Routines and Life in the House

Routines

Boarding has to be appealing to children and West Hill Park boarding is very much based on feeling happy and safe, and having a lot of fun. There is a “firm, but fair” routine with time set aside for study, music practice and quiet relaxation as well as regular fun nights and special weekend activities.

A Day in the Life of a West Hill Park Boarder

  • 7.10am – Wake up
  • 7.30am – Music Practice
  • 7.50am – Breakfast
  • 8.15am – Go to School
  • 5.50pm – Finish prep at school.
  • 6.00pm – Boarders’ Supper
  • 6.30pm – Free time/organised activity/extra study time
  • 7.45pm/8.30pm/8.45pm – Bed time routine which varies depending on age. Shower
  • 8.00pm/8.45pm/9.00pm – Quiet reading
  • 8.15pm/9.00pm/9.15pm – Lights out

Boarders contribute to life in the House

Boarders have the opportunity to have their 'say' in regular House meetings as well as more informally at any time. Discussions are two-way and taken seriously with minutes displayed on the noticeboard and regular feedback sessions.

Each term the children are invited to a One-to-One discussion with a member of the Boarding team to discuss how things are going.

There is a representative from the Boarding House that attends School Council meetings and liaises with the Prefect body. The representative may already be a Prefect or School Council member.

Wednesday nights – are Fun Nights!

Fun nights on a Wednesdays are always popular. Recent activities have included The Egg Challenge, Lemon Jousting, Bread Making and Trafalgar Night. Early booking is essential be it Spotlight or Pizza Making . Wednesday night is also tuck night! Other activities include: chocolate bingo, beetle drives, talent competitions, walks on the beach, Burns Night… the list is endless.

Friday Night is always DVD night when everyone gets a chance to relax with some popcorn in front of a good film!

Weekends

A whole range of weekend activities take place over the term. We have visited Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures, , the Natural History Museum in London and Southsea Aquarium gone swimming at local leisure pools, had a Pony Club Weekend, played Lazerquest and climbed and abseiled at Marwell Activity Centre.

Health

The School’s Medical Centre is based within the Boarding House. We have an en-suite sickbay staffed by our School Nurse who, together with our matrons, provides around the clock care for any child who is ill or in need of some emotional support. The school doctor can be seen at the local surgery as and when necessary and we have access to a minor injuries unit locally or 30 minutes away  at either Portsmouth or Southampton Hospital.

Transport

We can help you with escorted journeys to and from Southampton, Heathrow or Gatwick airports and by train to or from most destinations calling at Southampton Parkway or Portsmouth Stations. The school also has a local bus service which is available on Monday mornings. Please contact the House Parents for more details.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or would like a tour of the boarding facilities, please do not hesitate to contact the Boarding House by phone or email. boarding@westhillpark.com