Our Boarding Houses
Rockies House (Junior Boys and Girls)
The Junior Boarding House is for boys in Years 3 – 5 and girls in Years 3 – 6. The girls and boys are separated by a landing but share common room and communal areas. We are flexible in our approach to boarding from Year 3 – 6 to meet the needs of the children and their families.
The boarding house is run very much as an extension to our own family, indeed our own children attend Sandroyd as pupils. We want the children to treat the boarding house as their home and so the activities and resources within the house are very much based around what the children want. This could be playing a board game, watching a family film whilst munching popcorn, playing ‘hide and seek’ or listening to one of our members of staff read a quiet story. We have a wonderful support network of staff within the house which includes a number of Sandroyd and The Walled Garden staff, our matron team and the Gap Students.
The boys are split across three dorms and the girls also have three dorms. This is where they can make it their ‘home from home’, by having their own duvet covers, toys, photos and posters.
Rockies Houseparents: Mr and Mrs Holbrook
Atlas House (Middle Boys')
The Middle Boys House is for Year 6 and 7 boys and is located in the main school building. Year 6 remains very flexible in terms of boarding commitment however it is during their time in this house that the transition from flexi to full boarding in Year 7 takes place (if they haven’t already become full boarders!). The boys are split between 5 dormitories. two for Year 6 and three for the full boarders of Year 7, with numerous facilities available.
Every evening the boys can relax in their dormitories, play card games, board games, Playstation, pool, table tennis, watch television or enjoy some quiet time reading and socialising in our communal areas.
We have an excellent network of matrons and support staff who all help in making the middle boys boarding a fun and friendly environment for all. With three young children of our own we know and appreciate the importance of providing a safe and happy atmosphere for children to thrive in.
Atlas Houseparents: Mr and Mrs Irving
Alaska House (Senior Girls')
Alaska House is for girls in Years 7 and 8. This house continues to build on the family values that Sandroyd and the other boarding houses are based. The Year 8s are given more freedom, with a later ‘upstairs’ time than the Year 7s and the opportunity to have toast and snacks in the evening.
The girls have their own kitchen area with a toaster, microwave, kettle, fridge and dishwasher, as well as a Common Room with a television, DVD player, board games and reading books. In Year 8, girls could be in either two or three bed dormitories.
The rules in the Senior Wing are adapted to reflect the age group of the children, and to ensure they are absolutely ready for boarding at their senior schools.
We have a fantastic array of support staff who work with us in Alaska House, including our matrons, our Gap Students and the academic staff who are on duty in the evening.
The Senior Wing is great fun, but also a vital stepping stone from prep school to senior school.
Alaska Houseparent: Madame Bradbury
Alaska Deputy Houseparent: Miss Turner
Himalayas House (Senior Boys')
The Senior Boys' Boarding House is for boys in Year 8. For their final year, the boys are given more freedom, with a later ‘upstairs’ than the younger children along with other privileges. The aim of the environment created in Himalayas House is to recreate the boarding House environment in Year 9 of the boys' Senior Schools. As such, there is a kitchen area where boys can prepare their own snacks in the evenings.
The rules in the Senior Wing are adapted to reflect the age group of the children and indeed to ensure they are absolutely ready for boarding at their Senior Schools.
We have a fantastic array of support staff who work in the house, including our matrons, our Gap Students and a selection of academic staff who do evening duties.
The Senior Wing is great fun, but also a vital stepping stone from Prep school to Senior School.
Himalayas Houseparents: Mr and Mrs Lyddon