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Read School Boarding

Modern Boarding For Boys and Girls
Read School Norfolk House Boarding

Norfolk House for Boys

Read School Selden House Boarding

Selden House for Girls

Read School Boarding Activities

Boarding Activities

Boarding Medical Care

Boarding for Overseas Students


Modern boarding at Read School is an increasingly popular and enjoyable experience for many boys and girls.

Our boarding school community is firmly at the ‘heart’ of The Read School.  Boarders play a full part in the life of the school and their presence in the evenings and at weekends provides important continuity on the campus.

Boarding is an enjoyable experience, full of opportunities for discovery and personal development. Each boarder is given the space and support to develop individual interests and talents as well as the chance to discover both the pleasures and responsibilities of living as a member of a community – a community that is friendly, homely, relaxed and caring.  Boarding allows young people to focus on their work as well as their extra-curricular activities. They can be with their friends, have fun and develop into independent individuals who can confidently make their way in the world.

Read School welcomes applications from both the UK and overseas and this mix of nationalities and backgrounds enhances the experience of boarding and extends the ethos of the diverse cultures in to the wider school community.

– Now TV, Pool table, Table football and an Xbox.

– Sundays consist of trips across Yorkshire offering a wide array of different activities.

We are happy to provide not only full or weekly boarding, but also flexi or occasional boarding, where we can help with caring for your children when the unexpected business trip crops up, in a family emergency, or just for parents to have a break away, without the children.

This is a caring environment with a flexible approach to all our pupils’ needs.  Boarding gives an opportunity to work hard and to play hard – home comforts without the need to travel!

Read School Norfolk House Boarding

The boarding boys live on the main school site in Norfolk House.

Norfolk House is modern, purpose-built accommodation, comprising of mostly twin rooms with single rooms available for Sixth Formers and prefects.

Bedrooms are well equipped with storage and study areas, and the boys may personalise their rooms if they wish.  Linen is provided by the school but boys may prefer to bring their own personal bed linen.  Modern bathroom and shower facilities are available along with a recently refurbished kitchen for making snacks in the evenings and at the weekends.  There is a large common room with up to date facilities for leisure time, including large screen TV with Sky box, pool table, Wi-Fi and various games consoles.

From the start, the boys are members of our friendly community and they quickly learn to support one another.  The boys themselves play a vital role in running the house, and have every opportunity to develop skills of leadership and a sense of responsibility and sympathy to the needs of others.

Each new boy (particularly juniors) is paired up with a ‘buddy’ when they arrive who shows them where everything is and helps him to settle in.  The boys are well supported and the houses are run by a team dedicated to the pastoral care of each pupil.

Read School Selden House Boarding

Our boarding girls also live on the main school site in Selden House.

Selden House is part of the older buildings of the school and is an exciting new development within boarding for the girls to be housed here.

A massive programme of refurbishment has taken place over the summer of 2015, modernising current provision, and the girls are now enjoying

Bedrooms are well equipped with storage and study areas, and the girls may personalise their rooms if they wish.  Older girls and prefects may have the chance of single study bedrooms whilst younger girls share, usually with two or three others.  Linen is provided by the school but girls may prefer to bring their own personal bed linen. The house also boasts modern bathroom and shower facilities and a cosy common room, where the girls can gather in the evenings to chat, watch TV or play games.

Please visit the Galleries page to see the new accommodation by clicking here.

Read School Boarding Activities

A busy variety of activities are an integral part of boarding here at Read.

We balance the need to study with the need to develop skills and experiences whilst enjoying ourselves.

All our pupils have full use of the school facilities outside of school hours.This may be to do homework in the ICT suite, play football on the Astroturf pitch or badminton in the Sports Hall, trampolining, swimming or just relaxing in the common rooms.

Most boarding pupils will be taking part in school sports fixtures on Saturdays, but Sunday is generally a day for rest and recreation and a wide and varied spectrum of activities is provided.  Boarding pupils are expected to attend a church service on the first and third Sundays in each month, at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Drax village.

Non-Church Sundays and Church Sunday afternoons are then given over to the activities mentioned.

Activities and excursions, depending on the time of year, may include:

• Zumba • Horse Riding • Halloween party • Christmas Party • Pool Tournaments • Pantomimes • Shopping • Swimming • Air Hockey Tournaments • Music Quizzes • Pamper Nights • Laser Quest • Paint Balling • Seaside visits • Film Nights • Team Building • Themed dinner nights • BBQs • Bowling • Cinema • Christmas Shopping Trips

Read School Medical Care Boarding

All our boarding pupils are registered with the local doctors’ surgery and medical issues are dealt with in-house from a well-equipped First Aid Centre and appropriately qualified staff.

We are also able to help with arranging dental and orthodontic appointments and eyesight tests.  The school also employs the services of a fully qualified counsellor.

Read School Overseas Boarders Boarding

At Read we welcome pupils from both the UK and overseas, and this mix of nationalities and backgrounds enhances the experience of boarding and extends the ethos of these diverse cultures into the wider school community.

We offer a happy, caring environment where every child feels secure and valued, giving them the chance to learn valuable life skills and grow in confidence, whilst learning a new language. We are experienced in ensuring that the often difficult transition period between home and school, is accomplished smoothly and happily for all concerned.

Our overseas pupils come from a diverse range of countries. Currently, and in the recent past, we have had pupils from as far afield as Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Macao, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Ukraine, Germany, Indonesia, Nigeria, France and Spain.  They enjoy the small family atmosphere and do very well here.

Theme nights are a regular feature in the school dining room, when pupils are treated to a taste of different cultures around the world, ranging from Mexican to Thai, from American to Chinese.


All overseas pupils must have a guardian appointed in the UK.  If parents do not have a suitable adult they can nominate to act as a guardian for their children, then the school has close dealings with a number of agencies who assist in the allocation of suitable guardians; please contact us for more information.  The school will not permit any half term/end of term arrangements to involve anyone other than our designated drivers or registered guardians.

We are happy to arrange transport to and from the airport, with escorts, for all our overseas pupils.  There are no formal exeat weekends.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Extra English lessons are provided by our EAL department, which offers support socially as well as academically.  Lessons can be taken individually or in a small class with three or four other pupils.  All our pupils are prepared for both PET and IELTS examinations at the appropriate times.

Q & A

What can I do to relax in the boarding house?

Lots!  In Norfolk House there is a large screen television with Sky TV, Playstation, pool table, computers to play games on and an array of board games.  There is lots of space outside to run about in, play football, cricket, rounders and tennis.  We even have a trampoline!

What happens if I feel ill?

Any member of staff will help you.  All residential staff are first aid trained and can administer simple home remedies such as paracetamol etc, but if you need extra care, we will take you to the local doctors’ surgery, with which we have excellent strong links.  Of course, if you need to, we will arrange for you to go home.

Can I speak to my parents?

Yes, of course.  Your parents can phone the Houses in the evenings and there are call boxes in all three Houses.  You can also use your mobile, if you have one, or Skype your parents from your laptop.

How many others will I be sharing with?

It depends how old you are, but our younger boarders are usually in small dorms of two or three, whereas older pupils either share a room or even have a room to themselves, as they build up to important external examinations.  If you are coming to us as an occasional boarder, we will always try and put you with someone you know from class.

What do I do if I feel homesick?

Everyone wonders if they will feel homesick, but most boarders are having too much fun to notice.  If you are feeling sad, there are plenty of people you can talk to: your Housemaster or Housemistress, teachers and friends are all looking out for you.

Read has always been a boarding school. Its ethos is that of a boarding school and this informs the School’s policy, organisation and development. The School actively promotes the integration of day and boarder pupils in all areas of school life. As well as full boarding the School offers a variety of flexible arrangements as space permits.

The Read boarding community is based upon the development of the whole person in keeping with our school and Christian values. Each member of the community is treated as an individual, and with respect, by other pupils and by teachers. Although living together, teachers and boarders acknowledge the right of each other to privacy. All boarders should be able to develop physically, spiritually, morally and socially and be able to work, play and relax free from bullying. There is equality of opportunity and respect for all boarders, regardless of ethnicity, culture, gender or disability. Each boarder has the right to extend his or her intellectual growth in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and in conditions conducive to learning. Links with parents are seen as an indispensable part of the support and development of boarders.

