The Boarding House is my second home; everyone here is very happy and has a cheerful smile.
At Talbot Heath, we have one newly refurbished boarding house called St Mary’s which enables us to provide outstanding boarding provision for up to 42 girls. We offer full term, weekly and flexi boarding from Year 7 to Year 13. The majority of Years 7 – 9 are given an area in a 6 bedded dormitory to enable them to settle quickly into boarding life and become part of the boarding house family. Other boarders are accommodated in either single or double rooms depending on personal and individual needs.
Communal study areas are provided for the younger boarders, while the older pupils usually prefer to use the facilities provided in their rooms. Dormitories and bedrooms are appropriately furnished and cosy. If boarders wish to personalise their own dorm or room space they are encouraged to do so.
The boarding house allows the boarders to relax in a choice of comfortable communal TV lounges or quiet areas, and the Sixth formers have their own lounge. If they wish to be more active, they have access to table tennis and exercise machines in a large activity room in the boarding house. Following a supervised prep session, free time and supper, an evening activity is offered.
The boarders work hard during the week but are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities offered by the school. They are able to use the school facilities out of school hours – swimming pool, sports hall, food and textiles room, music centre and the extensive school grounds. The boarding team also arrange a comprehensive activities programme including visits to places of interest, cinema, theatre trips, shopping trips, craft and cookery sessions and local amenities. Through regular house meetings, girls are able to express their own views as to which activities they would like to see on offer and to express their ideas on any topic connected with boarding. Recently we have enjoyed Kick Boxing and Zumba!
The boarders are able to access Bournemouth for shopping and sightseeing at weekends either by walking or with the school minibus available for trips and outings.
The beach is only 25 minute walk away and is easily accessed during the summer for beach trips and games.