Boarding Handbook 2020
Head of Boarding &
Housemistress at The Mount
Housemaster at Eastgate House
Welcome to Lincoln Minster School Boarding!
You will be looking forward to boarding at LMS and some of you will, perhaps, be nervous about leaving home and coming to live at school, especially if this is your first boarding experience! This is quite normal so please do not be too worried about it. You will find that within the first few days you will have made many friends who are all kind and caring, both in school and in your boarding house. The boarding community here at Lincoln Minster School is very friendly.
Our job is to ensure that your time in boarding is a happy and productive one, so that you can give your best in school. We feel that if you are happy within your boarding house, then this will contribute positively to your academic performance and overall expereince here at LMS.
All of the boarding staff are very approachable, so please ask any questions that you might have about any aspect of your school or boarding experience. We are sure you will have lots to ask.
It will not take you too long to get to know the boarding staff, the boarding routine and to make new friends. This booklet has been specifically designed with the information you need to know in your first few weeks.
You will find our teachers are very good at helping every pupil achieve the best they can and the rewards for you are excellent. Lincoln is a terrific place in which to study and live!
We all look forward to welcoming you to our boarding community and we will do our best to make your stay with us a very happy, enjoyable and memorable one!
The LMS Boarding Team
Temporary Housemistress at
Arriving and Departing
Introduction to Boarding
During your first week with us, you will participate in a boarding Induction Program. This is a method of ensuring that you are familiar with the routines of your boarding house. You will be assigned a ‘mentor’, who will be an experienced boarder, whose job it will be to help you settle in as quickly as possible.
To help both you and your Houseparent, we have developed a ‘tick list’ of action points that we feel are important to you in your first week or so in our boarding environment.
A copy of such action points is included on the following page for you, so that you will know what to expect. It would be a good idea for you to tick and date the action points after they have been completed during your first week. You will then meet with your boarding Houseparent at the end of your first week to ensure that your Induction Program has been completed.
Weekly boarders go home after school on Fridays at 4.00pm and return on Sunday evenings after 6.00pm (or on Monday by 7.45am). If you return on Sunday evening, you should have eaten your evening meal before arriving back at your boarding house.
As a termly boarder, if you are invited to spend time with friends at weekends, your Houseparent must receive written agreement from both sets of parents at least 48 hours before the proposed visit.
On the last day of term/half term, your boarding house will close at around 6.00pm. On the evening before school restarts, you should arrive at the boarding house after 6.00pm. You should have eaten your evening meal before arriving back at your boarding house.
Airport transfers are arranged for our International boarders. If you are unable to take advantage of the airport transfer service on offer, then the cost of transport, arranged by school, will be added to your invoice. Your Guardian will be made aware of the travel dates and airports so please ensure you speak with them before making any flight bookings. Arrival and departure dates should be adhered to, to ensure you arrive for the start of school and leave on the last day of term. Permission for late arrivals or early departures should be requested in writing to the Headmaster Mr Wallace, stating the reason for the absence.
If you live overseas, your parents must appoint a Guardian with whom we can liaise and who will make arrangements for your stay during holidays if you cannot be with your parents.
A Guardian should be a responsible adult, resident in the UK, preferably living locally, who is encouraged to take an active interest in your education and who can act as your parent in case of emergency.
If you hold a non-EU passport, you will need to report to the Tier 4 Administrator on the first day of term so that a copy can be taken of your passport and visa for immigration purposes. This information will be held securely in accordance with data protection regulations. BRP cards are sent directly to the school and will kept safe until you arrive.
If you are arriving from a country that requires a visa to enter the UK, Miss Gilson, our Tier 4 Administrator, will assist you with this process once all acceptance paperwork has been completed. If you have any questions please contact her at: email@example.com or 01522 551300 , giving as much notice as possible.
Signing In and Out
Pupils always need to let at least one staff member know when they come into or are going to be leaving the boarding house (even if it is a regular activity) and when they return.
There are signing out and in sheets that you will be shown in your induction. They are kept near the main entrance and if you have an activity where you will not be back at the boarding house after school, then you sign out before you leave for breakfast from ‘4.00pm’, putting what your activity is and which member of boarding house team is aware of what you are doing. When you return to the house you put the time you return on the sign in sheet.