These principles give rise to the following aims:

  • To develop a desire for truth and a respect for others
  • To provide conditions for study in an atmosphere which values effort
  • To provide a range of activities and opportunities that will assist in the personal, social and cultural development of each boarder
  • To provide accommodation that is comfortable and suited to the needs of boarders, and which provides adequate levels of privacy
  • To develop boarders’ responsibility for self, for others and for the environment. This includes contributing to the needs and welfare of others in the House, School and wider community.
  • For boarders to feel able to turn to members of Common Room to share the good things in their lives, as well as seeking advice, counselling and support during times of difficulty
  • To create an atmosphere of tolerance, openness and trust in which bullying would find difficulty in developing. Each boarder should feel confident that he or she will be treated and respected as an individual
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of all, by providing an environment that is, as far as possible, free from unacceptable physical hazards and dangers
  • To communicate frequently with parents: success as well as failure, good news as well as bad

In addition from the pupils handbooks:

  • To provide a secure, caring environment where each boarder receives the attention and support he/she needs.
  • To create an open and trusting atmosphere where each boarder learns to value truth and respect for others.
  • To make boarders feel the same confidence and comfort, as far as possible, as they do at home.
  • To provide the opportunities for each boarder to develop his/her intellectual talents.
  • To provide opportunities for each boarder to develop physically, socially, culturally, morally and spiritually.
  • To develop boarders’ qualities of leadership, ability to work as part of a team and self-responsibility.
  • To encourage boarders to integrate fully with day pupils in the life of the school.
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of each boarder, by providing an environment that is, as far as possible, free from physical hazards and dangers.
  • To provide accommodation which is comfortable and suited to the needs of boarders, according to age and maturity, and which provide sufficient levels of privacy.
  • To encourage links with parents in the support and development of their son/daughter as a boarder.


There are two boarding houses, Norfolk (Boys) and Selden House (Girls), both located on the main school site. The boarding Houses provide accommodation in small dormitories or in study bedrooms, together with a range of common room and study facilities appropriate to the age of the pupils.

Boarders’ contact with parents

Pupils in the Houses have access to a cordless telephone and, in view of the flexibility that they provide, boarders are allowed to own mobile telephones. All boarders have their own email address and access to email facilities both on weekdays and at the weekend.

Facilities and opportunities

In addition to the recreational and study facilities within the boarding Houses, boarders have access to a range of school facilities, including computers with internet access and email facilities, in the evenings and at the weekend. There is a full programme of extra-curricular activities on weekdays. Games fixtures form an important part of the weekend programme, but there are also a range of other activities, usually of an optional nature. Pupils are encouraged to choose a programme which promotes breadth and serves to introduce skills and interests which it is hoped that pupils will develop in subsequent years.

Induction to boarding

New boarders joining the school attend an induction programme and new pupils are supported by peer mentors. House routines are published and sent to the parents of all new boarders, together with a copy of the Parents’ Handbook, which outlines procedures relating to all major areas of School life. All new pupils receive a copy of the Pupils’ Handbook, which includes similar information on School rules, routines and policies. In addition, they are given written guidelines relating to expectations, administration and discipline within the House.

Leadership Opportunities in Boarding

All Houses encourage pupils to assume responsibility, either as Head of House or Deputy Head of House or by serving on House Committees. In this way, pupils are given opportunities to contribute to the life of the community and to express their views on relevant aspects of boarding provision. All pupils given responsibility as Prefects are given appropriate training, which includes the School’s bullying policy, guidance on child protection issues, how to respond to serious allegations of bullying or abuse and clear guidelines on the use of sanctions.

