Boarding at Prep School
A home from home
Our junior boarding houses (Orchard House for girls and Dolman House for boys) have ‘house parents’ who foster a warm, safe and happy boarding family atmosphere, which helps to make our boarding experience special.
For junior boarders, the day starts with morning routines before breakfast. At the end of the day children are welcomed back into the boarding house where they are encouraged to share the highs and low of the day with staff and friends. The evening meal is followed by a productive ‘prep’ session supervised by our teachers. A range of evening activities fill the children’s evenings before a light supper in the house kitchens and a bedtime story for our younger pupils.
A richer experience
Our junior boarding houses have warm and comfortable common rooms, dedicated prep rooms equipped with computers with filtered internet access, ample private bathroom facilities and kitchens. The house offices are a focal point where boys and girls like to gather to relax and talk with staff about their day. Every child has their own personal space within their room.
Our boarding accommodation is designed to be as flexible as possible. Children may stay with us on a full time or weekly basis, or for just one or two nights during the week. We also provide flexi-boarding so, if you are travelling away on business or your child is taking part in extra-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.
A further option is ‘extended day’ boarding, where pupils can join us for breakfast before school starts and stay in the appropriate Boarding House until 8.00pm, taking part in study time, meals and activities. At the end of the evening, you as parents, can spend quality time together, safe in the knowledge that all of their needs have been met.
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. Practice rooms in the music school are also available for use by liaising with the Director of Music.
Saturday and Sunday Activities
Prep School staff organise fun Saturday morning activities within school involving both and day and boarding pupils. There is also plenty of time to relax with friends.The ‘Sunday Boarders Activities Programme’ is extensive with many trips off site, including local beaches, theme parks, the cinema, bowling, climbing wall, dry slope ski-ing, cooking, ice skating etc. The cost of these trips, which are compulsory for Prep School to third year boarders at Pocklington School is included in the boarding fee for this age group. For older children in the Fourth form to Sixth Form trips are generally voluntary and are billed separately at the end of term. All boarders also attend a chapel service conducted by the Chaplain (see calendar for times) and parents and guardians are always welcome to join us.