This is important and should be completed clearly. Prep pupils do not need to do this, except if going out in the week with parents, etc. or out at weekends
Once you arrive at Lincoln Minster School you will be expected to conduct yourself according to the letter and spirit of the school rules and uphold the school’s good name at all times.
We have expectations of all our pupils, and you will be expected to show a caring and positive manner towards staff, each other and anyone else you come into contact with:
We expect you to have respect for the views and opinions of others
Have respect for personal and shared property
Have good manners and a positive approach to your life at Lincoln Minster School
Follow the routines of the boarding house
Show initiative (if a job needs doing and you can help, please do so without being asked)
The boarding house is closed during the school day. Day pupils are permitted to come into the house only when accompanied by boarding pupils and with the permission of staff on duty.
All boarders undertake reasonable duties in their house on a rota basis e.g. unpacking the dishwasher, encouraging self-discipline and collective responsibility.
You are expected to be respectful of resources, turning lights and taps off when not in use.
Your personal space should be tidy every morning so that it may be cleaned and vacuumed whilst you are at school. Keep all personal belongings in your room and items of value should be kept in your personal, lockable cupboard.
The dyeing of hair is strictly not allowed in the Boarding House and you must adhere to the school rules with regard to hairstyles. Sanctions are rarely necessary but may include the withdrawal of privileges.
Preparatory School Day - (Years 3-6)
Senior School Day - (Years 7 -13)
The pupils are asked to remember that space is limited in the boarding houses. Each person’s personal space is valuable, and it is neither fair nor acceptable to arrive with so many clothes/shoes/trinkets that other boarders’ or communal space becomes an overflow for yours.
Weekly boarders are expected to take their laundry (clothing) home at weekends, except in an emergency when other arrangements can be made. The boarding staff launder all bed linen.
Clearly mark all items of clothing so that identification is easy. Name tapes will be included on any purchases from SchoolBlazer and must be attached to each piece of uniform, non uniform, bedding and towels. Experience tells us that permanent marker often becomes illegible after two or three washes. All clothes should be machine washable and tumble dryable. The boarding house/school will not be held responsible for damage and/or loss to any items which are not appropriately named.
In addition to the Lincoln Minster School day uniform and sports kit (detailed in the separate Uniform List), you will require the following items:
1 duvet* (2 duvet covers) and 2 bottom sheets + 1 or 2 pillows* and pillow cases
Towels (2 large and 1 small, with hanging loops + 1 face flannel).
Toilet bag containing shower gels, shampoos, toothbrush etc.
2 pairs of pyjamas; 1 dressing gown with belt/cord; 1 pair of slippers
1 small laundry bag for underwear
Casual outfits for after school (N.B. girls should dress appropriately - no miniskirts, low or tight tops, bare midriffs or ultra-low jeans …) plus one smarter outfit.
Underwear and socks
Swimwear, a swimming towel and swim bag
*These items will be provided for international students.
Personal spending money for the first few weeks must be handed in for safekeeping until you are able to open a bank account. All boarding activities and school trips will be charged to your WisePay account and arents/guardians will receive login details when you start at Lincoln Minster School. We will always notify your parents of any boarding activities or school trips beforehand.
For non-international pupils, any spending money should be given to your Houseparent to look after and can be signed out on request.
International pupils should hand in any money they bring with them until they can open a bank account where it can be deposited.
All pupils should not have excess of £50 in their house.
Due to the increased cleaning requirements necessary for COVID 19 compliance, it is impeitive that all belongings are stored inside the storage provided.
COVID 19 Safe
Property brought onto the school premises should be covered by an insurance policy at your expense and arranged by you if you so wish.
Packing List for Pupils
Below are the recommended items that pupils should bring with them when they come to stay with us.
In response to COVID regulations, we must adopt a clear surface policy to facilitate daily deep cleaning.
Pupils are provided with a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. It is important that, as far as possible, everything brought with them (or purchased whilst they are here), fits the storage provided.
