The overall quality of boarding provision and care is excellent. A strong sense of community exists among the pupils and boarders feel an essential part of the school.
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Boarding is a key feature of life at Kingswood School, and the boarders are seen as the heartbeat of the community. Our staff are extremely experienced in looking after children, some of whom are a long way from home, and helping them settle, develop and become more independent while still feeling the support of the community. Pupils at Kingswood come to see their boarding house as their second home.
We have seven Houses, six of which are boarding houses and all are situated on our beautiful campus amidst comfortable and relaxed surroundings. Kingswood offers excellent facilities, plenty of good food and a variety of activities for boarders to enjoy. Kingswood’s above-and-beyond pastoral care and boarding provision were both recognised as ‘excellent’ in 2015 in the most recent ISI inspection.
The majority of boarders at Kingswood are full boarders and from the UK, but we welcome boarders from overseas and celebrate our rich and diverse boarding community. Weekly and flexi boarding options are available.
Boarding activities are run on site weekly for all pupils and range from early morning yoga, swimming, tennis and cricket (in season), to evening floodlit hockey or tennis. During the school day, opportunities are available for students to take advantage of creative, sporting, musical and health outlets.
At the weekends, boarders at Kingswood have enjoyed organised trips to theme parks, Harry Potter World, Longleat, Cotswold Water Park, Air Hop Trampoline Park, Swindon Oasis, Hidden Woods and activities such as bowling and shopping. We also organise in-house activities, including games. The Music and Art blocks are also available for anyone who wants a bit of extra practice.
Westwood is the boarding house for pupils in the Lower School at Kingswood. It is the only boarding house at the School that is home to both boys and girls. Westwood currently has 181 day pupils and 33 boarders.
Mr Duke is Westwood Boarding Housemaster, and he is supported by Mrs Curtis who is Westwood Senior Resident Assistant Boarding Housemistress and also Assistant Head of Lower School, and Mr Thatcher who is Westwood Resident Assistant Boarding Housemaster. All positively encourage each child to develop his or her potential to the full.
They are supported by Mr Walker, Mrs Francis, Mr Gordon, Mr Newbould, Miss Martin and Miss Le Monier who do evening duties during the week.
Fonthill House was built more than 100 years ago and is currently home to 29 boarders. 61 day pupils are also in Fonthill House.
Mrs Mainwairing is the Senior Housemistress of Fonthill House, and she is supported by Miss Moore who is Resident Assistant Housemistress. They are supported by Miss Morris and Mrs Gardener who do evening duties during the week.
School House is a boarding house for girls in Years 9-13, with 18 boarders and 72 day pupils.
School House is the only one of the boarding houses at Kingswood that is located in the main School building.
Miss Paver is the Senior Housemistress of School House, and she is supported by Resident Assistant Housemistress Miss Sutherland. They are assisted by Miss Rolfe and Miss Bond who do evening duties during the week.
You can keep up to date with what the boarders in School House are up to by visiting their blog.
Summerhill is a boarding house for girls in Years 9 -13. Summerhill is currently home to 28 boarders and has 63 day pupils.
Mrs Matthews is the Senior Housemistress of Summerhill and lives in the House with her husband, Mr Matthews. Miss Elliott is the Resident Assistant Housemistress, with Miss Wilson and Miss Wormald doing evening duty during the week.
Hall House, which was founded in 1895, was located in the heart of the School but moved into a brand-new, purpose-built boarding house in 2014. 43 pupils currently board at Hall House and there are 65 day pupils.
Hall House's Senior Housemaster is Mr Harding, who lives in the House with his wife, Mrs Harding who teaches at Kingswood Prep School. They are supported by Mr Chua, who is Resident Assistant Housemaster, and Mr Reeman.
Middle House, which was founded in 1895, is a boarding house for 40 boarders and 71 day pupils.
Mr Smyth is the Senior Housemaster of Middle House, where he lives with his wife, Mrs Smyth, who teaches Biology. Mr Smyth is supported by Resident Assistant Housemaster Mr Webb and Mr Allchorne.
To see what has been happening at Upper House recently, please visit the Upper House blog.
Upper House is a day house for 98 boys in Years 9-13 and is located in the Piazza, in the heart of the main school. The House is a social area for the boys to relax in and it is also where their lockers are to be found. The House is twinned with School House.
Mr White is Senior Housemaster of Upper House, and he is supported by Mr Stuttard who is Assistant Housemaster.
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