“Children make excellent progress in their educational, moral, social and cultural development. The quality of care and support is outstanding.” – Ofsted 2016
North London Grammar School (NLGS) gives a warm welcome to all prospective boarders and strives to continually improve in order to fulfil the expectations and needs of our pupils and parents.
As recent statistics have revealed an increase in demand for boarding facilities, we have created the latest modern and comfortable environment for our boarders so they feel like they are at home. We provide our boarders with many social, educational, sporting and self-development activities to provide the opportunity for personal growth, responsibility and independence, in order to prepare them for their personal and professional life in the future.
The parents of our boarders are very pleased that their children are receiving the best pastoral care. The Head of Boarding, boarding staff and pupils share the school’s aspirations for excellence in education, progression in personal development and understanding of British culture. We welcome any phone call, text or e-mail from parents at any time and give reassurance and feedback as requested.
The evenings and weekends are structured to allow sufficient time for each year group to complete their homework and carry out any additional research for their academic studies. The remaining time is allocated for extra-curricular activities, enrichment and free-time. Saturdays are scheduled with planned trips to enhance social development and some relaxation time. On Sundays, the boarders follow a systematic timetable of scheduled prep sessions. These intensive study sessions help boarders to review everything that is covered throughout the week and plan ahead for the next week. After the prep sessions, the boarders can then do some sports for their physical activities. The Head of Boarding and staff also take part in these activities to spend more quality time with the pupils.
Our boarding house is single sex where boarders are divided according to their ages which enable them to spend time with their own age group. As they will also socialise with the other boarders through the boarding activities, they will benefit from the experience and wisdom of the older boarders as part of the boarding family. Older boarders always act like a mentor to our younger members, guiding them through the problems they may face and try to give them the nurturing care of a sibling. As our younger members grow up they take the role of a mentor and follow the same responsibility process in guiding younger generations.
Our boarding provision has a wide range of facilities and opportunities for our boarders to feel like they are at home. The facilities include a range of bedrooms with a capacity of 4-6 members, a room where students can conduct extra studies apart from scheduled prep sessions, a kitchen, shower facilities, a medical room and a common area with various entertainment options. This enables students to enjoy their free time with their friends at their own leisure. The Head of Boarding works closely with senior staff in the school to ensure that boarding activities support and enhance the school programme.
The Head of Boarding plays a vital role in making our boarding facilities as comfortable as possible for boarders, by working with a supporting team of highly qualified and trained supervisors and mentors. As far as their main pastoral roles are concerned, our supervisors quickly get to know every individual in their care and are the first person to be contacted by parents.
The boarding house is where stable and strong friendships are forged which is not just limited throughout the school life but continues after leaving the school. Those leaving gain advice from staff about careers and appropriate courses to enhance their future.