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 their 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 packages are designed to be as flexible as possible. Children may stay with us on a full time or weekly basis, or 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. Practice rooms in the music school are also available for use by liaising with the Director of Music.
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. There will also be an activity each Sunday, where the emphasis is much more about relaxing and having fun.
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 cost of both the Saturday enrichment programme and Sunday activities is included in the boarding fee. A summary of the boarding activities available can be found in the link below: