Godstowe School offers boarding accommodation for girls between the ages of 7 and 13 within the comfortable surroundings of three, well maintained separate houses; Turner and Walker for senior girls and Highlands for the younger girls. Each house has its own gardens, kitchens, small homely bedrooms and dedicated, specific staffing.
Boarding could be described as the nucleus of the school. Pupils are cared for by three teams of very experienced and appropriately qualified staff, all of whom live on the school premises. They are strongly supported and supervised by the Headmaster and his wife who both take an active part in the boarding community.
Girls are encouraged to board in the belief that it has justification in its own right. We believe the environment is further enriched by the addition of an international presence in the houses, something of which we and they are very proud. Girls are exposed to a whole range of activities, clubs and cultural pastimes as well as having access to the excellent facilities of the school and its staff.
Generally, our boarders want to be boarders. They realise the benefits to their overall development, education and growing up as individuals. Girls learn a sense of independence, reliance on the good will of others and an understanding of others and their needs. They appreciate how to live together as a genuinely happy boarding community.
We are dedicated to their needs, not only as a community, but as individuals bearing in mind their home circumstances, their interests, their personal development and their desire to derive as much satisfaction from boarding at Godstowe as they can.
After school, the staff’s priority is the boarders. Arrangements are designed to offer them an environment as close to “home-from-home” as possible. We provide support for homework, offer after school activities to appeal to a wide range of interests and an after supper programme which includes time for the girls to play; to be active; to be inactive; to learn; to enquire; to do things they want to do; and, sometimes, just to be themselves!
The proportion of those who board at Godstowe is significant and we often give them priority in our planning. Boarders give the school its life after the day girls have gone home. Numerous staff involved with boarders devote their time to our girls in a way we would expect parents to at home.
Godstowe is committed to the future of boarding, in a friendly and very homely environment. Remember, boarders have friends on tap; staff on tap; enjoyment on tap. The way in which their development thrives on the boarding experience is there for everyone to see. To parents and girls, we say “Join the fun”.