Boarding is one of the great strengths of Edge Grove and is very much at the heart of the school.

Our aim for boarding is to create for each boarder a caring extended family environment where they feel safe and valued in a homely and supportive atmosphere.

The ethos of the school is one of inclusion and support for boarders: they are housed in the original building of the school in dormitories organised by age. The Headmaster and his family live in the main building as do the Housemaster, Housemistress and the Gap students, and they all ensure the smooth running of the boarding community.

We offer a flexible boarding experience for children from Year 3 (age 7) and pupils have the opportunity to gradually ‘build up’ their boarding experience over time. We offer flexi and weekly boarding at Edge Grove (there is no boarding available from Saturday morning until Sunday evening). Many parents work away from home and have term-time commitments which make boarding a safe and stable option, allowing parents to be confident that their children are being well cared for. Similarly, some families live quite far from school and boarding can reduce travel time for the whole family, allowing children to make the most of their time at school.

It is widely accepted that boarding supports the development of life skills and independence, as well as giving children the opportunity to try a range of activities and supporting academic study. Perhaps most importantly for the children, boarding often leads to the development of strong, life-long friendships.

Boarding at Edge Grove is designed to be enjoyable, caring, supportive and nurturing. We want all pupils who stay in the boarding house, whether it’s for a boarding taster night or as a weekly boarder, to love their time here and to leave with fond memories.

Aims of Boarding at Edge Grove:

  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of each boarder by providing:
  • A safe, clean, comfortable, homely environment
  • A healthy lifestyle through personal hygiene management, controlled diet, exercise and medical care
  • A supporting and trusting ethos encouraging self-confidence and forgiveness based on a strong moral framework
  • Emotional support and spiritual guidance
  • To develop each boarder’s ability to respond positively to responsibility.
  • To increase each boarder’s level of independence.To promote honesty and integrity in all matters.
  • To develop skills of social integration, tolerance and open-mindedness.