can give you further details.