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Boarding Life

St John’s is a very special place – it is a warm, caring and inclusive community that provides a unique experience for our pupils.  Our approach to boarding is innovative, modern and dynamic and is designed both to cultivate a deep sense of community and belonging whilst also offering the flexibility which suits modern family life.  Our intention is to allow families to create the ‘best of both worlds’ solution which fits with their particular needs and offers the ideal balance between school and home.

Why choose to board?

Boarders can do things that simply are not possible at home. With the availability of excellent facilities and almost constant access to staff, but without a daily commute, boarders can get more done; their days are longer and their weeks are broader.

Boarding allows pupils to develop their strengths and their sense of independence within a supportive community. Boarders at St John’s grow in confidence as they take responsibility for the decisions they make independent of their parents. They live in a close community and it helps them understand that their actions affect others. The experience brings social interaction and the chance to share conversations, thoughts and hopes. Shared experiences and time to be together allows for relationships to grow and develop.

What are the boarding options?

A number of boarding options are available including ad hoc, regular-flexi (one or two nights per week) and weekly boarding. This range allows pupils and parents to experience the additional opportunities and benefits provided by boarding, while still being able to follow interests outside of the School sphere and, most importantly, spend quality time at home with family and friends.

What age groups can board?

All age groups at St John’s can board.  For September 2018 we created a new Lower School Boarding Zone which adds a new dimension to the opportunities we can offer our youngest pupils.  Lower School pupils can board on an ad hoc, flexi or weekly (Monday to Thursday) basis, while older pupils can board on an ad hoc, flexi or weekly (Sunday evening to Thursday) basis.

An example evening boarding routine: Lower School boarders

Timings

Focus

Example Activity

4.30-5.15pm

Academic Enrichment

Prep Club

5.20-6.00pm

Physical activity/health and fitness

Multisport: e.g. Badminton (Sports Hall)

6.00-6.45pm

Community

Supper in the Dining Hall with all boarders

6.45-7.15pm

Community/downtime

Unstructured social time

7.15-8.15pm

Academic enrichment

Critical Thinking: e.g. Think Aloud - small group activity

8.15-9.00pm

Downtime

Relaxation/mindfulness followed by quiet reading/reflection

9.00-9.30pm

Quality rest – wellbeing

Bedtime (electronic devices handed in at least 1hr before bedtime)

 

An example evening boarding routine: Senior School boarders

Timings

Year Groups

Focus

Example Activity

5.15pm

Years 9-13

Organisation

Boarding Registration

5.15-6.00pm

Years 9-13

Community/downtime

Unstructured social time/Town leave

6.00-6.55pm

Years 9-13

Community

Supper in the Dining Hall for all boarders

7.00-8.15pm

Years 9-13

Academic enrichment

Prep/Homework  Time

8.15-8.25pm

Years 9-13

Wellbeing

Snack Time

8.25-9.15pm

Years 9 and 10

Community + Physical Activity/health and fitness

House visiting/year group activities

Multisport: e.g. football (Sports Hall)

Use of gym/fitness suite

Years 11-13

Academic enrichment

Academic reflection and extension: reading/research/consolidation of learning

9.15-10.00pm

Years 9 and 10

Downtime

Relaxation/mindfulness followed by quiet reading/reflection

Years 11-13

Community + Physical Activity/health and fitness

House visiting/year group activities

Multisport: e.g. football (Sports Hall)

Use of gym/fitness suite

9.45-10.45pm

Years 9-13

Quality rest – wellbeing

Staggered bedtime routine