The school is able to offer boarding for up to thirteen children per night from Monday to Thursday during term time. This facility is open to children from Year 4 upwards (younger siblings below Y4 can be accommodated by special arrangement). The dormitories are located within the main school building above the Headmaster's private accommodation. Parents can choose either flexi-boarding or an overnight stay.
- Flexi-boarding - The same night or nights booked on a regular basis
- Overnight option - Any number of nights booked on an ad-hoc basis
A satisfied current parent recently wrote:
“I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know what a fantastic job a host of teachers did looking out for our children last week as they had their first boarding experience, over three nights, allowing us to leave the country for a milestone wedding anniversary."
Mr McChesney, Head of Boarding, is responsible for all bookings and care of the children after school hours. From 2100 - 0700, the care of the children is the responsibility of the Headmaster's wife, Mrs Graham. A resident gap year student also lives in the main house and helps look after the boarders. Supper and breakfast are eaten together, with boarding staff at the same tables, in the Lighthouse dining room. Meals are prepared by one of our chefs from Thomas Franks Catering.
Regular evening activities run by the Hall Grove gap students include: tennis; swimming (summer term only); Young Farmers; wide games such as Spotlight and Manhunt; and indoor rowing. There are also occasional themed evenings and outings.
Children in Years 6 to 8 can also participate in Half Boarding, Hall Grove’s extended school day, which offers a range of activities including:
Performing Arts: this will entail a different project each term and offers: stage shows or the making of a short film. Activities included in the sessions: stage make-up; sound and light, and backstage training as well as acting, singing and dance.
Other activities offered by experienced supervisors: Fencing; Shooting; Chess; Judo; Young Magicians; Creative Textiles; Music with Macs.
Please check the termly notice to see exactly which activities are on offer for that term, and for the latest charges.
The overall boarding experience provides an excellent opportunity for your child to experience staying away from home in a safe and familiar environment and to prepare them for school residential trips or boarding at senior school.
Please click here to see our Statement of Boarding Principles & Practice.
Boarding at Hall Grove has many benefits:
- A set supervised homework period
- Scheduled time for music practice
- Evening use of thirty-five acres of landscaped parkland
- Cooked breakfast
- Staying with friends
- No journey time or commute
- Supervised activities making use of :
- Nine-hole golf course
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Sports Hall/ Theatre
- ICT Suite
- Floodlit all-weather courts (tennis and netball).
Before school: The Boarding House runs a Breakfast Club where children can be dropped off at school from 0730 to join the boarders in the dining room for a hot cooked breakfast, followed by supervised time until the start of the school day.
After school: children who stay late can be booked in for Supper at 1830 with collection at 1915; Half Boarding offers Year 6 to 8 children a termly pre-booked package where they can stay after school for boarders’ supper, activities and prep, after which they can be collected up to 2000. Please see the After School Care section of the website for more information.