Boarding FAQs

How many boarders are there at Sandroyd?

There are currently around 110 full boarders at Sandroyd, This is approximately 60% of the prep school. In addition, we also have a number of boarders who will board on one or two nights each week.  

All of the children in Years 7 and 8 are expected to be weekly boarders at Sandroyd.

Can my child weekly board?

All of our boarders can go home at the weekends. We do have up to two all-in weekends per term where all boarders stay in, these are 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 2018/2019 academic year, we had an average of 75 boarders staying over the weekend on a Saturday night, which is normal for Sandroyd.

On some Saturday nights we will have over 100 boarders, and on our quietest weekends, we will have between 30 and 50.

Can my child “flexi-board”

Full boarding, flexi-boarding and occasional boarding are possible in Years 3 to 6. Some children will board on the same night(s) each week and, if there is space, 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 Houses in the main house. Each House 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 move into smaller dormitories to help get them fully prepared for boarding at 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, to the Winchester Christmas markets, or to a sporting spectacular.

A typical Sunday will start with a slightly later breakfast of a selection of cereals, croissants and bacon. The day is then 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 on any day, Sundays included.

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.

All of our year 7 and 8 boarders are expected to board five nights a week at Sandroyd.

What is an “All-In-Weekend”?

Most terms there are two “All-In Weekends”. The first weekend of the term is always an “All-In Weekend”. All of Year 7 and 8, as well as any 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 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 is 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 and School Office.

How can my child communicate with home?

There are many ways that children communicate with home and indeed this is actively encouraged. 

  • All of the children have a session of letter writing once a week
  • All of the children in the Prep School have access to email on a daily basis
  • Each boarding House has two incoming phone lines for parents to call in the evenings. (A total of eight incoming lines solely for the use of parents and children)
  • There are numerous private payphones throughout the school. Children can access cards for these from the School Office
  • Each boarding House has a Skype tablet or computer for children to use in the evenings, these tend to be used by the boarders whose parents live abroad