The house system delivers outstanding individual care. Living in every boarding house is a Housemaster or Housemistress and their family, an Assistant and a Matron. In addition, each house has up to four non-residential tutors. The day houses for girls and boys have the same pastoral structure, with the Housemaster or Housemistress living in the house or close by.
There are academic lessons on Saturday mornings for boarders and day pupils, with sports fixtures against other schools for most pupils in the afternoon. Boarders are encouraged to take part in any weekend activities or trips organised by the Houses. Pupils and parents with no previous experience of this kind of routine soon come to appreciate the benefits of the School’s full programme of sporting, cultural and recreational opportunities. Inter-House competitions in sport, music, art, drama and debating are all keenly contested, though always in good spirit.
There is no restriction on full boarders going out with parents or guardians on a Sunday, unless they have commitments to fulfil. Apart from official quarter and half-term breaks, boarders may also go home (or to a guardian), by prior arrangement, after any commitment on Saturday, returning on Sunday evening. That said most boarders stay throughout the weekend and many day pupils also take advantage of the facilities available.