Boarding at Pocklington School
Our senior boarding houses (Faircote for girls and Fenwick-Smith for boys) are located on or adjacent to the school campus. Junior boarders move up to senior boarding houses at the beginning of the Fifth Year.
A boarder’s life can be both physically and emotionally demanding. Living closely with others in a busy community is exciting and enjoyable but everyone needs a break from time to time.
We do not organise every minute of a boarder’s day: this is appreciated by boarders as they mature and develop independence. Everyone needs time to rest and relax and they are able to do this as well as join in with the wide range of options on offer.
Our boarding packages are designed to be as flexible as possible. Children may stay with us on a full time or weekly basis, or for just board 'part-time' for two fixed nights during the week. We also provide occasional boarding, so if you are travelling away on business or your child is taking part in co-curricular activities and wants to make the most of their evening by staying on-site, you can be reassured that he or she will be well cared for. More information is available by clicking on the boarding options link.
The school has a separate dedicated activity programme for boarders in addition to regular school activities. To keep up with what’s going on pupils need to check the calendar and look out for notices in school or in the house. Additionally there are open swimming sessions at various times in the week. The sports hall can also be used for various sports under supervision such as indoor football, badminton, indoor tennis, basketball etc. Additionally we have a popular multi-gym. Practice rooms in the music school are also available for use by liaising with the Director of Music. There is always plenty of time to just relax with friends.
Any full boarders who are not involved in sporting fixtures on a Saturday will participate in the Saturday morning enrichment programme. This is a programme of events, trips, activities and workshops designed to introduce boarders to the culture and history of the East Riding, teach them new skills and gain useful qualifications. Boarders are also able to visit York or spend time relaxing at the home of friends within the day community.
The Sunday activity programme changes each term, and will include trips off-site (for example, to local beaches, theme parks, the cinema and ice skating) as well as activities on site (for example, craft workshops, ‘zorbing’ and archery). All boarders also attend a chapel service conducted by the Chaplain and parents and guardians are always welcome to join us.
The Sunday activity programme is compulsory for boarders in the Junior houses (up to and including Fourth Year). This is more flexible for boarders in the Senior houses who will usually be expected to choose one activity each half-term to participate in.
The cost of the Saturday enrichment programme (and the Sunday activities programme for Junior boarders) is included in the school fees. A summary of boarding trips and activities can be found in the link below: