Welcome to boarding at Hatherop Castle. Boarding plays a key role in developing the school’s strong sense of family values, encouraging children to live and work together harmoniously, build friendships and develop their independence. All the children flourish in comfortable surroundings where they are offered the attention, care and guidance they need.
The boarding house, named after Lord De Mauley who restored the Castle after a fire in 1850, lies within the heart of Hatherop Castle School. This helps to build a unique sense of community and ensures children receive the very best start in life.
There are so many benefits to boarding: developing independence, confidence, emotional intelligence, a sense of community and deeper level of friendships, better academic support and preparation for senior schools. Above all it’s fun!
Our Boarding Philosophy
- Boarders should live in an environment that is happy with a good family and community spirit in which they can have fun.
- It should be caring, safe, disciplined and positive.
- The children should have sufficient privacy for themselves.
- It should be home-from-home – a place where each child is known and cared for as an individual.
- Every boarder should have someone who will be their advocate or champion, like a day pupil’s parent if required.
There are five ways to for your child to access these benefits at Hatherop.
Boarders spend the entire term with us, visiting guardians or relatives during half-term. At weekends they have a busy and exciting programme of activities.
Many of our parents find that weekly boarding suits them best. Boarders arrive on either Sunday evening or Monday morning, and return home on Friday evening or Saturday lunchtime.
Boarders stay with us on the same nights each week, booked in advance.
Boarders stay with us when they want to, or when their parents need to make use of this facility, often at the last minute.
Mr & Mrs Nish are the Houseparents and live at one end of de Mauley House. Mr Nish is Head of Maths and teaches Games and Mrs Nish is a Prep 3 teacher.
The Headmaster and his two boys, Oscar and Albie (and Olive the dog) also live in the Castle and are fully involved with boarders. Also living in the house are two Gap students who spend a lot of time in the house helping all the boarders.
If you have any questions or queries regarding boarding please do not hesitate to contact Mr or Mrs Nish, you can email them on on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 01285 750206
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Boarding should be fun and our aim is to help the children make happy lifelong memories as part of their Adventure of Childhood.