Occasional Boarding

As of September 2016, we will be offering ‘occasional-boarding’ to current day pupils in Years 8 or Year 9 at St George’s. Occasional-boarding is an option made available to existing day pupils allowing them the opportunity to take advantage of the boarding provision at St George’s on, as the name would suggest, an occasional and flexible basis. There are many benefits of occasional-boarding but one of the most vital of these is to achieve even better integration between day students and boarders and for boarders to be able to showcase what is essentially their home during term time. On a more practical level, it allows you, the parent, the chance to book your son or daughter into a longer day, a sleepover or series of sleepovers as an alternative to other forms of child care. It also allows us, the school, to further enhance the quality of our provision from the income generated from offering such a system.   

Occasional-boarding will be offered for a pilot period until the end of the Spring Term in March 2017. Irrespective of whether you are, at this stage, interested in taking advantage of this offer, your opinion with regards occasional-boarding at St George’s would be welcomed.

The options available at this stage are as follows:

Full board £60 per night

Full board will include the cost of dinner and breakfast as well as accommodation in the relevant boarding house. Bags should be dropped off at 8:30am on the day of the booking. You and your child will meet the duty boarding staff at this time. At 3:40pm, your child will return to the boarding house where they will join in with the boarding routines and activities for the remainder of that day. The following morning they will have breakfast and then embark upon their normal working day having hopefully got some sleep! Bags can be left in the boarding house for collection at the end of the day. 

Extended stay £30 per session

Extended stay will include the cost of dinner. At the end of the school day, your child will report to the relevant boarding house where they will join in with the boarding routines and activities until 7:30pm which is when the supervised prep session ends. There is no limit to the number of extended stays that may be taken. However, the number of extended places that we can offer per night is extremely limited.

There will be an annual limit of 30 nights’ accommodation per pupil per academic year in order that a clear distinction between occasional-boarding and being a full boarder. This amounts to roughly one night a week. However, there are any number of scenarios that might make it beneficial for parents to block book nights.

Although a great deal of important information about pupils required for an overnight stay will be held by the school already, we will still ask for supplementary information especially information relating to medical and dietary needs and to guardianship if you as parents as going to be outside of the UK for the period when you require occasional-boarding. Availability will be dictated by current full time boarders – if a house is running at capacity with full boarders, occasional-boarding in that house will not be an option.

Information about what to bring, boarding buddies, mobile phones, pocket money, bedding, expectations of behaviour, house rules, routine will be emailed out ahead of any visit but it would be expected that an occasional-boarder will arrive with a good knowledge of what is expected of them during their stay. 

Full boarders undergo a strict admissions procedure which involves them attending an interview during which we assess their 'suitability to board'. Day pupils undergo no such assessment. We will assess a pupil's suitability to board based on their conduct record in day school. This will be carried out in consultation with the pupil's head of day house who may be required to issue a brief reference in advance. We reserve the right to refuse a day pupil permission to occasional-board.

Bookings should be made using the Occasional Boarding online booking form. Payment can be made by either through Parentpay or by bank transfer and is required in advance.  

If you would like to enquire further about the occasional-boarding pilot scheme at St George’s then please do not hesitate to email me at jtimmins@stgeorges.herts.sch.uk. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on what should be a very exciting venture for the school.

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Occasional Boarding Important Information 2nd September 2016 Download >