Boarding and Pastoral
Boarding makes a strong and essential contribution to the distinctive ethos of the School. It gives an opportunity for pupils to acquire independence, self-reliance and leadership skills as they mature as well as giving experience of living in a community. Boarding is particularly valuable in giving young people the skills needed for life away from home, eg at university.
Each boarding house provides a structured living environment and a safe and happy one in which individual boarders can grow in confidence towards adulthood.
About a third of our community boards. The welfare of all boarding pupils is actively promoted, with due consideration being given to each pupil’s religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic background. The Housemaster/mistress, Tutors and Matrons are the key staff involved in boarders’ welfare, acting in ‘loco parentis’ during term time. Support is also lent by the Headmaster and the senior management team of the School, School Doctor, the School Health & Wellbeing Centre.
Particular care is exercised over boarders who are new either to the School or to boarding. House Staff provide an extensive and varied programme of activities for their pupils. Boarders are encouraged to take pride, not only in the whole School, but also in the boarding community within the School.
Boarders have access to a fully networked computer system offering e-mail and controlled internet access. Each House also has a television room, games rooms and music practice rooms. Skype and Wi-Fi access are also available.