Many of our boarders will be leaving home for the first time and a number of them have families in other parts of the world. Our house system is structured to allow new boarders to settle in quickly, with older girls in a position to nurture younger pupils. This ensures that all girls have a home from home, where they feel included, appreciated and part of a close-knit community.
The house is a sanctuary where girls eat, sleep, play, relax and study. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and family, with girls developing a fierce house spirit which manifests itself noisily during inter-house competitions of all kinds.
Girls who board live in one of our 11 Boarding Houses: there are six junior houses for 11 - 16 year olds and five senior houses for Sixth Form girls. Each of the Houses is run by a Housemistress, who may also have a small teaching commitment. She is supported by a Deputy Housemistress and a team of staff, some of whom live-in, as well as a dedicated Chef and kitchen and domestic staff.
All Houses have dining rooms, common rooms, prep rooms, computer rooms, space for music practice and laundry facilities.
A typical day
The shape of the day varies depending on the academic and co-curricular options a girl takes; a typical day looks like this:
|Wake up, have breakfast and get ready for school.|
|8.20||Registration with your Tutor|
|8.30||Lines (filing into the Princess Hall)|
|8.35||Prayers (morning assembly)|
|1.10||Walk back to the house for lunch|
|4.25||Lessons end - break/tea|
|After lessons, girls have three options, either go back to the House to relax with friends until Supper, begin their Prep, or take part in a co-curricular activity at College or the Health and Fitness Centre.|
Arrange a Visit
We are delighted to welcome prospective boarders and their families to College for an Open Day or private tour, so that you can see for yourselves the opportunities available within our vibrant community.