Woldingham has the perfect balance of day and boarding girls and offers flexible boarding options to suit all families.

Boarding

Boarding in an all-girls environment at Woldingham is fantastic. It really is a place where you can learn to ‘write your own story’.

The beauty and peace of our amazing school in the Surrey Hills is the perfect place to board. You will study with teachers who inspire and motivate in first rate classrooms and labs. You'll live and learn alongside fellow students from the UK and around the world. You'll leave Woldingham with confidence, compassion and courage, ready to take your place in the world.

Boarding at Woldingham will help you learn about yourself, make plans for your future and career ahead. You'll achieve the exam results to meet your goals and gain valuable work skills. You’ll be able to try the most amazing range of activities, drama and sports. You’ll learn resilience, tolerance and understanding. We’ll focus on your wellbeing and making a positive impact, not just at school, but throughout your life.

Woldingham offers flexible boarding options to suit all families. Girls live in year groups, with facilities that are right for each age, helping you make lifelong friends.

Full Boarding

Full Boarding

Students love to board at Woldingham. Some girls board throughout their time at Woldingham and others move from being a day student to boarding as they go up the school. Living with your own year group in comfortable and well-equipped boarding houses, there is a great sense of community.

Our fantastic and experienced team of housemistresses are available round the clock offering support, care and guidance and really understand how to help new girls settle in quickly and make the most of school life.

Both full and weekly boarding options are available throughout the school. Flexiboarding is available for up to two night a week and is a great introduction to boarding.

Flexiboarding

Day students of all year groups have the opportunity to flexiboard.

  • Please express an interest for one or two nights (these will be the same nights each week).
  • Flexiboarders stay in the same room each week.
  • Flexiboarders do not need to bring in their own bed linen as it will be cleaned by the school.
  • Flexiboarding is offered subject to availability. Where places are fully allocated a waiting list will operate.
  • Flexiboarding is charged irrespective of whether the flexiboarder uses her bed every night she has signed up for. The charge for the academic year 2020-2021 is £64 per night.
  • Flexiboarders only have access to their bedroom on the nights they are signed up to flexiboard. They will not have free access to the room at other times in the week.
Flexiboarding

Boarding Houses

Marden House is home for younger girls in Years 7 and 8. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 love the tradition of living in our historical 19th century Main House right in the centre of school. Sixth Form boarders,  living in Berwick House and Shanley House, take on greater responsibilities and play an important role in shaping the character of Woldingham.

All boarding houses are a home from home, with Wi-Fi, comfortable common rooms, televisions and games. Boarders eat lunch and supper in our whole school dining room. Snacks, such as fruit and toast, are provided in the evenings.

Each year group is cared for by a dedicated Head of Year, housemistress and assistant housemistress. They get to know each boarder and help create a busy and happy community where girls feel secure and cared for.

Marden – Years 7 and 8

Our boarders in Year 7 and 8 are based in Marden House, perfected located opposite the outdoor play area, which is very popular with our younger students.  Girls from the same year share rooms in groups of four.

In Marden’s warm and friendly atmosphere, girls soon make new friends in shared rooms with other boarders from the same year. Girls love the fun and excitement that comes with sharing new experiences and settling into a new school.

Girls joining in Year 7 are mentored by Year 8 students, who share their own recent experience of joining Woldingham. Sixth Formers act as ‘big sisters’, often arranging special activities for them in the Sixth Form Houses, which are next door.

Combined tutor groups in Year 7 and 8 help foster a real sense of community and great friendships are formed among all girls whether they are day or boarders. 

Marden – Years 7 and 8
Main House – Years 9, 10 and 11

Main House – Years 9, 10 and 11

Boarders in Years 9, 10 and 11 love the traditional surroundings of Main House, Woldingham's 19th century mansion house and the adjacent quad, which are right in the middle of the school.

Year 9 students continue to share bedrooms. In Years 10 and 11 each student has her own individual study bedroom, which is ideal for those wanting quiet space for study, reading or just time on her own. After all, renowned early 20th century writer Virgina Woolf wrote that a ‘Room of One’s Own’  is essential for any aspiring female writer. 

Boarders continue to have meals together and there are small kitchens where girls can make snacks and hot drinks. There are also well equipped and comfortable common rooms for socialising and events in the evenings and weekends.

Berwick House and Shanley House – Sixth Form

Students in the Sixth Form live in purpose-built accommodation, providing the perfect transition from school to university. 

Lower Sixth boarders live in Berwick House, where they have their own study bedroom with a laundry area, kitchens, common rooms, an IT suite and study areas.

In Upper Sixth, students move to Shanley House, where their study bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom. The Shanley has its own common room, IT and study areas.

Sixth Formers also have two wellness rooms and day and boarding Sixth Formers share the popular coffee bar in Main House.

Berwick House and Shanley House – Sixth Form
Weekends for boarders

Weekends for boarders

A fantastic range of weekend activies are held every weekend.  Friday nights are also special with Friday night pizza a highlight.

As girls move through the school, boarders get more independence. From Year 9 upwards girls can visit our local country town, Oxted, which has a cinema, shops and cafes. Students must be in groups of at least three and our school drivers take the girls to and from the station. Sixth Form boarders have even more independence taking the opportunity to visit London enjoying the city's world renowned galleries and museums as well as taking the opportunity to do some shopping.

 

On Saturday mornings, many students - both day and boarders – take part in team sports. Unless they are playing sport, all boarders in Year 7-10 participate in Saturday Active, which includes activities such as roller skating, Pilates, cake decorating, photoshop and circus skills.

On Saturday afternoons and Sundays, we plan a range of trips - a carefully considered programme of cultural, active and ‘family’ activities. Cultural trips include visits to historic places and exhibitions where the girls can learn more about British heritage. Active trips, such as water sports and trampolining, allow girls to try something new and challenge themselves while having fun with their peers. ‘Family trips’ provide girls with a typical family outing such as a meal out, cinema or bowling.

Music and drama rehearsals and whole school events also take place on some weekends. The school puts on three major drama productions and three major concerts a year, and many girls get involved front or backstage. Students also have numerous opportunities to take part in smaller musical ensembles, choirs and recitals. Some of these rehearsals will take place at weekends.

House and school events are an important way to bring the community together and are hugely popular. Highlights include the House Festival, House Drama, Bonfire Night, Foundation Day and Sports Day.

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The school day for boarders

Life at Woldingham is busy, lively and varied. All students are encouraged to have a go at any of the many activities on offer. A typical day for a boarder might look like this:

7.00am

Rise

7.30 - 8.00am

Breakfast

8.00 - 8.30am

Bed making, tidying rooms, preparing for the day ahead

By 8:30am

Day girls arrive

8.30am

Registration at tutor period or assembly

8.55 – 10.50 am

Lessons 1 and 2

10.50 - 11.10am

Break

11.10am – 1.05pm

Lessons 3 and 4

1.05 - 2.05pm

Lunch

2.05 - 4.00pm

Lessons 5 and 6

4.00 - 4.30pm

Tea, Day girls free to go home

4.30 - 6.30pm

Co-curricular activities, optional supervised study, music practice, free time

6.00 - 7.00pm

Supper

7.00 - 9.00pm

Supervised study, earlier finish for years 7 to 9

From 9.00pm

Quiet time in boarding areas, get ready for bed

We have a flexible approach to weekends and students are free to take an exeat from 4.00pm on Friday unless they have a commitment to an activity. Boarders who leave for a weekend can choose to return on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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The school day for boarders