Overview

Boarding

West Hill Park is one of the few remaining, traditional, Boarding Prep Schools in Hampshire and offers a full weekend programme to support the long distance pupils as well as more flexible boarding options for local children.

Boarding at West Hill Park is about providing a home from home whether for one night, a week or for a term. The Boarding House provides a supportive and caring environment for pupils to spend time with their friends enjoying a range of activities and trips.  Boarding at Prep School will increase your child’s independence whilst preparing them for boarding life at Senior School.

Ofsted inspected our Boarding, health and welfare provision in June 2010. The report gives Boarding at West Hill Park an overall quality rating of ‘outstanding’ which is defined as ‘of exceptionally high quality’ and understandably we are extremely proud of this outcome. Health care, catering and the strong leadership of the school were all specifically mentioned. The Boarding ethos of the school is described as professional but also relaxed, open and homely with an emphasis placed on respecting each other and showing courtesy and good manners to everyone. If you would like to read the full report for yourself please click on the link below.

Facilities and Accommodation

The Boarding House can accommodate up to 50 full or flexi boarders. We have dormitories with between 3 and 8 beds and plenty of shower and washroom facilities. There is a rolling programme of refurbishment to ensure that the dormitories remain comfortable and welcoming. The boys and girls sleep in separate ‘wings’ of the Boarding House and a member of staff is based in each wing.

There is a range of communal areas in which the children can relax and unwind with their friends. There is a ‘Den’ where children can play pool, use the computers, play table football, watch television or a DVD or even just sit and play games with their friends. The recently refurbished Matrons’ Sitting Room provides a focal point for pupils to gather and talk about their day and also provides a kitchen area for the preparation of small snacks and drinks. The Boarders also have access to a Study for quiet work, a recreational area in the Cellars and to the extensive grounds and sports facilities of the school.

Location

Our Boarding Prep School is located in Hampshire, on the south coast between Southampton and Portsmouth, we are close to main line stations with links to London Waterloo (70 mins). 20 mins from Southampton Airport and 70 mins from the London airports, Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton.