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You may have many questions about Boarding at Read, and below we've tried to answer a few questions that come up regularly. 

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.  

What activities are there to do on a Weekend?

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.  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

What happens if I feel ill?

Our medical centre or residential 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 Boarding Houses in the evenings and you are allowed use of your phone before bed time.

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.


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