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Introduction to Boarding

Boarding is of excellent quality and contributes much to pupils' self confidence and personal development

ISI Report 2012

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 three Housemistresses.  Girls may board at Godstowe from the age of seven, either weekly or termly. About 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 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 ‘pupil guardian’ of her own age, and usually from her own form, to help her to settle in. An induction day, or sleepover, will be offered to all new boarders in the term prior to joining Godstowe. The whole family is invited to visit, and this will give each new girl 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. Once prep and necessary tasks such as music practice are completed, trips are frequently made to theme parks, the cinema and theatre, and to shopping centres. Visitors from local zoos, dance groups and societies join us from time to time. Girls will host fashion shows and discos, and 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 an intimate Birthday Supper to which she invites her friends; presents are distributed, and a cake is shared with the rest of the House.

Holidays and Exeats

An Exeat is a weekend holiday when the School and Boarding Houses close, and girls go home. At the end of term, overseas children may be escorted by arrangement to international airports, and local pupils are taken by minibus or train into London as appropriate. Girls’ clothes are always returned freshly laundered and ironed.

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

Boarding is of excellent quality and contributes much to pupils' self confidence and personal development

ISI Report 2012