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Boarding at Sixth Form

Boarding can be especially helpful in the Sixth Form as it frees up time that would otherwise be spent on travel.

This means that students can take advantage of the co-curricular and academic extension opportunities that will help to give them ‘the edge’ on their university personal statement or in the international job market. Sixth Form boarding also helps individuals to enjoy greater independence and become more self-sufficient. This can be a big advantage when they move away from home. 

Personal space

Both senior boarding houses have excellent communal facilities but we recognise that older students sometimes need privacy. Lower Sixth students normally share a room with one other, and Upper Sixth students have their own study bedroom.

Flexibility when you need it

Whatever Sixth Form students choose to do, we are aware that the demands of school, work, and modern family life are not always compatible so we have tried to make our boarding arrangements for both boarders and day pupils as flexible as possible. If our Sixth Form day students find that they have a particularly busy few days, with a school play for example, they can consider making use of our occasional boarding options to help them through the pressure point. More information is available by clicking on the boarding options link.

Weekends and free time

Living closely with your peers in a busy community is exciting and enjoyable but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. Everyone needs time out, which is why students in the Sixth Form have more flexibility about participation in weekend activities.

All full boarders who are not involved in sporting fixtures on a Saturday morning will participate in our 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. Sixth Formers will also get help with study skills and access to academic workshops, as well as targeted activities aimed at preparing them for life beyond school.

The activities on a Sunday are much more ‘fun’ orientated and Sixth Formers are not expected to participate each week. Typical activities include off-site trips for shopping, dry slope ski-ing and the cinema. Sixth Form boarders are also able to visit York or spend time relaxing at the home of friends within the day community. All boarders also attend a chapel service conducted by the Chaplain and parents and guardians are always welcome to join us.

A summary of boarding trips and activities can be found in the link below:

Boarding Trips and Activities 2021-2022

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