As space will need to be managed much more carefully, we need to work together to make sure any additional items that you may wish to bring are kept to a minimum.
Any additional items will need to go into storage. Please discuss this with Head of Boarding, Ms McCallum before arriving.
Please ensure that every item of clothing is labelled with your child's name or initials. This is includes socks, underwear and non-school items of clothing.
For International pupils, bedding and towels are not essential. These can be provided but many prefer to bring their own towels and sheets/covers and pillowcases.
We do not encourage valuable items being brought into School.
Each child will need a container for their toiletries as they cannot be left in the bathrooms.
Anyone bringing makeup will need an additional one to facilitate cleaning of surfaces.
I apologise for these further requirements however, it is important that we make the Houses safe for all of our pupils.
5 Pairs of dark socks or tights
Tracksuit top and bottoms
Dark School bag
Seasonal sports attire (Rugby boots in winter, cricket whites in summer etc.
Please note, uniform differs slightly based on gender and year group. Please see our online uniform supplier, SchoolBlazer, for further details on this.
Full Uniform list also available here.
Flip flops, sliders or slippers (to wear in the house)
A reasonable amount of clothing, to wear in the evenings and the weekends
Two or three pairs of shoes to wear in the evenings and at weekends
Comfort items (favourite teddy bear, posters and pictures to remind you of home and to decorate/personalise your room.
A selection of favourite treats from home (must be compliant with travel rules).
Toiletries (shower gel, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc.)
Seasonal items (e.g. winter term - hat/scarves and gloves)
I am the House Mistress at The Mount, having started here in January 2018.
I live in a flat in the house at all times with my whippet dog Wilfred and Siamese cat, Bradley. Both are extremely friendly, available for cuddles and games if you are missing pets from home.
We have a wonderful team of staff who take great pride in making The Mount a "home from home" for you. Whether you need help with your homework, need someone to talk to, or someone to arrange a game with the other children. We all love our jobs and are on hand to help. We look forward to you joining us here and can't want to get to know you (and your families)!
We want you to be happy whilst you are at The Mount. Miss McCallum, the Housemistress and the House staff will explain the day-to-day procedures in the house and are there to support and guide you through your time at the school. The other boarders remember what it felt like when they first started so they will soon help you settle in.
Finally, the staff and other boarders look forward to welcoming you to The Mount and helping you make friends and have a good time whilst in boarding.
Ms Diane McCallum
The House Mistress of The Mount
Head of Boarding
Our Houses: The Mount
6:45 Wake Up Choristers
7:00 Wake up Non choristers
7:00:7:30 Breakfast in the house (Choristers
8:00 - Breakfast in the Refectory - non choristers
16:00 After school activities and homework
18:15 Evening meal in the Refectory
18:45 Homework and activities
19:30 - 20:00 Shower time for Yeasr 3 & 4
20:00 - 20:30 Shower time for Years 5,6 & 7
20:15 - 21:00 Shower time for Year 8 (or in the morning)
Until 21:15 Shower time for Year 9 (or in the morning)
20:00 In room, lights out 19:45 - Years 3 & 4
20:15 - In room, lights out 20:30 - Years 5 & 6
20:30 In room, lights out 20:45 - Year 7 & 8
21:15 In room, lights out 21:30 - Year 9
01522 521 4362 (if dialing from outside of the UK 0044 1522 521362)
The Mount Boarding House
Lincoln Minster School
The Prior Building,
Upper Lindum Street
Our Houses: Eastgate
Welcome to Eastgate House Boarding House, the senior boys’ house at Lincoln Minster School for a community of pupils from Years 10 to 13.
We live in a Victorian house on a large leafy property with lovely lawns, beside the school. The layout of the house is such that we are fortunate to have two spacious common rooms which lead off from a sizable entrance hall plus two kitchens in which to prepare snacks after prep in the evening and at the weekends.
There is Wi-Fi throughout the house, so you should have no trouble Skyping family and friends.
Accommodation at Eastgate House consists of shared and twin rooms, shared dorms and a small number of single rooms (available for Year 13's). Each pupil has their own wardrobe space, bedside table, desk, lamp and lockable locker for storage.
