The School’s weekly boarding offering has been extended and will now be available from Year 7 onwards from January 2022. Staying at School House where our Head of Boarding, Richard Pineo, lives with his family, students will feel they are home from home.
With a long tradition of boarding at Woodbridge School, boarders are an integral part of the School community, adding value themselves and enjoying a wide range of additional benefits that boarding brings. Arriving on Sunday evening, staying through to Friday after School, students can be organised and prepared ahead of the week, settled and ready to start on Monday morning – returning home at the end of the week to spend quality time with family and friends.
Providing structure, routine and encouraging increased independence and responsibility, weekly boarding can also reduce time spent travelling back and forth from School each day; up to 10 hours per week if travel time is ordinarily up to an hour per day. This time can be used in many positive ways, such as to study, with set times in place for all boarders each day after School, as well as take advantage of access during the evening to the Sports Centre, Gym and Music School.
Surrounded by a diverse range of students in terms of nationality and culture, weekly boarding can be an enriching experience that encourages tolerance, patience, cultural awareness and acceptance of others – as well as a great opportunity to make friends with people from School.
There’s fun to be had whilst boarding too, with regular activities, suppers and outings. Alongside the support and care provided by the House parents, students are also given the opportunity to learn practical skills such as cooking, cleanliness and organisation, with the expectation that their rooms will be tidy and well organised. These are great skills to acquire ahead of university, where independence and self-reliance is essential. Weekly boarders can expect to feel as much a part of the House as any other, with the opportunity to improve leadership skills and experience or provide mentoring.
For those interested, we are able to arrange and offer a taster session free of charge; this will allow students to experience the environment and meet the other boarders, as well as give parents the opportunity to ascertain how this arrangement would benefit them and their family. Please contact Richard Pineo at RPineo@woodbridgeschool.org.uk to discuss in more detail and make arrangements, or to make any other enquiries about boarding.