Boarding for Years 7 to 11
The ethos and values of School House embody its aim to provide a second home to a family of boys who study away from home. High staffing ratios at School House, combined with the relatively low number of boarders, ensure that the boys who come to stay here receive a high level of personal attention. Staff strive to provide a homely environment with a caring, family-orientated atmosphere.
The accommodation for boys in younger years is in dormitories. This helps boarders to form solid friendships with their peers and a strong support group. Those students who have English as a second language benefit greatly from this style of living as they do not live in isolation from other students. Friendships made here have lasted for whole lifetimes.
“We are like a big family, we are like brothers… this is what makes School House different and special” – Year 10 Boarder
The dormitories are well-furnished with bright, modern fixtures and fittings. The dormitories are cleaned on a daily basis and are maintained to a high standard. The boys are encouraged to personalise their areas with their own posters etc, and can bring their own computers, televisions and other equipment from home.
“By the end of my first night I had made friends with everyone in my dorm”- Year 10 boarder
Homework is always supervised by members of staff and takes place in the school environment to encourage an atmosphere of focused academic personal study. Boys are encouraged to take homework seriously from a young age, laying the foundations for future study. In addition, extra tuition is available to all boys after school hours, to ensure that they are well-prepared for termly modular examinations and to try to ensure the best possible GCSE results. English, mathematics and science tuition groups are held regularly. Boys are encouraged to ask for additional support in other subjects wherever possible.
GCSE results are consistently good. Boarders’ success rates at GCSE are often higher than that of day students. After their GCSEs, most boarders stay on to study A levels at Ashby School which prepares them thoroughly for university and their life beyond.
All boys are urged to take responsibility for their own areas and equipment and are tasked to undertake one or two chores within School House which encourages them to learn respect for the household and to work as a team. Based very much on traditional family values, boys are encouraged to become more independent and to learn about responsibility.
“I have learnt independence, I have experienced so many different cultures …I have made lifelong friendships. I will never forget the memories that I have and I will still come back and visit my second home – School House” - Boarder for five years