Full boarding offers the supportive environment in which British and International boarders can live together in a supportive community. The boarders live in the manor house and enjoy the surroundings of the beautiful site of Embley Park. The weekend provision allows the pupils to relax after a busy week of study and offers an activity programme to engage them in cultural, fun and exciting activities, trips and events.
Weekly boarding operates from Monday morning through to Friday afternoon and allows pupils the benefit of being in school during the week and at home at the weekends; the best of both worlds. Weekly boarders have a designated area in one of the dorms, usually with a full boarder and can enjoy all the benefits of full boarding for the week nights only.
Flexi Boarding offers assistance for busy working families who may benefit from the convenience of occasional boarding. Parents don't need to book a regular boarding slot and can call school in the morning to book a place for their child. Flexi boarding offers pupils the chance to board in a home from home atmosphere and dedicate time usually taken with travelling to and from school, to important study.
Boarders Daily Routine
- Boarders return to the boarding house from 4.00pm for a drink and a snack
- Partake in the HCS School Enrichment Programme unit 5pm
- Enjoy the Boarding House Social Time from 5.00pm - 6.00pm
- Dine at 6.00pm (two course supper) for all Pupils and Boarding Staff
- House meeting and registration is at 6.30pm
- Supervised Prep 7.00pm-8.00pm with no distractions in the library study area
- House activities and Socials from 8.00pm-9.00pm
- Lights out from 9.30pm (age dependent)
- Full cooked breakfast served from 8.00am in Atherley Hall
- Back to school for 8.35am registration and the start of a new day
On Fridays, the weekly boarders are free to leave after school. Most return on Sunday evenings, whilst some choose to return on Monday mornings.
Following supervised prep on Saturday mornings, our aim is to provide a mixture of relaxation time and enjoyable activities, to contrast with the busy and structured weekly routine. Board games, tennis or operating the House's remote-controlled cars are some examples, but it is all quite relaxed, informal and flexible - aiming, where possible, to fit around individual needs and preferences. A programme of trips and events on Saturdays and Sundays provides a balance of cultural and fun activities.
After a full and busy week, it is important that the boarders should enjoy some rest and relaxation, although we always endeavour to offer opportunities for them to get out and about on organised excursions. Paint-balling, attending Premiership Rugby matches, bowling, ice skating and trips each month to new releases at the cinema, are organised as well as visits to places of historical or cultural interest (eg Stonehenge, Bath, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Oxford). Added to this, Christmas shopping in London and the Thorpe Park rides are popular destinations for trips each year. These are just some examples of the weekend activities on offer; suggestions for trips made by the boarders are also welcomed and accommodated (within reason!). Also, excursions to a local town for shopping and enjoying a coffee are arranged every weekend.
Boarders are sometimes invited out by day students and their families at weekends. With parental approval, this is encouraged, since it helps to maintain the excellent interaction that exists between day pupils and boarders and provides the overseas students with an experience of a family life in England.