Boarding FAQs

How many boarders are there at Sandroyd?

There are currently around 100 full boarders at Sandroyd, This is approximately 60% of the prep school. On top of this, we also have a number of boarders who will board on one or two nights each week.

Can my child weekly board?

All of our boarders can go home at the weekends. In the 2016/2017 academic year, we had an average of 75 boarders staying over the weekend on a Saturday night. We do have two all-in weekends per term, normally the first and last weekend of each term, but otherwise boarders can go home at the weekends.

How many boarders do you have in the school at the weekend?

In the 2016/2017 academic year, we had an average of 75 boarders staying over the weekend on a Saturday night, which is normal for Sandroyd. Some Saturday nights we will have over 100 boarders, and on our quietest weekends we will have between 40 and 50.

Can my child “flexi-board”

Flexi-boarding and occasional boarding are possible providing there is a bed available in the boarding house. Some children will board on the same night(s) each week and others may stay for a week here and there if their parents have work or other commitments elsewhere.

Are all the boarders in the main house?

Yes. Our boarding is split into four different wings in the main house. Each wing has a dedicated set of boarding Houseparents who look after the day-to-day pastoral care of the children. As the boarders move into year 8, they are in study bedrooms with just four beds, and they do their work in the dormitories (supervised); this helps get them fully prepared for Senior School. 

What happens at the weekend at Sandroyd?

Weekends are full and exciting at Sandroyd. We make the very most of our stunning grounds and facilities. Each weekend our staff put on a busy programme of events and activities both in the evenings and throughout the day. These range from bike and pony rides through the woods, to treasure hunts, boat building, cookery, creative clubs and numerous swims and sports. On top of this, we offer occasional Sunday trips to go coasteering, or to the Winchester Christmas markets, or to a sporting spectacular.

A typical Sunday will start with a slightly later breakfast of selection of cereals, croissants and bacon. This will be followed by letter writing before Chapel at 10.30am. After Chapel, the day is split into four sessions, with a variety of different activities on offer for all age groups and interests during each session. This is intersected with one of our chef’s (Robert) legendary roast lunches in the Dining Room. All parents are invited to join us for lunch any day, Sundays included.

With the exception of Skype, our boarders don’t have tablets or mobile phones at the weekends, so they are not glued to technology. They are being children – playing, being creative and exploring with their friends.

How old are the youngest boarders?

Children are welcome to board at Sandroyd from the age of 7 when they join year 3.  However, we tend to have more boarders as we go up through the school and currently all of our year 7 and 8 boarders board at Sandroyd.

What is an “All-In-Weekend”?

Most terms there are two “All-In Weekends”. The first weekend of term is always an “All-In Weekend”. All full boarders are expected to remain in school and enjoy the wide range of activities on offer.

What is an “Exeat” weekend?

Exeat weekends are when the school closes for the weekend. All pupils need to leave the school during half terms and exeat weekends. We tend to have two exeat weekends a term. Exeat dates are published at least a year in advance in the termly calendar and on the website.  We have escorted travel services to London Waterloo, London Heathrow and Devon every half term, beginning and end of term as well exeat weekends.  The School Office are happy to arrange this for you.

When does my child have to return to school after a weekend?

Those boarders who have been out for a weekend either return on Sunday evening or Monday morning, as arranged with the Houseparents.