Boarding at Clayesmore is in five houses which are warm, family units, where boarders can work and play and laugh, as well as weathering the storms of growing up, while being supported by each other and a strong team of pastoral staff. Because all Clayesmore pupils, whether day or boarding, are part of a boarding house, the relationships that develop are strong and diverse. Senior pupils enjoy having responsibility for mentoring younger boarders and learn to treat others with compassion, kindness and respect.
All boarders at Clayesmore are full boarders (although some may go home for Saturday night). Life is busy and the weeks are filled with a succession of activities including academic lessons, games, music, hobbies and volunteering. Sundays provide the opportunity for a variety of optional activities like climbing or diving, shopping trips and coastal walks. Sunday is also a time to be quiet and rest, to study in the house or just be with friends by the lake or in the cosy common rooms.
The houses are led by Houseparents who, with their pastoral teams, and in partnership with parents, work hard to support and guide their boarders in all the necessary ways. The pastoral teams are made up of tutors who live in the house, academic staff who visit to do evening duties and team of house matrons. Each pupil has a personal tutor who sees them every day and looks after them both pastorally and academically and the 24 hour Medical Centre is a place where they can access both expert medical care and a sympathetic ear. Good pastoral care is at the heart of our boarding and by knowing the boarders well and being with them through the good times, we make sure that they always have someone to talk to if they feel worried or low.
The Clayesmore boarding experience is about forging strong friendships and learning how to study successfully; it’s about taking on responsibility, accepting challenges as they arise and dealing with the difficult moments too. We want our boarders to have breadth of experiences so that, when they leave, it is with a good set of values and the foundations of a confidence that will last them for life.