Westonbirt offers the flexibility of full boarding, flexi-boarding and day school options.
Day pupils may stay one night a week free of charge (subject to availability) and on additional nights for a small extra cost. Day students are fully integrated into the boarding life of the school as all Houses are made up of full boarders, flexi-boarders and day students. There is no division between pupils and day, flexi and full boarders all mix throughout their time at Westonbirt. Many day students choose to stay on a regular basis although they may not be full boarders. Also some of our full boarders live very close to the school, even in Tetbury!
Flexi-boarding is offered for up to 3 nights a week giving the benefit of girls being able to concentrate on their studies at school during the week and complete their prep whilst also enabling them to be with their peers throughout the week. Students then return home for the weekends.
For full boarders, evenings and weekends are bursting with activities. Flexi boarders and day pupils may also join in these activities if they choose. Regular exeat weekends enable boarders to also go home and spend time with their family and friends.
There are different boarding houses at Westonbirt depending on the age of the student. All year 7 and 8 pupils board in our junior boarding house which is called Beaufort. Here students bond as the lower school year groups and form friendships which will last their entire school career and beyond.
Day pupils and boarders all have their own space in house where they can bring in their own bedding and posters, creating a homely and welcoming atmosphere.
There is never a dull moment with activities every evening and throughout the weekends, from board games, baking and craft projects to sports and adventures in the gardens and grounds.
Every student is enveloped into the house environment where they learn together how to live and work with each other, and the importance of trust and empathy in a caring and supportive environment. Beaufort House is a stepping stone between the security of prep school and the excitement and anticipation of senior school.
Each student is supported and nurtured through the transition, so when they leave Beaufort at the end of the Summer term they are fully equipped with the necessary skills to move on to their next house and into the next stage of their school lives.
Miss Catriona Crowley and her trusty sidekick Hosta the dog moved in to Beaufort House in September 2013 to take on the role of Housemistress. She has a background in Art and Design (specialising in metalwork and jewellery) and teaches Art at our prep school. She has worked in boarding for many years and is fully involved in the wider school life, helping with Learning Support, the Art department and organising activities and trips. Miss Crowley was a passionate Lacrosse player and has delighted in picking up her stick again to teach at Westonbirt.
Badminton House is run by Mrs Sally Price, who lives in the house with her husband Mr Sean Price, Headmaster of Westonbirt Prep, and their young son who attends Westonbirt Prep. Mrs Price is also a teacher of English within Westonbirt School. Badminton House is home to girls from year 9 to year 11 and provides a safe and happy environment in which to learn and grow. Assistant Housemistress, Miss Sasha Warne helps with the day-to-day running of the house and offers support and guidance to all of the girls.
Miss Sally Gould runs Dorchester House and has lived at Westonbirt for many years with her spaniel Merlot. Sally is always on hand to offer advice and guidance to the girls and can always be contacted at any time. Sally is very involved in all aspects of school life including the events programme at school which runs throughout the year. Sally is ably assisted by Miss Walter who is always on hand to offer support to our students.
Our Sixth Form have their own separate boarding house which is run by Westonbirt Head of Boarding Mrs Lisa Bradbury. Mrs Bradbury lives on site with her husband Mark and their daughter Ruby who attends Westonbirt Prep school, Mrs Bradbury is assisted by both Miss Shaw and Miss Webster both of whom are also teachers of Drama and Geography respectively. The Sixth Form students each have their own private study bedroom within the house and also have access to Sixth Form only communal areas including a sitting room, kitchen, study hub and bathroom areas and facilities. There is also a patio area and of course access during free time to our fully equipped leisure centre and pool.
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