Welcome to the boarding area of the Kingsley School website. I hope that you find the information a useful taster although, of course, there is no better way to find out about us than coming to visit.
We run boarding for boys and girls from Year 5, in three specialist houses on the school campus. Belvoir House, just a short walk from the main school building, is the girls’ boarding house and is surrounded by sports fields, with views over the woods. Carisbrooke and Longfield are home to the boys and are located beside each other. Longfield is the senior boys' house, while Carisbrooke houses the junior boys.
Boarding life is well ordered but with “downtime” built into each day for boarders to relax. The balance between formal study, play, organized activities and the use of the communal areas gives all the boarding houses a positive atmosphere that has been commented on favourably in boarding inspections.
Boarders can be roomed in single and double rooms with a small number for younger boarders set up for three to a room. We aim to give boys in Year 13 a single room as they prepare to move on to university. The rooms are designed as bed-sits and allow for areas to be made homely.
Throughout the week, boarding staff arrange specific activities for the boarders over and above the regular sports programme provided by the PE and Games Department. Boarders are encouraged to take a full part in school events and the boarding activities that range from shopping to action packed karting (see Activities and News) Many boarders also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and other outdoor activities that the area offers.
Boarding at Kingsley School is home to a wide range of nationalities from Europe and the Far East, as well as a number of more local students who board on a weekly basis. There are also a number of students who have parents in the services or who work overseas. This range of experience brings with it a real spirit of togetherness that is supported by the whole staff.
Each house has its own individual character and is run by residential houseparents and their assistants.
This is what Anastasia in Year 10 has to say about boarding at Kingsley.
"This is my first time studying in a foreign country. I was really nervous and scared at first, but after spending time in the Belvoir house it feels like my second home. Everyone I have met is friendly and helpful, when I don’t understand something they help explain to me. I like the atmosphere in school and at home. We always have a lot of fun during free time and school time. A lot of people come from different countries and it’s good for your English practice. At weekends there’s no time to be bored, when you don’t want to just sit at home there’s always trips and activities to go on. Here I’ve made a lot of friends and am doing subjects which I really like. Now I feel very good and I know that all will be right!"