Full, weekly and flexi boarding are all popular at Bilton Grange, and boarding life is fun, with children able to take their first steps towards independence in warm, homely boarding houses staffed by our amazing team of matrons, house mothers and our Assistant Head, Boarding.
We have one boys’ house and one girls’ house, and both houses have undergone extensive refurbishment, with dorms being redecorated (in consultation with the children) to reflect that these truly are homes from home.
In advance of them joining, we invite children who are going to be boarding at BG to have one or two nights with us in the boarding house, as well as a full day at school. We recognise that it can be a big step for families and children, and a taster often helps alleviate little worries and concerns about what staying at BG might be like. We also provide a ‘guide to boarding’ which answers both parents’ and children’s questions.
Working in partnership with parents, staff create a nurturing environment where children away from home for the first time can feel comfortable, safe and secure, whether they are staying for an occasional night a week or full boarding.
A full programme of evening and weekend activities means that learning to board in preparation for senior school, is accessible and enjoyable. Special events including discos and candlelit formal dinners help to make boarding a truly special experience, creating memories and friendships to last a lifetime.
Lucia: ‘I love living at Bilton Grange. I love weekends, because we do very fun things that I never have time to do at home. I talk to my parents 3 or 4 times a week, and I can email them and Skype them.’
Scarlett: ‘Life in the boarding house is great fun. I love the fact that there’s always something to do. There a weekly options, apart form on Wednesdays which is tuck shop day and there is a huge variety from horse-riding to art. I love doing hockey and DT. This makes life more energetic. At the weekends there’s always a great activity like ice-skating or Christmas shopping.’