We hope your stay in boarding will be happy and enjoyable and, when the time comes, that you will leave with many treasured memories.
Monday to Friday Year 12 & 13
Monday to Friday Year 10 & 11
Saturday & Sunday
If you need to leave the house for any length of time for any after school activities, trips and sports fixtures, it is essential that you inform the boarding staff and sign out in the signing out book.
You must sign in again on your return. Signing out must be done by you alone and not by another boarder in the house on your behalf. If you wish to visit friends after school, permission with 48 hours’ notice must be given to the boarding staff and by both sets of parents/Guardians.
During the week, Y10/Y11 boys may go into town or the Bailgate area before tea provided they are in twos. Boarding staff need to be informed and pupils need to sign out.
During the week, Years 10 & 11 boys may only go out in the evening for a special occasion, such as a birthday.
On Saturdays and Sundays, boarders may go out during the day. Unless specifically agreed, they must be back for brunch at 11.00am and in the evening by 5.30pm.
Boarders are permitted to go out twice during the week in the evening provided they have parental permission and their work is up to date. They must return by 10.00pm.
Pupils may go out on Friday and Saturday evenings but must be back by 10.00pm unless agreed in advance with boarding staff.
For the termly boarders there is a more relaxed routine at the weekends when trips to the cinema, town and further afield may be organised.
All pupils must be either accompanied or travel in a pre-booked taxi on their route back home to boarding – never alone.
Studying in Eastgate House is for a minimum of two hours each Monday - Thursday. There will be lots of opportunity at weekends for you to embark upon additional revision work and extra study.
01522 537 4969 (if dialing from outside of the UK 0044 1522 537969)
Lincoln Minster School
The Prior Building
Upper Lindum Street
Saturday & Sunday
Welcome to Hillside House Boarding House, the senior girls’ house at Lincoln Minster School.
We are a community of girls from Year 10 – Year 13. Ms Caig is the House Mistress and she is ably assisted by a helpful and caring Assistant Housemistress and Boarding Gap Student.
We live in a Victorian house, just across the road from the main school building. An orchard to the rear of the building is a lovely area where students can enjoy the outdoors on sunny afternoons. In the house there is a large common room and well-equipped kitchen, where you can prepare snacks after prep in the evening and at the weekends.
Accommodation ranges from a small number of single rooms (for Year 13’s) to shared rooms. You will be able to Skype family and friends, as there is Wi-Fi throughout the house. We hope your stay in boarding will be happy and enjoyable and, when the time comes, that you will leave with many treasured memories.
Ms Rebekah Caig
Hillside House Temporary Housemistress
Our Houses: Hillside
Years 12 and 13
A variety of trips and visits will be offered throughout the year including cinema and many local attractions.
Town visits include to the High Street area, Steep Hill and Brayford Waterfront. However, the Usher Gallery gardens and Lincoln College are out of bounds. All pupils must be back by 6.00pm in time for tea.
Monday - Friday
During the week, pupils may go into town or the Bail area before tea provided they are in twos. Boarding staff need to be informed and pupils need to sign out.
Pupils may only go out in the evening for a special occasion, such as a birthday. Permission must be obtained from both sets of parents.
Monday - Friday
Boarders are permitted to go out twice during the week in the evening provided they have parental permission and their school work is up to date. They must return by 10.00pm and be accompanied or return by taxi.
With parental consent boarders may go out on Saturday evening but must be back by 10.00pm unless agreed in advance with boarding staff. They must either be accompanied or travel in a pre-booked taxi – never alone.
For the termly boarders there is a more relaxed routine at the weekends when trips to the cinema, town and further afield may be organised. These are dependent upon numbers.
Hillside House has wireless internet access available to boarders who bring their own laptops and mobile phones. You will be expected to use this service sensibly and appropriately. In particular, you are responsible for the installation of your own antivirus software as the school cannot provide this. Some sites are blocked to prevent access to inappropriate sites. The Wi-Fi goes off at 11.00pm and comes back on at 6.00am.
Studying in Hillside House is for a minimum of two hours each Monday - Thursday. There will be lots of opportunity at weekends for you to embark upon additional revision work and extra study.
