Boarding Guide

Welcome to our School Boarding Department

Welcome to the Boarding Department. Boarders are accommodated in a purpose built building, towards the back of the school grounds, run by dedicated and caring staff. Hopefully you have had the chance to have a look round our boarding facilities, had a chance to talk to our residents and staff.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know, as a boarder.

We hope you find boarding life with us, a happy and enjoyably experience.

Kyle McLaughlin – Head of Care

Our Units

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Junior House, built in 1984 and is home to the Boarding Department

We have 7 units, which are run interdependently. These units are:

Birds Assessment Unit (For boys aged 7 – 11) This is an Assessment Unit,  where most younger Boarders are admitted to. On this unit, we will be able to assess your care needs and create a tailored Care Plan. Most children stay on the unit for 3 – 6 months, before being moved to another unit. The Birds Unit is on the ground floor of the building.

Jets Assessment Unit (For boys aged 11 – 14) This is an Assessment Unit,  where most older Boarders are admitted to. On this unit, we will be able to assess your care needs and create a tailored Care Plan. Most children stay on the unit for 3 – 6 months, before being moved to another unit. This unit has 14 beds. The Jets Unit is on the ground floor of the building.

Foxes Unit (For boys aged 7 – 11) Acorns is our Junior Boarding Unit for disabled boys. Boys are are usually admitted to this unit, either directly, or from the Birds Unit.  This unit has 5 beds. The Foxes Unit is on the first floor of the building.

Squirrels Unit (For boys aged 7 – 11) The Squirrels Unit is for our Junior Boarding Unit.  Boys are are usually admitted to this unit, either directly, or from the Birds Unit.  This unit has 10 beds.  The Squirrels Unit is on the first floor of the building.

Oaks Unit (For boys aged 7 – 11) The Oaks Unit is our Junior Boarding Unit. Boys are are usually admitted to this unit, either directly, or from the Birds Unit.  This unit has 10 beds. The Oaks Unit is on the second floor of the building.

Acorns Unit (For boys aged 11 – 16) The Acorns Unit is our Senior Boarding Unit for disabled boys. Boys are are usually admitted to this unit, either directly, or from the Birds Unit.  This unit has 5 beds. The Acorns Unit is on the second floor of the building.

Ash Unit (For boys aged 11 – 16) The Ash Unit is our Senior Boarding Unit. Boys normally move to this unit, from the Squirrels Unit. The Ash Unit is on the second floor of the building.

Each Unit has a large living room \ diner, with comfy chairs, a big TV, Sky, games consoles, computers, a pool table, books and toys. There is also a kitchen, where you can make a hot or cold drink or make a snack! On some evenings, we have a cooking activity, where you can make something nice for yourself or other boarders.

Bedrooms are either single, twin or triple, so you might have to share with another boarder.  Your bedroom will have chests of draws, either single beds or bunk beds. You will also have a desk, chair, chests of draws and space for your personal items. Many boys have put posters on their bedroom walls, which is allowed.

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Shared Room on the Birds Unit 

At either end of your unit, there are washrooms, with toilets and next to this, there is a bathroom and a shower room. Both these also have toilets too. On our Disabled Units, we do not have washrooms. Instead, there are 2 extra disabled toilets. The bathrooms on these units, have either a Parker Bath or a walk in bath.

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