Living on Campus
Our boarding accommodation is the best in the whole of the UK and Europe - no-one else even comes close.
Every boarding bedroom is provided with a direct-dial phone and voice mail, timer controlled plasma 32 inch TV / DVD complete with Sony Play Station, mini-kitchen with fridge, a hair dryer, iron and board, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and fan.
All bedrooms are air-conditioned and have their own individual private en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. Sixth form students share top of the range apartments -3 seat leather settee, 55 inch LED TV and their own washer / dryer, printer / scanner / copier and Tassimo Coffee Machine.
We understand and are responsive to the need for our school to be a happy and co-operative environment, in order to meet high academic aims. Our campus provides a wonderful base on which our pupils can build a thriving and fulfilling school life. All staff have a great deal of experience and common sense, providing the warm and supportive atmosphere which has meant more and more pupils choose to live on campus.
There are cosy kitchen / common rooms with satellite TV / DVD and music centres. The freedom to go out at weekends is an important part of life. Weekend shopping in Harrogate or York is always popular. On Sundays all manner of places can be visited: theme parks, historic sites, exhibition centres, ice rinks, tourist attractions, cinemas, theatres, concert halls - the list is endless.
Why is our boarding so popular?...
Girls and boys living with us do very well. They often out perform day students in both the classroom and on the sports field. They don’t spend hours each day traveling back and forth. Everything they could want is close to hand. Need to look something up for homework on the internet? No problem, we have masses of computers and of course our internet software protects them from the inappropriate web sites.
All our staff have a great deal of experience and common sense, providing the warm and supportive atmosphere which has meant, each year, more and more girls and boys have chosen to live on campus. Someone being silly or inconsiderate - no problem - quickly sorted, no messing, lots of common sense applied. Firm but fair - works just about every time.
From getting everyone up, ensuring everyone is smartly dressed for the Collegiate and has everything for the day, to listening to what they did when school is over, to ensuring those that have a problem get the help they need, to cajoling someone to keep their room reasonably tidy, to finding the time for a smile or a joke, to reminding them that this or that needs doing - our house parents are chosen for their patience, good humour, energy, experience and common sense.
A close link is maintained between home and the Collegiate. May be we can email you photographs, if you live abroad for example, of your child performing in a play, or on the sports field. We believe a high level of care is of paramount importance and many parents like our attention to detail to ensure the campus is ‘safe’.
There are kitchen lounges with remote control 200-channel satellite TV/video and music centre. We go to great lengths to make everything very homely. Far from missing out, girls and boys living at the Collegiate usually have more fun than day students. Why? Because every weekend there are activities, visits, the ability to go out, the cinema, ice skating, trips, tourist attractions, theme parks - the list, and choice, is endless. Have a go on a Segway - What did it cost parents? - Nothing.
There are all manner of facilities and resources available for all the different age ranges. We have outside leisure facilities near each boarding house including table tennis, basket ball, 5-a-side football and barbecues in addition to the numerous other items of play equipment. Our own fleet of mini-buses and drivers are on hand whenever we want. Then there is always “Muggles” - pretty awesome - try finding the likes of that at another boarding school.
Many a parent jokes they want to come to QE to board themselves!
Our first-class medical centre has comfortable beds and cheerful decor. Fully qualified nurses are on hand to deal with medical problems. All boarding houses are protected by coded door locks and have outside phone contact systems for visitors. During all those long winter nights our whole campus is well lit all through the night with closed circuit television overlay and all our entrances and exits are automatically security controlled. We have four full time security staff providing 24/7 cover.
Weekly boarding is full boarding during the week, with the same qualities and opportunities, except that every weekend girls and boys go home whether on a Friday evening or after academic and sporting commitments on a Saturday.
Some families choose weekly boarding because both parents have demanding careers. They realise that time is stretched during the week and that they might not have enough to help with homework and prep. Instead they want to prioritise time with their child at the weekend, to catch up as a family and pursue activities together.
Others choose this option because of the nature of daily journeys to and from school and possible out of school activities mean that parents spend a lot of time in the car. For them weekly boarding might be a better way to manage their economy and time.
About 20% of our senior boarders choose weekly boarding
The newest form of boarding is flexi-boarding, where girls and boys may opt for boarding on an ad hoc basis. Flexi-boarding enables parents to be away overnight, secure in the knowledge that their child is in a safe and caring environment in which they can continue their academic and extra-curricular activities. It is strictly subject to availability and parents are advised to book it as early in advance as possible.
As some of our staff have either served in the Armed Forces themselves or have relatives who do so we are in a good position to know the things that concern our Forces' families. Having a Principal who understands the pressures surrounding children who may have had to move a lot during their early years, who are concerned about their mum or dad's whereabouts and keeping in touch helps tremendously to helping our Service children settle and relax.
All boarding rooms have...
- Direct dial telephone
- Voice Mail
- Drawer Space
- TV/DVD/Freeview (On a timer)
- Net Curtain
- TV plays CDs and gaming port
- Fitted Carpet
- Heated towel rail
- Hot drinks facility
- Wall clock
- Ironing facilities
- Large area for posters
- Study Area
- Clothes hanging
- Comfortable Italian beds
- Fire detector
- Auto fire door
- Air conditioning
- Sun Blinds
- Window safety stays
- En-suite toilet & shower
- Table lamp
- Hair drier
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Jandrell through our Contact Form,
by e-mail email@example.com
or telephone +44 (0) 1423 33 33 30..