01522 551 4399 (if dialing from outside of the UK 0044 1522 551399) 07936 525508.
Lincoln Minster School
The Prior Building
Upper Lindum Street
After School & Weekends
Years 10 and 11
Ms Samantha Joyce
The school’s full-time Nurse oversees matters relating to your health. Within the first few weeks of boarding she will perform an age appropriate medical screening that forms the basis of any on-going medical care. Subsequently, periodic examinations may be carried out, as appropriate.
If you are a weekly boarder it is up to your parents to decide whether you remain with your family GP or register with the school’s local practice - The Minster Medical Practice, Cabourne Court, Lincoln.
For termly boarders, we recommend that you register with this practice. If you do register with The Minster Practice, appointments will be made as necessary and you will be accompanied to the appointment. We will keep your parents informed if a visit has been required, of the outcome and any medication prescribed.
Please remember that you are not allowed to bring your own medicines, remedies or home treatments into the boarding houses. All necessary medicines of any kind must be handed to House staff who will liaise with the School Nurse for verification, recording and approval.
Your parents are expected to make arrangements for you for routine dental care and orthodontic work. Any emergency dental appointments can be made by the school but written permission will be sought from your parents prior to making an appointment.
If you feel unwell during the school day, you should go to the school office who will contact the School Nurse for you. She will assess you. If you are not well enough to be in school, you will be looked after in your boarding house until you are able to go to your homestay if required.
School policy dictates that a child stays away from school for 48 hours following the last bout of sickness or diarrhea, therefore, interntional pupils must have an avaiable homestay.
All meals are compulsory and it will be expected that you arrive on time for them as indicated below.
Boarders receive three meals per day plus a drink and snack after school. Main meals are provided by the school’s caterers (Chartwells), and are normally eaten in the school dining room (the Refectory).
Chartwells work with the school to ensure that the food available to all students (day and boarding) is excellent, with variety and balanced nutrition. If you have any medical or religious dietary requirements or are a vegetarian, please ensure this is included on your allergies form in your Acceptance Pack.
There is always a variety of food (e.g. sandwich supplies, fruit and juice) available in the boarding house for evening snacks if required. You can of course purchase additional snacks from local shops. Perishable goods need to be stored in containers in the house kitchens.
At the boarding house we always try to ensure that there is someone you can talk to if you need to. Our boarding staff have many years’ experience working in boarding schools, and we work with pupils and parents to spot any issues early and deal with them promptly and appropriately. Two-way communication is very important.
At Lincoln Minster School all of our staff receive safe guarding training - there is always an adult on hand to talk to.
It is most important that you confide in someone you trust; the most obvious people would be Boarding Staff, your Form Tutor or Head of Year. Speaking directly with the Headmaster is perfectly acceptable.
Each house meets together every week to discuss day-to-day business and any issues which may have arisen. You are expected to be respectful and listen to others speak and you can contribute any suggestions, questions or input you want to within the meeting.
There is also a ‘Thought Box’ in each house where you can anonymously put any suggestions, complaints or compliments and these are either addressed in the house meeting or separately if the houseparent needs to. Your contribution is invaluable so don’t be shy!
You will be told who your pupil mentor is when you start boarding. They will check on you and how you are doing. They are the person to go to with any questions that you may feel more comfortable about asking them.
They have experience of boarding so they can address any concerns you might have or give you good advice from their experiences and knowledge. They will introduce you to other pupils, show you around, and help you become familiar with routines.
There is an opportunity in all Houses to apply for the position of Head Boy/Girl or Deputy Head Boy/Girl. To apply, the process begins with a letter of application to your Houseparent, you will then be invited to an interview with the Headmaster, Head of Boarding and Houseparent.
Head Boy and Girls are selected because they are expereinced boarders who build excellent relatonhips with staff, fellow boarders. The role is something to aspire to and holds it's own responsbilties.
