BOARDING

Boarders working togetherThere are two boarding houses at Peter Symonds College: Falkland Lodge and School House which are both co-educational. Both houses are on the campus itself. Falkland Lodge was opened in September 1998 and provides accommodation in single or twin-bedded rooms while School House is a handsome Victorian building in which students share 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms.

As a boarder you will meet students from a variety of backgrounds. Many have parents in the Forces and the College provides sixth form education for the Falkland Islands.

The college has two boarding houses:

  • Falkland Lodge
    Falkland LodgeSituated on the edge of the campus next to the sports fields, Falkland Lodge is a 47 bed co-ed boarding house with 15 single and 16 double rooms, all with ensuite facilities. Opened in 1998 by the Duke of York, it also has two separate computer rooms, one large and two small TV lounges, a kitchen and its own laundry.
  • School House
    School HouseBuilt in 1908 for the first Headmaster of the college, Telford Varley, this is a fine Victorian building just a stone’s throw from all the college resources. Housing 31 students in single, double and triple rooms, it has one floor for boys only and one for girls. Its facilities include a large common room with TV, games and pool table, a kitchen, laundry and separate computer-equipped study room.

Life as a Boarder

The accomodation in each house is centrally heated and well maintained. The houseparents live in the house and are supported by day houseparents, assistant houseparents and cleaners.

All our boarders eat together in the college refectory and may also make snacks in the boarding house kitchens. You have the use of the LRC (Learning Resource Centre) and IT suite until 8.30pm Monday to Thursday and there are also opportunities to have supervised sessions in the multigym and sports hall. You will do your own personal laundry and look after your own financial affairs.

During the working week the houses are kept quiet for study from 9.30am to 10.30am and 6.30pm to 8.30pm. They are closed to students between 10.40am to 12.30pm when they are cleaned.

You will be free to go out as you wish during the day and evening but will be expected to return to the housesby 10.20pm and be upstairs and quiet by 11.00pm. At weekends you may stay out until 11pm. Visitors are welcome at certain times as approved by staff.

The boarding houses close on the last day of term or half term and remain closed for the duration of these holidays. They re-open on the afternoon of the day before the start of lessons. There is also an exeat weekend which coincides with the May Day holiday when you are expected to vacate the houses between 5.00pm on the Friday and 6.00pm on the Monday (Bank Holiday). You are required to have a guardian/relative in the UK who will accomodate you at these times if you are unable to travel home.

Boarding Fees

The boarding fees for September 2013/14 were £12,204 per annum for Falkland Lodge and £11,370 for School House. The rooms in Falkland Lodge have en-suite facilities, hence the higher charge. Fees for 2014/15 will be published in due course. If your son or daughter is offered a boarding place, we will then ask for a deposit of £500 which will only be considered for refund once they have completed their studies here.

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