You can find answers to your previously answered questions easily on our FAQ About Our Boarding (Frequently Asked Questions) page.
What’s the boarding building like?
Our premises are based on the 4th floor of our school building. This allows the students to have more time to sleep and prepare for their school days, without worrying about being stuck in traffic.
It also comprises five bedrooms, a medical room, kitchen, toilets and bathrooms, staff office, study room, common area, and laundry. The common area has various equipment for the students to interact with, such as a PlayStation, TV, and different board games.
How many students share a bedroom?
There is a total of 5 or 6 single-size beds in every room. Each bed has a bedside drawer and wardrobe placed beside it in an orderly manner. There is plenty of space for the students to walk around, exercise, play, and rest.
Where do borders eat?
Our students have their breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the school dining hall. Our experienced chefs prepare fresh food daily on-site. We offer international cuisine with a variety of options catering to everyone’s needs. We try to keep a balanced and healthy diet for all our students. Vegetarian, kosher, and, Halal options are also available.
How is Laundry organised?
There is a weekly schedule where every student is allocated a specific timeslot once a week. The laundry facilities are locked until a student requests it on their turn or if there is no one assigned to that timeslot.
Who looks after my child’s valuables?
The students are free to hold onto their possessions but are also open to requesting boarding staff to keep them safe in the office. Our team keeps Important documents such as Passports, BRP cards (etc.) for legality. In the event of an emergency, it’s vital to keep these records safe and accessible.
What ICT access is provided, and how is it monitored?
The building has Wi-Fi available for the students at all times. Alongside their laptops, the students are also provided with school PCs on the boarding premises if needed. During study times, they’re allowed to use ICT lab for research and other educational purposes. The students are under constant supervision while using the school PCs.
What happens if my child is ill?
Our boarding staff has First Aid Training, providing support for our students 24/7 with any health-related issues. For another sort of illness, the child will be placed in our dedicated medical room to rest in peace whilst maintaining distance from their peers. For any support, the supervisors will be available to assist. We can only provide medication if the doctor prescribes it with clear written instructions in English.
How will boarding affect my child?
Boarding at North London Grammar School will strive to develop the “whole person”. Boarders will be allowed to share, lead, and serve in various environments and situations so that they have the opportunity to reach their potential in all of the above areas.
As it’s clearly stated in the school’s aims and objectives, North London Grammar School expects its students to have a good understanding of celebrating diversity. So, boarding life will be an opportunity for students to share cultural experiences and differences in a respectful and tolerant atmosphere. The school will also have a prayer room that will care for the spiritual needs of all faiths.
What pastoral support is provided in the house?
Students and staff living in a communal situation shall do so with the following social and international values foremost in their minds; trust, cooperation, tolerance, responsibility, respect, loyalty, and pride. These values shall be nurtured within the boarding house and developed through activities and experiences both with the students’ families and independently. The “sense of family” and being a part of a particular community will be essential and necessary for their boarding experience.
Is transport from the airport available?
We arrange transportation only once at the beginning of the first academic year. Our staff will guide students if they need any transport for the following years.
Do I need to appoint a guardian for my child?
Students won’t need a guardian if their parent can attend to any invitation/call sent from the school regarding their child(ren). Otherwise, the student(s) will need a guardian assigned by the parent.
What do I need to bring to boarding?
- Toiletries (Toothbrush etc.)
- School uniform upon arrival in the UK
- Smart black shoes
- Suitable clothing for all-weather
- Sports shoes and clothing
- Personal prescribed medication (if required)
- Hangers for wardrobe
- Mobile phone
- Laptop recommended but not mandatory.
Can children have pocket money?
We allow students to have their own pocket money. If a parent has given large amounts of cash or valuable items, the boarding staff will gladly keep it protected in a hidden safe. The team will record every time a student wishes to take a small amount from their reserve.
What do boarders do at the weekend?
Every weekend the boarding staff arranges optional activities for the students to participate in. Additionally, the students can leave the school premises within a dedicated period for shopping or spend time around the neighborhood. We allocate time for boarders to study and catch up on homework for the following week.
How can I contact my son or daughter?
You are free to call your child through their own devices from 16:00 to 21:45. However, after electronics are collected, you can contact the boarding staff to get in contact with your child. If your child doesn’t have a UK number, the supervisors can quickly help apply and set up a UK SIM card. There is also a payphone available in the boarding should they need to call you.
How do I make contact with the school as a Parent or Guardian?
You can contact us during working hours by calling: +44 (0) 208 205 0052. If you need to call the head of boarding, his email is: (email@example.com)
Where can I order a
There is a local uniform shop within 30 minutes of the school. Boarding staff will assist students in purchasing this uniform, and alternatively, the uniform can be ordered online and delivered to the school. To get more information please Click here. Therefore please be aware that there will be an additional cost for the uniform upon arrival please make arrangements accordingly.
Can students ride bicycles?
Our school has an arsenal of bicycles and protective gear. As long as a member of staff supervises the students, they’re free to go cycling in the local area. So we sometimes arrange special cycling activities for the weekends.
What are the Boarding fees?
You can find the fee details here