Boarding Principles and Practice
Boarding life and holistic pastoral care are at the core of St Olave's and St Peter's. Our seven values underpin boarding principles and practice. Our aim is to provide a safe and stable environment within which all boarders can develop and flourish academically, socially, culturally, physically, morally and spiritually.
Boarding at St Peter’s enables an education where the development of the whole person can be supported and nurtured. Boarders are encouraged in good behaviour and self-discipline, appreciating that they contribute to the welcoming, caring and inclusive community of the boarding house. Living as a boarder helps to engender respect for and understanding of others.
Our philosophy is that the experience of boarding at St Olave’s provides learning in the round where every pupil can:
- feel they belong and are accepted
- grow in confidence and be confident about being authentically individual
- value other people and feel valued by others
- be free from attitudes which are prejudiced or discriminatory
- be treated fairly with clearly communicated and consistently applied boundaries
- develop a sense of fair play and generosity of spirit
- feel able to speak with honesty and conviction
- feel supported and listened to carefully and openly
- develop a sense of responsibility and independence in preparation for the future
Boarding houses are regarded as a boarder’s home within school. They are places which provide opportunities for quiet purposeful study as well as recreation and relaxation with friends across the year groups and other houses. Pupils are accommodated in small dorms or in single or double rooms in the Sixth Form.
The senior Houses have the capacity to accommodate between around thirty and forty five boarders which means they are small enough for every boarder to be known well but large enough to compete in any inter-house competition with a winning chance. Team spirit and house loyalty are cultivated enthusiastically!
Experienced and committed House parents act ‘in loco parentis’ for the boarders in their care. They live in the House and are supported fully by resident assistants, ‘visiting’ tutors and a Matron.
We expect to work in partnership with parents, communicating easily and effectively about the joys and triumphs of teenage life as well as the challenges and stresses.
Boarders have many people on hand to look after them. The Sanatorium is staffed 24 hours a day. There is also a School Chaplain, an independent listener and a School counsellor to whom boarders may refer.