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Boarders benefit enormously from the excellent facilities and activities on offer in the evenings and at weekends.

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With nearly 70% of boarders choosing to stay in school each weekend, it is important that the programme of what we offer on Saturday nights and on Sundays is varied and busy, particularly in the junior years.

As pupils move into the upper years, we recognise that at weekends they may wish to be more independent with their free time – perhaps catching up on prep, using the sports facilities or simply relaxing in House. The school week is very full and we want to ensure that pupils have sufficient ‘downtime’ on Sundays, while offering activity options for those who want them.

Shell Weekends Programme

Joining a new school can be daunting and particularly in those early days it is important to keep busy and socialise as much as possible. We run a dedicated, compulsory Shell weekends programme which ensures that there is no time to feel homesick or lonely, and encourages friendships and support.

With a location just 15 minutes from the coast, our Shells take advantage of the beach and waterparks whenever possible and at school they have enjoyed a range of activities each term such as film nights, pizza making, Inter-House challenges and even circus skills training!

The new Sunday activities have meant a lot to me. Having participated in the pizza making, trips to West Quay, ice skating and probably more, it has been great, and so much fun to get out and do something different. There is always something to look forward to. 

Shell pupil

Example Weekend Programme

Boarding Weekend Activities 

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