At Cheltenham Prep, boarders have the opportunity to turn the school into their playground after the school day has finished, enjoying all the facilities The Prep has to offer.
As a family we aim to create the culture of an extended boarding family, where each child feels safe, happy and valued. We aim to ensure that the children enjoy their boarding experience and develop friendships that last well beyond their years at The Prep.
Having both boys and girls from Years 3 to 8 under one roof helps create the sense of being part of an extended family. Under our guidance as Houseparents and with the support of Assistant Houseparents, Boarding Graduates, House Tutors, Matrons and Parents, we believe children are well supported to ensure they enjoy their boarding experience.
The week is carefully structured within the Boarding House. It gives your child the balance they need between achieving highly at school, developing as an individual and enjoying well-deserved leisure time. The evening Boarding House routine starts between 5:00pm or 6:00pm depending on whether your child is doing an activity. Boarders’ Tea is at 6:00pm. The Houseparents, Matrons and Boarding Graduate Students look after our Boarders during the course of the evening. The majority of prep is completed during the school day. However, if a boarder has further prep to complete there is an optional study session for all of our Boarders supervised by our boarding team after supper.
We expect all the children to learn how to change their own bed sheets. Flexi Boarders are expected to change their sheet in the morning after their last night so that the bed is ready for the next boarder. We believe this is an important life skill that will stand the children in good stead for the future, as well as helping to develop a sense of community within the Boarding House.
Weekends at The Prep are special. There are around 40 Full-Time Boarders, the majority of which stay with us over the weekend. It means the warm sense of community continues throughout the week and your child will always feel at home. On Saturday afternoons, our Boarders have free time to rest and unwind after sports matches and a busy week at school. Saturday evenings are Movie Nights – a chance to spend some ‘family time’ watching a choice of movies and enjoying some popcorn! On a Sunday, we like to celebrate the end of the of the week and enjoy a special activity, such as Free Dog (trampoline park), crazy golf, pizza night, cinema trips, live sport or sometimes some well-deserved retail therapy. Alternatively, on some occasions, we have activities at The Prep such as in-house laser tag, zorbing, silent discos, live music performances or even an in-house pampering session, for those who would like to!