Boarding

Boarding is very popular at Dean Close Prep, with about a third of all children living at the School in one of three large, bespoke, Regency houses.  The children come from a variety of backgrounds including Services families, expats, international pupils and some families from a more local area who value the benefits of independence and self-confidence that boarding brings.  A warm, family atmosphere means that every child feels happy and secure and we aim to create an open, trusting environment where each pupil feels able to approach any other member of the community, confident that he or she will be treated as an individual.  As a consequence, our children grow up with a respect for others and a sense of responsibility for themselves and for their environment.

What is it like to be a boarder? Find out as we follow a pupil for the day.

 

 

The principles of boarding

  • To develop the whole person, a desire for truth, a respect for others and each person's responsibility for him or herself, for others and for their environment.
  • To create an open, trusting Christian environment where each pupil feels able to approach any other member of the community, confident that he or she will be treated as an individual.
  • To enable boarders to develop their intellectual talents through well-structured work and preparation times, access to staff, participation in activities and an encouraging atmosphere.
  • To provide access to activities, hobbies and opportunities that help in each child's personal, social, spiritual and cultural development.
  • To develop qualities of leadership and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • To provide opportunities for boarders to share good experiences with adults, as well as advice, counselling and support in time of difficulty.
  • To maintain close links with boarders' families.