We offer boarding for Junior School pupils in Years 4 to 6 (aged 8-11) in the beautiful house and grounds of Beaumont House. It is a priority to create a warm, caring family environment for this age range. The children are very well looked after by a resident family – community living lies at the heart of their daily lives. They all eat breakfast and most evening meals together, the house is extremely spacious and includes excellent facilities, including separate rooms for games, music and relaxing. The house capacity is 14, which ensures a lovely family feel and yet is large enough for the children to form lots of strong friendships.
Each house consists of around 20 to 30 boarding pupils, which is large enough to ensure everyone has a good balance of friends but small enough that everyone knows everyone well. We find this balance helps strengthen our family feeling.
Each boarding house has a resident house parent and assistant (both are often joined by their families and pets!), along with a non-resident matron and a number of staff. The house teams are vital to running the houses smoothly, but more importantly, they give a continuity to the boarders’ lives. We find boarders form strong relationships with our house teams, which enables them to have an adult they trust on hand to help with anything and everything!
The boarding family is complemented and strengthened by day pupil members who are all assigned to houses, making them vibrant and exciting communities.
Our ten boarding houses are a mix of medieval and 18th century buildings. Whilst each of the houses is gifted with quirky and unique qualities befitting historic houses, they all have the expected modern conveniences.
Each house has comfortable dorms, providing boarders with their own space (including a locking cupboard) that they can personalise to feel like home. We provide Wi-Fi throughout each house as well IT equipment in designated quiet areas. Our common room areas come equipped with a TV and games console as well as activities such as table tennis and pool. Our boarders also enjoy our spacious gardens for barbecues, games and socialising with their friends throughout the day.
The houses are set within our extensive school grounds with access to tennis courts, an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, library and sixth form centre.
Each of our boarding houses is the focal point for group identity, friendship and relaxation, with healthy rivalries between houses in sport, drama, public speaking and other academic achievement.
We organise weekend trips ranging from cinema, theatre and concert visits to adventure activities, ten-pin bowling and shopping in Bath and Bristol. From Year 7, small groups of pupils may go into Wells unaccompanied. The city centre is just a few minutes’ walk from the school, with numerous shops, banks, cafes and a twice-weekly market.
Many pupils and parents find boarding useful as it allows pupils the opportunity to participate in after-school clubs, keep up with homework, strengthen friendships and avoid a late journey home. Boarding also helps them gain a sense of personal responsibility, as they are given freedom within sensible constraints.