Optional flexi, weekly or full 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 already been so much demand for boarding that a lovely flat decked out with bunting and teddies has been converted into a dorm to accommodate a handful of newbies.
Some weekends are quieter than others (no bad thing after a hectic week) but expect trips to play laser tag, murder mystery and pizza nights. Escape from Colditz is a firm favourite, with pupils and staff attempting to make it from one side of the school grounds to the other without being spotted by the ‘guards’. Mr Inglis was keen to mention that he has his route for this year already planned, having been ignominiously captured in last year’s attempt.
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