It can be difficult deciding whether or not to go down the boarding school option. Sometimes, due to family circumstances, it’s a necessity but, more often than not, we find that once the girls have had a couple of taster days and sleepovers with us, it’s more a question of ‘allowing’ them to board rather than ‘sending them to board’.
We can accommodate approximately 60 boarders from across the school in our two friendly, family run boarding houses – Dalvenie and Rashleigh – which offer full, weekly, flexi and occasional boarding. The houses are well-equipped and staffed by a team of friendly and welcoming house parents and assistants. Year 11-13 pupils occupy Rashleigh House, with the Sixth Form accommodated in single and double study bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.
Both houses are equipped with Wi-Fi, communal kitchens and modern laundry facilities, as well as having comfortable lounges with games and other equipment that can be used to relax at the end of the day. Both houses also have access to music practice rooms for the girls in the evening. Boarders take all their meals in the School’s dining room, where our chef and his team prepare a wide range of healthy, appetising and nutritious dishes.
We are proud of the excellent standard of pastoral care, facilities and ‘extras’ we are able to provide, with a recent ISI report commenting:
‘The school is highly successful in creating a supportive, nurturing environment and pupils of all ages are palpably happy and confident. They feel well looked after and receive high quality support and guidance which they greatly appreciate.’
‘Boarders… develop into happy, confident and independent individuals… Their behaviour is exemplary; they are sincere and genuine in their dealings with each other. They have an enthusiastic approach to life and say they love boarding.’
‘Boarders develop strong friendships and quickly feel great loyalty to their house. They appreciate the family atmosphere in the houses and the warm relationships they have with boarding staff, who clearly know the boarders well.’
‘Houses are very well equipped with comfortable lounge areas. Spacious, high quality en-suite bathrooms are provided for older boarders.’
‘There is a wide choice of on-site and locally based activities offered both during the week and at weekends. The programme is flexible, responds to individuals needs and offers something for everyone who chooses to get involved.’
It’s very important to us that our girls feel as ‘at home’ as possible because then they will be able to study successfully, be happy outside school and fulfil their potential – both academically and socially. That’s why, from the outset, we work closely with parents and teachers to ensure a quick, smooth and joyous integration into boarding life.