MARTHA HOUSE (GIRLS, YEARS 3 TO 8)
Martha House is a vibrant, welcoming and safe place for boarders from Years 3 to 8. Mrs Lee Bruller is the Martha Houseparent and she lives in the House to give the boarders the care, attention and support they need.
The house is a fun and lively place and all boarders are encouraged to involve themselves fully in the life of the School and the large variety of activities that are on offer. With dog walks, hide and seek, movie nights, bikes and go karts the boarders in Martha House have little time to get bored and each boarder is encouraged to involve themselves as much as they want and need to.
Weekends provide the opportunity to venture outside of school and enjoy trips to the coast or local attractions. Important ‘down time’ is also encouraged and a Martha House favourite are the regular ‘sleepy Sundays’ which offer the pupils a much needed lie in and relaxed breakfast in house. Birthdays and special events are eagerly anticipated and celebrated.
When we asked members of Martha House what was best about being a boarder they said ‘to help others, be kind, learn how to share, how to get along with different people and how to be a little more organised!’
CECILIA HOUSE (GIRLS, YEARS 9 TO 11)
Cecilia House is run by two Houseparents, Mrs Bruller and Mrs Worrall. This is to recognise that both new and existing boarders may benefit from a little more support in the transitional Year 9 before starting their journey into the important exam years ahead.
Boarders in Years 9 and 10 board in colourful and spacious dorms of four or five in the main school building. Each boarder has their own cabin bed with incorporated study space and a well-equipped common room for relaxation. Year 11 boarders move into a separate wing and have single or double rooms to recognise their changing needs and greater levels of independence, preparing them for Sixth Form.
As senior pupils all Cecilia House boarders are encouraged to get involved in the life of the school. These years are important both academically and for emotional and social development – it is a time for boarders to enjoy exploring their interests; following their enthusiasms, and learning to co-operate with each other as they become more independent. Boarders and staff in Cecilia House meet regularly at house meetings and at a variety of informal occasions to communicate, co-operate and socialise.
ELEANOR HOUSE (GIRLS, YEARS 12 AND 13)
Sixth Form boarders at Leweston live on South Wing in Eleanor House. All full boarders have their own individual study bedrooms and the use of two Common Rooms. Boarders have access to a laundry room where they can take control of their own washing and the common room kitchens which are available for use at weekends. These are some ways that boarders can develop their own independent living skills as they prepare to move on to life at university and the world beyond school.
Boarders in Years 12 and 13 enjoy both the company and support of their peers on the Senior wing but are also very involved in the wider boarding community. As Sixth Formers they are role models for the younger boarders and take on responsibility for organising social and charitable events and community duty rotas.
Boarders in Eleanor also have increased freedom over their free time and opportunities to go out of school at the end of the day and at weekends as well as invite guests into the house social areas.
ANTONY HOUSE (BOYS, YEARS 7 TO 18)
As part of Leweston’s move to co-education, boy boarders are being welcomed this September. Boarding is available in Years 7, 8 and 12 with Year 9 joining them in 2019.
An existing area of boarding, known as ‘North Wing Mezz’ has been converted into Antony House with a mix of single study bedrooms and flexible dormitories. The area has its own access and residential staff supervision.