Boarding helps boys and girls to become more independent whilst still benefiting from the care and attention of experienced, dedicated staff.
Boarders live in the main school building in Loreto House (boys) and School House (girls). Recent refurbishment includes 2/3 bedded rooms for Year 7 – 11 students, with modern, spacious shower areas. All Sixth Form students enjoy their own single study bedrooms. After school, students can attend school clubs and activities before returning to their boarding houses for supper and supervised study. In the evening, boarders can relax and socialise in common rooms. The Sixth Form have their own kitchen in which hot drinks, snacks and simple meals can be prepared.
Most boarders choose to stay at Beechwood at the weekends to take advantage of school facilities and the extensive grounds. We organise a varied programme of cultural and entertaining activities to include outdoor activities, workshops in school, theatre outings and visits to places of interest. Boarders may visit friends or relatives on any weekend, with prior parental permission.
Most boarders feel that they work better at school than at home. This is helped by supervised study periods in the evenings and at weekends for students up to Year 11; older students work in their study bedrooms, monitored by a member of staff. All boarders have extensive use of the library and ICT centre. Students in Year 10-11 may use their own laptop computers, which are collected in at bedtime, whereas Sixth Formers may use their laptops at any time. Wi-Fi access is available to all boarding students.
Every half term the Boarding community produces a Newsletter highlighting what our community have been getting up to.