Boarding at Bromsgrove
Great boarding schools offer pupils a home, not a place to sleep after work. People, not systems, must come first. One mixed, two girls’ and three boys’ boarding houses provide those homes at Bromsgrove. The houses are different, as boarding houses in the best schools should be, but there are core values and structures shared by all. Houseparents are resident in the boarding houses with their own families. They are academic staff, and are supported by a housemother. Bromsgrove boarders will see family life going on around them.
They will see too a resident assistant houseparent (also a member of the academic staff) in each house and a dedicated tutor team, doing day and evening duties on a rota basis. Support, encouragement and trust are the watchwords. All meals are taken centrally (except for the evening meal at Housman Hall), so Bromsgrove’s eleven day and boarding houses are continually integrating.
Activities are numerous and varied as befits a true boarding school. From high culture (trips to London and Stratford theatres) to paintballing, go-karting to concerts, Bromsgrove looks to inform, entertain and, occasionally, thrill its boarding community. But insisting boarders fill every second of a Sunday with organised activity is ridiculous, but so is leaving young people adrift with nothing to do. Some boarding schools become ghost towns at weekends. Bromsgrove does not.
To start with, we never close: there are no exeat weekends and so we guarantee a lively programme of weekend activities that are, for the most part, optional. Sport, Art and many recreational facilities are also open, and inevitably there will be rehearsals for plays and concerts. Bromsgrove looks to nourish its boarders without force feeding them.
Houses do close during the holidays, so pupils are expected to return home or stay with guardians. The School of course provides and organises transport services to airports whenever necessary.
All Bromsgrove pupils, be they day or boarding, are attached to a House. The Houses are small communities of 13 to 18 year olds, usually consisting of around 60 pupils. (The only exception is Housman Hall which is Sixth Form only). A houseparent, housemother and dedicated team of tutors and support staff are responsible for the well-being and happiness of pupils within the house.
Each House has its own Parents' Association which arranges social functions and further encourages the family atmosphere within both House and School.