I am delighted to say that boarding numbers are up at Hatherop. Our numbers in weekly, full and flexi boarding this term, even without the usual seasonal influx of international boarders are up. We quite simply have never been busier!
We have worked hard to make the De Mauley house as safe as possible following the BSA’s ongoing and ever changing advice, and parents clearly are reassured with all the procedures we have put in place.
As parents and schools work hard to keep life as normal as possible for the children, many of our regulars have returned, with such enthusiasm to board. Our families are keen to ensure their children are able to experience the sense of camaraderie, community and fun that they missed so sorely during the first lockdown.
It hasn’t come as a shock that the children have missed the simple things; hanging out with friends, tuck shop, running around on the astro turf and the host of boarding activities. All which are driving factors behind our sustained popularity.
With weekend activities such as forest school, den building, treasure hunts, hide and seek in the castle, pizza making, graffiti art and not to mention Mr and Mrs Nish’s real life Cluedo (where I understand Mr Bond was behind the murder of the Headmaster!) There is still so much going on. As ever our motto of ‘boarders have more fun!’ rings true. Many parents have also realised that the teacher-led prep sessions still give boarders an academic advantage after so many months of the monotony of on-line learning.
The long and short of it is, we are here and up and running to as normal a schedule as possible, so do come and join the fun. Places are genuinely limited!
Mr Holmes, Head of Boarding