Matthew Burns

Sedbergh opens for pre-term accommodation

Due to uncertainty regarding quarantine arrangements and availability of flights, Sedbergh has taken the decision to open the School earlier than usual to welcome its international pupils back. 

Two boarding houses, one boys’ house and one girls’ house, reopened on 17th August to facilitate an extend period of arrivals, with the highest level of supervision in place. Pupils will be able to spend time getting to know the School and their peers whilst also having their health monitored. 

Pupils are enjoying a range of activities within the School’s closed campus, making the most of the space on offer. As well as providing a fun and enjoyable experience, the safety of pupils and staff is the School’s prime concern. Housemaster of Hart House (one of the boys’ boarding houses), Mr Matt McVoy, highlighted the importance of this, saying, “Safety of our pupils, staff, families and the local community are right at the top of our priorities and it’s such a good feeling to have the atmosphere of a working boarding house back in play.” 

Housemistress of Carus House (one of the girls’ boarding houses), Mrs Tracey Gunning, is delighted to have pupils back in school. 
It is fantastic to have girls back in the house again after being silent since March. This week we have had the opportunity for a diverse array of activities all based around the grounds of our house” explained Mrs Gunning. 

Mr Dan Harrison, Headmaster, is equally as pleased to have pupils back on campus for the first time in six months.  
I am delighted by how we have accommodated some of our international pupils in our two pre-term houses. The pupils have been following all the protocols and have adapted well and they are very happy to be back in School, with smiles on their faces.” Said Mr Harrison. 

As Sedbergh School looks forward to welcoming the rest of its pupils back at the start of term, it has also introduced new whole school measures to ensure the safety and welfare of its pupils, staff and wider community. These can be found outlined in the new Safe at Sedbergh document, which is accessible via www.sedberghschool.org 

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