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.
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Monday to Friday boarders are woken up at 7.00am and breakfast is served in the Dining Hall at 7.30am. Boarders return to their rooms to gather all they need for the school day, then leave the Houses for registration at 8.20am. They do not return to boarding until the end of the school day. The exception to this are Sixth Form who can use their study bedrooms for private study from Period 2 onwards.
At the end of the school day boarders can return to House. There are activities and prep for all pupils and the school buses depart at 6.00pm Monday to Thursday. 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. There is then time to relax and talk to family and friends before bed.
All boarders have a set bedtime, and must be in their rooms 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. Bedtimes depend on year group.
- Year 4, 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 are more relaxed 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. In 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 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 which many of the day pupils join.