The front-page news here at Elstree is the move away from full boarding – and from September, a new weekly and flexi boarding model will see pupils scooting off home after Saturday matches and returning on Monday morning. Boarding kicks in from Year 4 up, but everyone is heartily encouraged to give it a go in their final two years. There’s a real sense of ‘coming home’ each evening; all the beds are up in the main house (along with the dining room and library), while everything schooly happens elsewhere on the site.
The boys’ dorms are large rooms with cosy beds and colourful posters on the walls – nothing too slick or flash (everyone wants to be in Nelson because of the spectacularly ornate ceiling – ask for a sneak peek). As for the girls, there has been so much demand for boarding that an entire dormitory has been beautifully refurbished and decked out with bunting and teddies galore.
Does the school have any notable alumni?
Absolutely! As previously mentioned, James Blunt has had huge success as a singer-songwriter. Sebastian Faulks, novelist, is also a former pupil of the school.
When was Elstree School founded?
Elstree School was founded in 1848. At the end of World War 2, Woolhampton House became Elstree’s permanent home, where the school remains today.
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