There are currently 75 full boarders, with 110 boarding a week when the flexi boarders are totted up. Around a third are international, mainly from Spain, China, Nigeria and Turkey. The three boarding houses are divided by year groups – Highlands for Years 3 to 5, and Walker and Turner for Years 6 to 8. Individual needs are catered for – say, if a child needs to sleep with a light on or in complete darkness. The girls muck in changing their own bedding and helping with the laundry. Mobile phones aren’t allowed in the boarding houses or on site at all. Day pupils who use them to commute hand them in when they arrive. In the boarding houses, old-fashioned communal phones are available to call home.
Don’t panic! We have more than ten years’ experience of visiting schools and advising parents, and we are all parents ourselves – we can make this easier for you.