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Boarding2019-04-15T15:14:50+00:00

A home away from home in the Sussex countryside

We understand there’s no place like home, but at Windlesham, we’re proud to provide a sense of family and comfort for our boarders. Many of our day pupils go on to become boarders after witnessing their friends being free from long commutes or overhearing exciting tales of weekend antics…

Our sixty-five-acre estate is the perfect setting to provide a safe space for pupils to seek adventure and develop lifelong friendships after classes finish for the day. It is also an amazing location for weekend adventures, including trips to the coast and camping on the South Downs.

Developing friendships that last a lifetime

Bright, airy dormitories provide a comforting sanctuary for boarders, with boys and girls enjoying their own separate wing of the building. Personalising their area of the room is wholeheartedly encouraged and many pupils like to put up pictures of loved ones or their favourite band. Bedtime is a calming experience, with time for reading, keeping diaries updated with the day’s adventures and audio books.

We encourage the children to be respectful, kind and live tolerantly with their fellow boarders. Each year we are proud to wave pupils off at the end of their time at Windlesham knowing they are well-equipped both academically and socially to continue successfully into higher education.

Although most children who board at Windlesham happily settle into life in West Sussex very quickly, we promote regular contact with parents and family – as there is much to share! We encourage children to send a weekly letter home to parents, a school tradition which we know from first-hand reports are loved and treasured and there are telephones around the school which children can use at any time. Parents can also phone the boarding houses each evening to say goodnight to their child.

There are plenty of opportunities for parents to attend sporting events or musical recitals and we are able to recommend many exciting day trips within the local area should families wish to explore at weekends. We understand that children whose parents reside overseas have different needs and we work hard to ensure they have time set aside to Skype (working with time differences) as well as organising travel home when requested.

Weekends at Windlesham

Weekends are packed full of fun for the children.  They are kept busy with a variety of different activities and trips whilst we are mindful they also need downtime and rest!

A typical weekend at Windlesham following matches on Saturday afternoon consists of activities, eg baking, karaoke, swimming followed by supper and a film.  Sundays offer a relaxed breakfast/brunch (which parents are warmly invited to), a chapel service and options for a range of activities from nature walks on the downs, shopping trips to local towns, inflatable obstacle courses in the pool, textile and pottery making. We also plan several extra trips per year like ice-skating at The Natural History Museum, trips to watch rugby at Twickenham or cricket at The Oval along with trips to tourist attractions and theme parks.

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Boarding Options:

Full Boarding from Year 4 to 8

Children can board full-time from Year 4 to 8.  Full-boarding at Windlesham is Monday to Saturday or over the weekend (apart from exeats which we call long weekends).  Children can go home after matches on a Saturday and return either on a Sunday or Monday morning before lessons begin.

Junior Part-time boarding options from Year 3 to 6

Our Junior part-time boarding options are extremely family friendly, especially for dual working parents and those who travel frequently and also offer a more gradual transition for those children looking to move into full boarding in the future.

Junior part-time boarding is available, for a choice of either 2 or 3 weekday nights per week, to Years 3-6. Full-time boarding, of course, remains an option as well. Junior part-time boarders are recognised as part of the boarding community and therefore are expected to stay in with the full boarders for the Saturday and Sunday nights of the second All-In weekend each term (usually the last weekend of term).

Staffing:

Staffing in the boarding houses:  The Heads of Boarding run the two boarding houses and they are supported by deputies and an army of matrons.

Guardians:

All overseas boarders will need to have a guardian in the UK.  A guardian can be a friend or relative based in the UK whom we can contact in an emergency. We also provide a list of Guardian companies who can assist you if you need them.

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