LIFE AS A BOARDER
If your son is likely to board in future, boarding at Woodcote is an invaluable preparation. About 75% of our pupils are boarders, and we work hard to ensure that boarding is a secure, positive and rewarding experience for each child. Boys can begin boarding at any age from 7 to 13, and prospective boarders are encouraged to spend a night or two at Woodcote before they start.
Housed in the main building, our small dormitories are cheerful and cosy. Bright sea-blue walls, primary-coloured duvets, superhero posters and striped curtains create a relaxed, home-from-home feel. Bedtimes range from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, depending on age. Our Head of Pastoral Care and her team of four Matrons look after the boys in the evenings and sleep within easy reach of the dormitories.
Boys can use a landline and Skype in the evenings to call their parents, and they also write a proper letter home each week. With Open and Exeat weekends throughout each term, our boarders can also spend plenty of time at home with their families.Boarders have the option of going home after matches for the rest of the weekend.
Weekends provide a healthy balance of planned activities and free time. Our popular Friday night entertainment programme includes visiting speakers. Saturday morning school (8.20am to 12:30pm) is usually followed by matches against other schools. All parents are welcome to attend Chapel on most Saturday mornings (followed by a glass of wine and lunch) before supporting matches.
On Sundays, the boys enjoy outings such as sailing, dry-slope skiing, paintballing, climbing, cinema trips and mackerel fishing.
All Year 8 boys spend a term living in Dominies, our house in the school grounds, to give them a taste of teenage life in a boarding house at public school. Here boys live with houseparents and are given greater responsibility for their belongings and clothes. They also enjoy special privileges including the opportunity to have barbecues, cook Sunday breakfast and watch Sky Sports.