Boarding at Shebbear builds confidence, friendships and develops independence – as well as being a lot of fun! We offer full, weekly and flexi boarding to girls and boys from the ages of 8 - 18 and welcome pupils from across the UK and all over the world.
We have two boarding houses - Pollard for the boys and Ruddle for the girls. Each house has its own unique identity but both have the same warm, friendly atmosphere, which you can feel as soon as you walk in. Pupils feel happy, safe and secure and there is always someone to turn to for help, advice or just a chat.
Firm friendships are made for life as pupils share the highs and lows of their lives together.
Our boarders all have a Houseparent and a Matron who are responsible for their academic, pastoral and social welfare, giving them the security of a family environment whilst at the same time enjoying the freedom to grow and mature. Our boarding staff are very much part of the family, and our pupils form close bonds with them. They provide an additional role model for boarders and help them to build confidence and independence away from home.
We offer a modern take on boarding and try to be as flexible as possible so that families can tailor boarding to suit their needs with weekly or flexi options. Normally, pupils commit to certain days, however it is sometimes possible to accommodate ad hoc requests, depending on numbers. Some of our boarders come from far afield but some of our older pupils live locally, yet choose to board as they find it easier to revise and prepare for exams within the structure and routine of the boarding house, where they know they can ask for support when the need arises.
A Typical Evening
At 4.45pm, school activities end and the boarders change into home clothes ready for a faculty enrichment activity from 5pm - 6pm. A wide range of activities in Music, Drama, Sport and Art are offered and pupils can make the most of the school facilities. Tea is at 6pm in the dining hall and after this, everyone has a session of quiet time until 7pm. This gives our younger pupils the opportunity to do their prep, whilst others can read or just relax with their friends.
From 7.15pm - 8.15am pupils in Form 1 (Year 7) and above have an hour of Prep time. They can also meet with their Academic Tutor to discuss work and their general progress. Once they have finished their Prep they then have free time until heading back to the boarding house before bedtime.
The weekend activities programme is full and varied, meaning that there is rarely a moment where boarders can feel lonely or bored. Saturday sports fixtures take place each week as well as planned enrichment activities and House competitions so that there is something for everyone to join in with. Weekend activities include music, drama, art, design technology, cookery, swimming, golf, debating, chess, squash, badminton and a range of other sports including gym sessions.
Trips are planned regularly which all boarders are encouraged to attend. These include horse riding, trips to the beach for surfing and water sports, theatre trips, day trips to a theme park, climbing, go-karting, paintballing, cinema trips, bowling, shopping, ice skating and camping.