Stability, support, & discounts for military families
There are many children and families for whom boarding is a great choice, but for military families in particular the stability and consistency it offers are particularly welcome.
A lot of parents in the armed forces see postings taking them from place to place every few years. But while families will often move together, uprooting home doesn’t have to mean uprooting children from their schools, teachers, and friendship groups.
Discounts for military families
Here at Shaftesbury School, mindful of the particular needs of military families, we have implemented a 10% discount on boarding fees for children with a parent or guardian in the armed forces, and ask for a reduced deposit of £500 from these families.
As a state boarding school, one of just 38 in the UK, we only charge for boarding fees, with tuition fees met by the government through taxes – making Shaftesbury an attractive and more affordable option than many private boarding schools.
Military families can face unique pressures and stresses, with parents away for extended periods often in challenging and dangerous environments, so we understand that pastoral support for children from these families is incredibly important.
We not only offer consistency and continuity of education but also that all-important continuity of place and experience too, with house parents helping to create a family feel and a home-from-home atmosphere.
Boarding, by its very nature, means we get to know children really well, and can effectively support both their learning and academic progress, and their emotional and social well-being not just within the school day, but around the clock, nurturing and responding to their individual needs and interests.
A happy community
Evening and weekends here are full and fun, and the community is lively, happy, and diverse, with overseas and UK boarders sharing and learning from each other, as well as from the local day pupils.
As our boarders will tell you, they are happy here and as their teachers can confirm, at Shaftesbury School they grow in resilience and independence too. With wrap-around support and care, they can spread their wings and discover who they are, achieve their potential, and develop into kind and capable young adults too.
To learn more about joining our boarding community get in touch with our admissions officer Tracey Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 1747 852469.
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Why makes boarding at Shaftesbury School different?
When you think of a boarding school does your mind take you to the Hogwarts School of the Harry Potter books, a vast castle with its tower-top dormitories? Or maybe you think of Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers, and a world of midnight feasts, lacrosse games, and jolly hijinks? What you probably won’t think of is a state school with a boarding house – but this is what Shaftesbury School in Dorset has to offer.
Unusual yes – but not on its own. There are in fact almost 40 state boarding schools across the UK, combining free state-funded tuition and boarding accommodation– and they are becoming more and more popular.
Intrigued? Let us tell you more about our state boarding school in Dorset.
Boarding at Shaftesbury actually dates back to 1898 – but plenty has changed since then! Boarding is now provided at Barton Hill House, a purpose-built boarding house set in generous gardens a short walk from the main school.
This welcoming, comfortable and modern building, which can accommodate up to 100 students, was first opened in 1994, but reopened in 2012 following extensive refurbishment and new building works.
So you can forget giant, drafty dormitories! We have two, three and four person rooms, most en-suite, with separate accommodation for boys and girls, as well as a common area and dining room. Sixth formers have their own study rooms in our dedicated Sixth Form House, along with a huge common room with sofas and TV.
But while this lovely space offers all the creature comforts our students need, it is the pastoral support underpinning a warm and caring atmosphere that makes this a true home-from-home.
The boarding house is run like one big family home, with our house parents there to meet the wellbeing and emotional needs of students as well as to support their learning. As our students will tell you, they are far from distant authority figures – but treat students like their own children, and are totally committed to ensuring they are safe, healthy, happy and have the best possible experience at the school.
Who can board?
The short answer is anyone! Subject to our entry criteria, we welcome students from across the UK and around the world. Students might come from the other side of the globe – or live a few miles down the road, and still opt for the boarding experience.
As well as termly boarding, we offer day boarding, providing an extended school day from breakfast to dinner, and weekly boarding, where students go home at weekends. When you consider that many families have both parents working full time, often long hours, and evenings can be a mad rush of afterschool activities, music practice, and homework, these flexible options provide a stress-busting solution for many families, actually giving students more time to study and relax.
Where can I find out more about boarding in Dorset?
All the details about boarding and the wider Shaftesbury School experience are on our website, as is an application form to board at the school – which also includes an application to the school so there is no need to contact the LEA or make a separate school application.
And we are always happy to talk to prospective parents and students, either over the phone or a video call, or in person, pending with lifting of pandemic restrictions.
Get in touch with our excellent admissions officer Tracey Dunn at email@example.com or on +44 1747 852469.Read More