Boarding Statement of intent
The Boarding Charter defines how students and staff promote a kinder and more connected community.
a non-selective Boarding School
Gordon’s combines 'outstanding' boarding provision alongside some of the very best education in the country. Consistently in the top 1% of schools in England and Wales for academic achievement, Gordon's offers a first-rate education coupled with the very best pastoral care and co-curricular activity programme. At Gordon's the combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable, nurturing and caring boarding community enables students to make the most of their talents and abilities. Boarding is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, please see bottom of page for the latest Ofsted Boarding Inspection Report.
The Pastoral System
Pastoral care at Gordon’s is provided by a dedicated, highly skilled and experienced team of staff. Each student is allocated to a House – there are five Residential Houses and six Day Houses. Each Residential House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by a House Assistant, House Tutors and Graduate Tutors, whilst Day Houses are led by a Head of House, a House Assistant and a team of Tutors. Houseparents and Heads of Houses are responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their students and for monitoring their academic and personal development. The Houses are the centre of a student’s life within the school and are instrumental in fostering a sense of community at Gordon’s. Students tell us that they enjoy socialising and participating in House activities, particularly the annual Inter-House competitions. Parents are encouraged to maintain close links with their child’s Houseparents and can contact them directly at any time.
Accommodation for Residential Boarders is provided in five separate Houses, each with its own individual family atmosphere. There are two boys' Houses, two girls' Houses, and one Year 7 only House to help younger students adapt to boarding and benefit from more age-appropriate pastoral care and support. Each House is led by resident Houseparents assisted by House Tutors. Extensive recreational activities contribute to creating a thriving, caring and friendly atmosphere and there are always a wide range of activities on offer in the evenings and at weekends including theatre trips, outings and a great deal of sport.
At Gordon’s, the lives of Day Boarders and Residential Boarders are inextricably linked. All students take part in our extended day which comprises an activities programme which runs from 3.55pm to 4.55pm and Saturday morning activities. Day Boarders can eat their evening meal in school followed by supervised prep from 6.00pm to 7.30pm – a resource which is invaluable in supporting students’ academic progress.