First Aid Centre

Boarders are expected to register as patients with the local surgery, Beech Tree in the town of Selby. The local branch of this surgery is found in the nearby village of Carlton. Pupils wishing to make appointments with a doctor of the same gender may do so through the First Aid Centre. The First Aid Centre makes appointments for pupils to see a doctor or practice nurse at the local surgery. First Aid staff will transport and accompany pupils to these appointments. Orthodontist appointments can be made during term time.  Detailed medical records are kept and the School arranges any necessary injections for boarders. The staff at the First Aid Centre are available 9.00 am until 4.30 pm each week day and may be contacted after hours for advice. The First Aid Centre takes responsibility for the administration of all prescribed medicines to boarders.

A sick bay for unwell boarders is situated between the boys’ and the girls’ accommodation. This room is cleaned immediately after an unwell boarder is deemed fit enough to return to their own room, and is then kept locked. The room is fitted with a system whereby the boarder can contact Matron in her office during the school day (between 9am and 4.30pm) should they need anything. When a boarder remains ill throughout the night, the boarding staff will liaise with Matron as to whether they need urgent medical attention or not.  If they remain on site during the night, boarding staff will continue to monitor them as needed.


The Head carries the responsibility for the welfare of all pupils and is supported in this role for boarding pupils by the Housemaster and Housemistress. Parents are encouraged to contact the Housemaster or Housemistress in the first instance if they have any concerns about their child’s welfare in the context of boarding or the boarding house. Tutors have particular responsibility for the pastoral care and academic progress of a small group of pupils. Regular tutor periods provide the opportunity for tutors to get to know their tutees well. Tutors of new pupils will contact parents shortly before half-term to discuss their child’s progress and any problems that may have arisen and to make an appointment to meet with them, if this is felt necessary. It is hoped that tutors and parents will work closely together for the benefit of pupils. Boarding pupils are encouraged to raise any problems they have with their Housemaster/mistress, Boarding Assistants, tutors or, if they so wish, any other member of Common Room.

Records are kept of the individual health and welfare needs of each boarder. These are kept on the MIS, the First Aid Centre, in Houses and in the Welfare File held by the Deputy Head. It is the responsibility of members of the Common Room to access any relevant information on the MIS.  Where a specific welfare concern is identified in relation to a particular pupil it will be discussed at the regular pastoral meetings. An action plan will be formulated that may include a welfare plan, risk assessments around pupil behaviour, referral to support services both in and outside the school. Any plan and action will be communicated to all relevant colleagues, who will then implement any actions planned.  The progress of the pupil for whom a welfare concern has been raised will then be reviewed at each subsequent pastoral meeting until such time as it is felt that the matter has been adequately resolved.

Some matters concerning the welfare needs of individual pupils will remain confidential to the Pastoral Team and those with a direct need to know.  In such cases information will not be available on the MIS or in the pupil’s file.

Laptops / Mobile Phones

In addition to the school policy and guidelines for using networked systems the Housemaster/mistress may also lock away laptops and mobile phones overnight if it is felt that these privileges are being abused through use after lights out.

Boarders at Weekends

Normal weekday rules apply. It is the pupils’ responsibility to inform the Housemaster/mistress of their movements, seeking permission where appropriate. Casual clothing may be worn at weekends and on casual visits outside the School bounds, provided pupils are sensibly dressed and look respectable. School uniform is expected to be worn for away fixtures.

For those boarders who stay on site for the whole weekend there is a programme of activities which runs throughout the year. Activities such as ten-pin bowling, ice skating, cinema trips, top football matches and local attractions attempt to provide something for all boarders. The cost of such trips can be put on the School bill although personal expenses should be provided by the boarders. We expect all boarders from Year 6 to Year 10 to attend these activities.  Boarders in Year 11 and Sixth Form have a choice as to which activity they attend. All activities and visits are supervised by staff who can attend not only to help but also to enjoy them.

It is assumed that pupils who go out for the weekends are staying with their parent or designated guardian unless alternative arrangements have been made with their Housemaster/mistress. Boarders leaving on exeat must travel directly home, if they are not being collected, and return directly to School and to their House where they must report in.  Permission to visit houses of other pupils will only be given if the Housemaster or Housemistress has received an invitation from the host parents and permission from the visitor’s parents.

John Sweetman
February 2017

Checked & Updated:
Alfie Thomlinson, Ruth Gibbins
January 2018