Resident Houseparents are members of the teaching staff, and they are assisted by Housemothers (who oversee the domestic arrangements) and non-resident House tutors. Boarding should be a joy, a confidence builder and a voyage of discovery. Occasional boarding is possible; we are flexible if boarders wish to go home on a Saturday night (most do not), and Sunday programmes are hugely varied.
Boarding at Bromsgrove Prep is so much more than the excellent teacher/pupil ratio one expects in a first class boarding school. A team of dedicated nurses under control of the School Doctor provides on site medical care in the School’s Health Centre; high quality varied food from chefs preparing three good meals a day (not a reheated import) is standard; and there are staff on hand twenty four hours a day, seven days per week.
Full boarders make up the majority of the numbers within the Prep School. The full boarding fee per term covers any charges incurred as part of the Saturday morning activity programme and transport on all weekend trips. The only additional charge, in terms of boarding, is the entry fee for the weekend trips and a weekly amount for tuck.
Weekly boarding is especially suitable for those pupils who live a reasonable distance away and for whom transport to and from school adds a considerable amount of time to an already busy day. Weekly boarders come in to School on the school bus on Monday mornings and leave on a Friday evening, again on the School bus, normally the pick up / drop off is at the extreme limit of our existing routes. These transport costs are included in the weekly fee per term (current bus routes are available from the Transport Manager). Pupils also benefit from daily supervised prep and have all food provided and laundry taken care of during the week. When compared to the daily fee plus the transport fee, and the cost of food, weekly boarding is very competitive.
Bromsgrove Prep School has a long tradition of welcoming children of forces families. We are ideally located near the heart of the motorway network and so can be reached easily and quickly from any part of England. We are always happy to put prospective forces families in touch with parents of existing boarders so that they can get an alternative view point. We offer generous bursaries to forces families, the Educational Allowance can be added to with our means-tested bursaries.
We have a number of different nationalities within the boarding community, in the School as a whole there are over 40 different nationalities. Full integration into the boarding community is actively encouraged and achieved with help from the EAL department which provides small group lessons during the week as well as individual class support. EAL support is also provided for boarders in the evening to help with prep.
Transport arrangements can be made for all holidays. Pupils are escorted to the airport where a representative of Bromsgrove School waits until pupils have departed and collects pupils from arrivals on inbound journeys.
For those considering boarding at Bromsgrove, we are more than happy to arrange taster days/weekends to give the children an opportunity to see if boarding life would suit them.
In September 2012 Page House was opened for our Prep boarders, housing all of the pupils under one roof. This bigger house, for up to 70 pupils, has allowed us to expand our boarding numbers in response to demand for more places. The boarding house reflects the high standards of accommodation being achieved throughout the Senior School, ensuring that our youngest boarders also live in modern, top quality accommodation fit for the 21st century. Find out more about life in Page House here