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

Day

Day

Day girls have the option to travel to school by train, one of our school minibuses, or by car.

Day girls are welcome to join in any of the evening or weekend clubs and many stay later after school to take part in extra-curricular activities or further study before returning home.

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.

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Flexiboarding

Boarding

Boarding at Woldingham offers girls a wonderfully rich and rounded education. Academic studies are balanced with plenty of music, drama and sport alongside a huge variety of activities and trips. Our care of the girls is outstanding, and our flexible approach is a huge positive for modern family life.

Younger girls have shared bedrooms, with individual bedrooms for girls from Year 10 onwards.

Boarders come from both the UK and overseas. Our global community is of great importance to us. All students learn respect and tolerance, are introduced to a range of cultures and are well prepared for the increasingly global careers market ahead of them.

Full and Weekly Boarding

Full and Weekly Boarding

Boarding is an integral part of life at Woldingham and there is a great sense of community among our boarders. Housemistresses offer support, care and guidance from the moment students join as a boarder to the time they leave.

Boarders live with their own year group in comfortable and well-equipped boarding houses. Our experienced staff understand how to help girls settle in quickly and make the most of school life. Both full and weekly boarding options are available throughout the school.

Boarding Houses

Marden House is home for Years 7 and 8. Girls in Years 9, 10 and 11 live in Main House. Sixth Form boarders, who live 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 boarding houses for the evenings. Each year group is cared for by a Head of Year, a Housemistress and an 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

Marden House is home to our youngest boarders in Years 7 and 8. Girls from the same year share rooms in groups of four.

In Marden’s warm and friendly atmosphere, girls soon make new friends. Combined tutor groups in Years 7 and 8 help foster a real sense of community.

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

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

Main House – Years 9, 10 and 11

In Year 9 students continue to share bedrooms. From Year 10 upwards each student has her own individual study bedroom.

There are small kitchens where girls can make snacks and hot drinks.

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 and study areas. In Upper Sixth, students move to Shanley House, where their study bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom.

Sixth Formers also have two wellness rooms and a popular coffee bar in Main House.

Berwick House and Shanley House – Sixth Form
Weekends for boarders

Weekends for boarders

For boarders, life at Woldingham is home from home. Weekends are active and varied. From Year 9 upwards boarders can visit our local country town, Oxted, which has a cinema, shops and coffee bars. Students must be in groups of at least three and our school drivers will take the girls to and from the station.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, a wide range of activities are organised. This can include visits to the cinema, games and pizza nights.

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