Junior Boarding (ages 11-13)
Over a quarter of Junior School pupils are boarders in School House and Choir House, home of the Cathedral Choristers. It is our experience that boarding life encourages the development of key personal attributes such as independence and self-reliance, self-confidence, tolerance and the ability to live and work as part of a team. These skills serve pupils well far beyond their school days. Boarding is also fun: an adventure in which there is always something to do and always a companion to engage with.
Junior boarders who are not Cathedral choristers live in School House which occupies a wing of the fine old school building. The accommodation provides comfortable and characterful accommodation for boys and girls aged 11 to 13. At this age it is good for children to socialise and they enjoy the social aspects of communal living, so they sleep in dormitories and share a common room, TV room and games room. Beyond the boarding house, the academic and recreational facilities of the school are immediately to hand.
The boarding community is a close-knit family run by a team of resident staff, including Houseparents, a Matron and tutors, as well as a visiting tutor. The boarders and boarding staff are a happy community within the school, but there is no sense of ‘them and us’ when it comes to relations with day pupils: integration is happy and easy.
The vast majority of our School House boarders board full time seven days a week, but we also encourage weekly and flexi boarding.
After lessons on weekdays, junior boarders are encouraged to take part in the extensive clubs and activities programme on offer to all junior pupils, before cooked supper and then supervised homework.
Weekends can be a fruitful time too. There is a popular boarders’ activities programme every Saturday morning, at school or further afield. Recent Saturday morning activities at school have included workshops in art and craft, pottery, drama, cookery, sport and a technology challenge; activities beyond school have included ten-pin bowling, a leisure pool swim, mountain biking, an adventurous walk, and visits to a dry ski slope, the cinema, and Leeds Castle grounds and maze. There is no additional charge for these activities.
On Saturday afternoons boarders can go shopping in Canterbury under age-appropriate supervision or relax at the boarding house before ‘movie night’ on Saturday evenings. On Sundays boarders can have a more relaxed day, enjoying the School’s ample recreational facilities and taking off-site trips (recent examples include sea fishing, archery, canoeing, and fun on the beach).