North London School

Our Boarding

“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 enables 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 school life but continues after leaving the school. Those leaving gain advice from staff about careers and appropriate courses to enhance their future.

Statement of purpose

We welcome boarders from many backgrounds and locations in the UK and around the world. Our boarding model is modern and non-hierarchical. Every boarder’s voice is heard, and our supervising staff is dedicated to replicating a family atmosphere in which tolerance, empathy, and mutual endeavour are always our core focus.

Younger pupils’ prep is supervised and supported by House staff. Those who are older are helped to develop the independence that will serve them at university.

The wide boarding community comes together for breakfast, supper, and a variety of evening and weekend activities, society meetings, and creative and academic workshops.  Our Boarders enjoy the independence of living away from home and within London, our boarding community is enriched by the cultural opportunities, activities, sports, and trips such a vibrant multicultural city provides.

Our boarding house

Our recently-refurbished boarding house is home to 26 boys who are of mixed year groups, with their number of boarders ranging from year 8 to year 11. Our boarders develop a close attachment to their peers, where they live and study under the care of a boarding supervisor who knows them thoroughly and who maintains a close relationship with their families back home.

Independent Listener

Our Boarders are fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with our Independent Listener, Hakan Gokce, who knows the school well and will be sympathetic to pupils’ concerns. He is ready to listen to any personal issues or concerns pupils might have and to talk them through if they would like to speak to someone privately. He is happy to meet with pupils at School and visits the School from time to time.

His contact information is provided to pupils within their Boarding House and he is always readily available.

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