Boarding is an important part of Packwood. Most pupils board at some point during their time here, whether this is as a full boarder, a couple of nights a week or as a one off.
Pupils may choose to become a boarder at any stage. There are three types:
Boarders are at school for the duration of each school term. In addition to the half term break each term there also are exeat weekends as well as optional Sundays, when boarders may choose to be away from school.
For the first three terms of being a boarder, a child is called a ‘transitional boarder’ and has the option to go home after Games on Saturdays and return either on Sunday night or Monday morning.
This a completely flexible option where parents can book their child in for regular nights or on an ad hoc basis. The majority of pupils will choose to board occasionally during their time at Packwood and many move to becoming full boarders.
Roy and Cristina Chambers are the boys’ houseparents. Roy was a boarder from the age of eight and loves the full prep school experience. He is one of Packwood’s Deputy Heads and teaches English. Cristina works as a counsellor- she is always a great listener if one of the boys needs someone to talk to and enjoys being involved in the boarding life.
They are supported by a strong team of experienced boarding staff including matrons, boarding tutors and graduate assistants – with their two young children (Jessica and Sebastian) and dog (Laika) not far behind.
Boy boarders are accommodated on the upper floors of the main school building. Bedrooms are on four landings organised by year group, with bathrooms and showers on each floor.
The boarding house is very much a home from home and the children are encouraged to personalising their rooms with their own duvets, posters, photographs and toys.
The boys boarding house is busy, yet calm and relaxed. The boys are encouraged to socialise in their common room in the evenings, and boarding staff often arrange theme nights, quizzes and activities in the evenings. There are also board games, cards, reading books and other activities so there is always something for everyone.