Boarding lies at the heart of our school, building a unique sense of community. The boarding houses play a key role in developing the school's strong sense of family values, encouraging our children to harmoniously live and work together, build friendships and develop their independence
Boarders at the prep school are blessed by their natural surroundings, and our boarders take full advantage of them - with walks, navigation exercises and shelter-building. There is nothing better to help clear the head. We also enjoy a range of activity with everything from fives to clay pigeon shooting and kayaking to climbing. To exercise boarders’ minds, a series of house lectures are offered. To date, we have enjoyed talks by Alastair Hignell (Rugby International, Cricketer and former-BBC Rugby Commentator); Mike Hurst (‘The Springfields’ and Music Producer) and Lord Butler of Brockwell to name but a few.
House Parents and staff are on hand around the clock, providing a happy home like environment for our boarders. All of our Houseparents have their own families and this helps to contribute to the family feel of our boarding community.
All of our children genuinely flourish in our beautiful surroundings and they are offered the attention, care and guidance that will allow them to develop as young people. It is no coincidence that our House boards boast the names of numerous scholars and internationally recognised sportsmen and musicians.
We offer a range of different types of boarding in both the girls’ and boys’ houses, including full, weekly, home and away (where children go home at weekends and on Wednesday evenings after sports matches) and flexi boarding (where children stay for between one and three nights / week).
Statement of Boarding Principles and Practice
Boarding at Sedbergh Preparatory School is based on the principle that the House should act as an extension of the child’s family. The Houses have a warm and welcoming atmosphere which provides a happy and structured environment for boarders. The behaviour of both children and staff is based upon kindness, tolerance and respect.
Boarding gives children a chance to make even greater use of the School’s extensive facilities and beautiful location. A busy and fun-filled activity programme throughout the whole week gives boarders time to enjoy each other’s company and build relationships that will stand the test of time.
I love boarding, I enjoy the way it works. It feels like my second home because of all the facilities we have in house. We have a great kitchen, with a great Matron that makes the best cakes! We have two large common rooms, which I love chilling in with my friends in the evening. We do so many evening activities and we also get free time after that to relax so you get the best of both worlds really.
Arthur, Year 8.
What can I say about Boarding? Well we are just one big family! It is just like living at home but with your friends, and it is far more exciting!
Emilia, Year 8.
It’s great sharing a bedroom with friends and I love that they are in my year, so we have a lot in common. It really is like a big sleepover with all your best friends, but I get to live with them every day. We have busy timetables in the evening as well as during the day so I am never bored.
Max, Year 7.