One of the staff team will also be your 1:1 staff mentor and you will be advised who that is when you start boarding. They will go through your induction sheet with you. They will explain everything they will support you with throughout the year. You can speak to your 1:1 mentor and any of the boarding staff whenever you need to for help and advice or just a chat! They will make a note of your weekly schedule, including music practice, after school clubs and activities or Chorister duties so we are all aware of these.
They will also have academic and boarding meetings with you to make sure you are coping at school and in the house and will set a target with you in an area you feel it is important to progress in. You will talk through all your school subjects, prep workload and will have additional support around exam times, revision timetables and study skills.
The School has a code of conduct that you are expected to follow, the boarding house also has a list of behaviour you are expected to show when in or outside of the boarding house. This is shown on the noticeboard at the boarding house. The pupils helped devise this list and it is updated every year.
We, your parents and Guardians expect you to be respectful in how you talk and act to other pupils and staff and to be supportive of each other.
Although we are also realistic that you may not get on with all of the other pupils, this is not an excuse not to be polite and there is zero tolerance of any unkindness towards others. We want to encourage qualities such as a positive attitude, kindness and consideration.
Behaviour Expectations and Rewards
Positive behaviour from pupils is noticed and we will always praise this and appreciate it. There are rewards for pupils and these include, Boarder of the half term, this is for a pupil (or pupils) that display behaviour such as:
Kindness and consideration to others or to consistently show positive behaviour or improvement through the weeks. This person is announced at the weekly house meeting and they receive a choice of prizes and a certificate.
There is also Boarder of the Year. This is awarded to the boarder who has shown positive behaviours consistently throughout the year and has been a pupil of excellence throughout the Year. The winner will receive a certificate and a larger prize.
A further reward is for respecting our environment and for pupils who complete household jobs, such as keeping their room tidy, making an effort towards making their bed in the morning and ensuring they clear up after themselves. There is a prize for the pupil or pupils with the best rooms consistently.
Q: What happens when I arrive?
A: Your Houseparent will welcome you and you will be shown to your room. We will give you a tour of your boarding house and the surrounding area and you will have time to unpack, rest and start to make new friends.
Q: Do all pupils arrive on the same day?
A: All new and returning non international boarding pupils will usually arrive on the same day. This will be at 18:00hrs the night before the 1st day of term. On the days after you arrive and before you start lessons, you will be doing an Induction Course: This will help you get to know the school, meet your teachers and the other pupils. If it is necessary, we will take you to the police station to be registered as a pupil studying in the UK. By the time all the other pupils arrive, you will feel at home!
Q: Can I bring my mobile phone?
A: Yes! International pupils should get a UK sim card when they arrive. If you are in Y12 or Y13 you are allowed to use your phone in school in the Sixth Form area only. Pupils in other year groups are not permitted to use their phone in school and it should be left in the boarding house or handed in at reception when you arrive at school and collected at the end of the school day.
Q: Do I have to clean my room?
A: We expect you to keep your room clean and tidy and to leave the kitchen and lounge areas in good condition after use. We have a domestic team who keep the houses clean whilst you are in school.
Q: What electrical equipment do I need to bring?
A: We are happy for you to bring essential items like your laptop, hair dryer and hair straighteners. Please remember to bring a travel adaptor with you if necessary . Please note, kettles and eletric blankets are not permitted.
Q: Do I need to bring stationery?
A: No. You can buy all the stationery you need when you arrive. It is a good idea to bring an electronic translator with you since you will not be allowed to use your smart phone in school.
Q: What clothes should I bring for school?
A: If you are joining Years 12 or 13, you will need to bring smart (office attire) clothes. Everybody is expected to wear a blazer/ jacket every day and boys have to wear a shirt and a tie. Jeans and casual clothes are not allowed in school but you can wear them in your boarding house. Once lessons are finished, you can change into your own clothes. Just ensure they are sensible! All other year groups should be in full school uniform. A uniform list is attached.
Q: Do I need to bring towels and bedding (duvets and pillows are provided for international pupils but they should bring their own covers, sheets and pillowcases)?
A: You can bring them, but it will be easier and less expensive to buy them here. We can help you to buy them once you arrive.
Q: What is the weather like in Lincoln?
