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Introduction to Boarding

Pupils who board spoke confidently about how the boarding experience has strengthened their self-confidence

ISI Report 2018

Boarding, 7 - 13 year old girls

Introduction

Boarding at Godstowe is very popular and in heavy demand. Ms Green oversees the boarding arrangements, working closely with the Head of Boarding and three Housemistresses.  Girls may board at Godstowe from the age of seven, either part time, weekly or termly. Around a third of the girls in the prep school board, some joining us from overseas. We have a junior house (Highlands) dedicated to our youngest boarders and two senior houses (Turner & Walker) for girls in their final two years at Godstowe.

Our Ethos

Boarding should be a valuable and enriching experience for all children. Before your daughter joins us for the first time, it is important that she feels nurtured and excited about the prospect of joining the Godstowe community.


When she arrives, every new boarder has a boarding buddy from her boarding house and a ‘pupil guardian’ of her own age, and usually from her own form, to help her to settle in. All new boarders joining as the beginning of a new academic year will be invited to an Induction Day in the summer term prior to joining Godstowe. This will be a Sunday with a BBQ or lunch, afternoon activities and a chance to meet existing boarders. New girls are invited to sleepover and the following morning parents will be invited to attend a talk by the Headmistress and an informal chat with staff. This will give each new girl and her parents the opportunity to feel comfortable and confident about the very significant move to becoming a boarder. Many girls arrive in September already feeling secure and familiar with the boarding ethos of the School.

Weekends and Special Occasions

Weekends are always busy and fun. Some sports fixtures take place on a Saturday morning. Once prep and necessary tasks, such as music practice, are completed Saturday afternoon is usually relaxed with either an on-site activity or a walk to the local shopping centre. Trips take place on Sundays and these may include visits to wildlife parks, agricultural shows, socials, local activity centres, the cinema and theatre and the seaside, to name but a few. In addition, visitors from local zoos, dance groups and societies join us from time to time. ‘Home Grown’ fun includes fashion shows and themed events, celebrating international festivals and the girls often perform well rehearsed House plays.  Sometimes, girls will have time simply to be themselves - and why not? 
 
On her birthday, each girl is made to feel very special. At the end of the school day, she has a ‘Birthday Supper’ to which she invites her friends and a cake is shared. In the Senior Houses the girls are invited to a ‘Birthday Flat’ party which takes place in the Housemistress’s accommodation.

Holidays and Exeats

An Exeat is a weekend holiday when the School and Boarding Houses close, and girls go home to their family or guardian. Girls are often collected from school, however they can be taken by train to London Marylebone, accompanied by members of staff, if needed. 

Boarding, at present, is VERY popular and existing girls wanting to convert will need to register their interest with Mrs Bird, the Registrar, urgently.  Occasional boarding is also encouraged for any girls considering becoming a boarder at a later stage.

Pupils who board spoke confidently about how the boarding experience has strengthened their self-confidence

ISI Report 2018