The boarding department at Copthorne aims to provide a home away from home for your son or daughter. We create a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all boarders; a place in which they can relax and enjoy being with friends in a safe and secure environment.
The boarding accommodation is situated in the main school building and consists of Girls and Boys wings of five dormitories in total. The newly-refurbished boarders’ sitting room provides an excellent area for rest and relaxation at the end of the school day or catching up with family and friends by email.
Weekly boarding operates from Monday to Thursday night and caters for parents who live slightly further away, work long hours or simply lead very busy lives. Children are well looked after during the week but parents have them home at the weekends for quality family time. We also offer Hotel Boarding which provides complete flexibility, enabling children to stay from one night to the full boarding week. Hotel Boarding is a popular choice after late returns from sports fixtures or play rehearsals as well as a very convenient solution for parents who occasionally have to work away. Senior children also often find it beneficial to board in their final year at Copthorne, especially if they intend to board at their chosen Public School.
After supper, boarders return to the boarding house and, after a quick change, settle down to prep or some free time – depending on their year group. Activities are the focus of the evening and the children enjoy a choice of different entertainments each night of the week. Regular ‘special boarding events’ are held where the boarders head away from school to enjoy anything from Laser Hub to watching the Ice Hockey in Guildford. These events prove very popular and often swell the number of boarders to capacity.
Resident staff supervise all facets of boarding life and with two boarding masters, two matrons and four gap students the children are well catered for.
Booking a bed in boarding couldn’t be simpler. Once you have chosen the dates you wish your son or daughter to stay, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with details and we will book a bed for your child – just like a hotel. The same procedure can be used at the last minute, however booking ahead is to be advised to ensure a bed is available. Please direct any queries about boarding to David Jenkins (Head of Boarding) at the same email address.