A: The weather in Lincoln varies greatly. Winter can be cold so ensure you bring warm clothes including scarves, hats and gloves. Boots are the best option for winter, as we can get ice and snow. You will also need to bring a warm coat (black or navy). Remember to bring a raincoat!
Ms McCallum's Top Tips for Boarding
1. Establish good, clear communication with the House Parent. Ensure that you explain any special requirements or unusual behaviour that the HP may need to know, both for the child’s safety and general well-being.
We HAVE to know about medication and behavioural issues. Finding out after an event has taken place is soul destroying for staff who could have monitored.
We work hard at getting to know your child and are grateful for the advice you can give eg nightmares, scared of the dark, runs away, hides etc. Don’t be afraid to tell us. We will embrace the information and use it to ensure your child is looked after properly.
2. I know it’s so difficult to let go so find out what the House routine is so that you’re not calling at times that are difficult to manage (prep, meals, shower, bed). Support your child but allow them some space to find their feet too.
3. They are allowed snacks but we do operate a healthy eating policy at LMS. A child who turns up and fills their cupboard with Haribo and then has to be told that they can’t eat them all at once is often the child that staff have to spend a lot of time managing. So send them to Boarding with an appreciation of the importance of a healthy body for a healthy mind. They by no means go without treats here, but they are treats, not part of their diet.
4. It’s inevitable that your child will miss home at times. I would be confused and concerned if they didn’t. Don’t feel bad about it. Be glad that you have provided a lovely happy home to miss. We are constantly monitoring our Boarders well-being and we have lots of ways to help them, most importantly by explaining to them that it’s because you love them so much that you’re giving them this opportunity. Remember that 5 minutes after you have had a teary conversation with them, they will probably be laughing and playing with their friends, while you feel dreadful at home. We will always keep you updated and you can contact me if you have concerns.
5. Label ALL your children clothes!! And provide them with laundry bags for their underwear.
Staff spend a disproportionate amount of time sorting washing. If you could do one thing for us, this would be it. Less time sorting allows more time to help with homework or play games with the children.
"I started boarding when I first joined the school in Year 7 at 11 years old.
Initially I wanted to board because I loved reading books that were set at boarding schools, such as Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton or Harry Potter. Whilst I was aware I could not go to Hogwarts, living at school with your friends was still something I really wanted to do.
My younger brother joined the School last year when he turned 11 and both of us will return in September.
School is both rather close and very far from home. For part of the year we live in England, but we also live in Saudi Arabia,
Settling in at school wasn’t difficult, the first day at school was only Y7 students, which helped because I got to know the school and some of our teachers, so that when all the other students came it wasn’t as overwhelming.
The Mount boarding house is really great, it has two separate living rooms with sofas, books and one room even has a pool/air hockey/ping pong table which is very popular. There is also a lot of outdoor space as the school netball pitch is in the house’s back garden and the boarding house is a short walk from a park. The bedrooms are also great because we don’t sleep in dorms, most of the bedrooms only have one or two people in them and you are free to decorate your bedrooms, within reason, so it really feels like home.
Some of the things that go on after homework are rehearsals, music practice and craft. Last winter the house put on a Christmas Variety Show and everyone would be practicing their
performances or helping out with ideas.
On the weekends older boarders are free to go out into town in pairs or more, this is one of the best things to do on the weekend because the city is absolutely beautiful and being able to go out gives you the freedom to meet up with your friends in town.
In Years 7and 8, I took part in the Graphics Club after school every Thursday. I have also been in the Drama Club the past two years.
I have been on quite a few school trips, to places like the Harry Potter studios and the Yorkshire wildlife park. We usually go by coach for larger trips like these but we also go on smaller trips as just our boarding house using the school minibus, on these trips we have gone to the beach and a horse rescue centre.
I keep in contact with my family quite often, by texting and usually calling at least once a week. On exeats we often go to our uncle’s or go on the school trip, because our parents are overseas during term time.
The best thing about being a boarder is that you live with your friends, it’s also good that you live right next to school.
I would definitely recommend boarding to others."
Current Pupil at LMS
Aimee's Boarding Experience
The Prior Building
Upper Lindum Street
01522 551 300