Older pupils often participate in weekly boarding from Monday to Thursday, this brings with it many advantages. Learning about boarding life before starting senior school in a gentle and relaxed environment makes transition extremely easy when the pupils move on. The consistency of the routine also helps children to feel more settled and increases the feeling of belonging to the boarding community.
Some children like to build-up their boarding experience more slowly and instead choose to stay for one or two nights every week. These nights are booked-in for the term ahead and the children’s beds are kept free for them to use. However, the availability of these places is limited and where there is competition for beds, priority will be given firstly to full boarders, and then to Year 8 boarders.
Boarding enhances the overall experience of pupils in the school.
|Boarding Time Table|
|7.15am||Wake up Open curtains, make beds, clear floor, and prepare for day the ahead.|
|7.30am||House Meeting Meet in Common Room for daily notices.|
|7.35am – 8.00am||Breakfast In Main Dining Room|
|8.00am||Preparation for day ahead / Surgery Time Brush teeth and collect what is needed for the day. Those requiring medication go to see Matron. Those not boarding, please leave your overnight bag in the Common Room. Music practice opportunity!|
|8.15am||Change Over Those coming in please leave your bag at bottom of your bed.|
|7.30pm||Boarding Activities Check what’s on and what you have signed-up for. Make sure you sign-in with the member of staff on duty.|
|8.15pm||Drinks and Snacks in the Common Room|
|8.00pm||Year 4 Shower time and get ready for bed|
|8.15pm||Year 4 FOG – Feet Off the Ground Quiet reading in bed|
|8.25pm||Year 4 Lights out|
|8.30pm||Year 5-6 Shower time and get ready for bed|
|8.45pm||Year 5-6 FOG – Feet Off the Ground Quiet reading in bed|
|9.00pm||Year 5-6 Lights out|
|8.40pm||Year 7-8 Shower time and get ready for bed|
|9.00pm||Year 7-8 FOG – Feet Off the Ground Quiet reading in bed|
|9.15pm||Year 7-8 Lights out|
What are the dormitories like?
Our rooms vary in their size and shape, but all are homely and welcoming. Boarders are encouraged to personalise the dorms with posters, photos and so on. Flexi and weekly boarders may also bring in their own duvet covers to further increase the feeling of a ‘home from home’. This bedding will be stored under their bed when not in use.
What additional items are required by boarders?
Individual items such as iPods and PSPs may be brought into the boarding house but they must not have either cameras or internet capability. They should also be clearly named and the parents must be able to vouch for the suitability of all their content. It is also recommended that they are listed as part of your own home contents insurance. Pupils are not able to use mobile phones.
What happens if my child is ill while boarding?
Matron will keep you informed of all the health matters concerning your child. Should your child fall ill at school, Matron will contact you and discuss the situation. It is quite normal these days for children to go home if they are unwell but children may stay at school in Sick Bay in certain circumstances. We have a special arrangement with local doctors’ surgery in Farnham. They are on hand to answer queries from Matron, offer practical advice and will send a doctor to the school when the need arises.
How do I keep in touch with my child?
Pupils have access to a land line phone during the evenings. Emergency calls can be made at all times, either through the school office or via the Housemaster’s flat.