Leweston has welcomed boarders since the school’s foundation in 1891 and boarding is an integral part of life here.
We have a range of different options that allow pupils and their families to find a style of boarding that works well for them, be it full, weekly or flexi. Boarding can be a simple, and invaluable option, for busy parents enabling the entire family to escape the pressure of trying to ‘fit it all in’. The flexible model at Leweston and lack of Saturday school also allows boarders to continue to spend time with their families.
Boarding allows pupils to develop independence in a secure environment; to take responsibility for themselves, their learning and others, and to take full advantage of the wide range of activities and facilities Leweston has to offer. Children enjoy the academic week, after-school clubs, sport and weekend activities and trips.
Leweston has four boarding houses: Martha (Girls Years 4 to 8), Cecilia (Girls Years 9 and 10), Eleanor (Girls Years 11 to 13) and Antony (Boys Years 4 to 13). Each House has its own Houseparent who plays a crucial role in the pastoral care of their students. Our aim is to create a relaxed, family atmosphere where boarders feel happy, secure and comfortable. Unlike many boarding schools the Houses are part of the main school buildings, this creates a home from home atmosphere where academic, daily life happens downstairs and boarding, family life upstairs. It also ensures that day and boarding pupils are fully integrated as they spend whole school day together.
A TYPICAL DAY
|7.00||Rise and shine|
|7.30||Breakfast in the Dining Hall|
|4.20||School day ends with tea in the Dining Hall|
|7.15||Weekly House meetings (different days for different Houses)|
|7.30||Second activity or supervised Prep|
|20.00||Free time until lights out|
At the end of the school day, there are activities and prep. After supper, each House comes together in a Common Room for a House Roundup to find out how everyone is, how the day was and to pass on messages. Older years have a second activity or supervised prep session after the House meeting after which is time to relax and talk to family and friends before bed.
All boarders have a set bedtime, and must be in their dorms fifteen minutes before, settling down for the night. After lights out everyone must be quiet in the dorm or in their rooms and settle down to sleep.
Boarders go to bed at different times, depending on their year group.
- Year 5 and 6: Technology handed in at 8.30pm, bedtime 9.00pm
- Year 7 and 8: Technology handed in at 8.30pm, bedtime 9.00pm
- Year 9: Technology handed in at 9.00pm, bedtime 9.30pm
- Year 10 and 11: Technology handed in 9.30, bedtime 10.00pm
- Sixth Form: in bedroom by 10.00pm, lights out 11.30pm at the latest
Weekends have a more relaxed format, with pupils enjoying breakfast later in the morning. For Years 7 and 8 there is a prep session on Saturday morning followed by a teacher-led activity. Prep boarders spend this time in House. The afternoons many pupils take part in sports matches but there is always a planned activity, usually a trip. There will also be the opportunity to relax, tidy up and get ready for the next week, as well as make the most of the beautiful grounds (the bikes and go-karts are very popular on a sunny Sunday afternoon.)
In the evening, there might be a cinema trip, or bowling, or a relaxing night in watching DVDs and eating popcorn. For the older years there are organised socials, often with other schools which many of the day pupils join them for.