Day in the life of a
What’s it really like to go to boarding school?
If you’ve read Harry Potter or other classic boarding school books, you might
wonder if the real experience matches up to the stories. Now, all is revealed,
with a day in the life of an Aldwickbury School boarder.
7am: time to get up
Matron wakes us up at 7am, and we go for showers
and get dressed into uniform. The older boys take it in turns to unlock the
school before breakfast. Some of us go to athletics club beforehand – 7am
running! But don’t worry, that’s not compulsory.
Breakfast is at 7.30am and there is a
different menu each morning, ranging from traditional full English or breakfast
muffins, waffles and chocolate sauce. There are always cereals and juice,
plus, you can make your own toast in a huge toaster.
8am: classroom time
We go off to the classrooms at 8 but school
doesn’t start until 8.30. The Year 8 boys have monitor jobs they have to do, whilst the
rest of us go to our classrooms and read, catch up on work
or play with friends.
We can pop back to the boarding house during the
day if we need to get things, and Matron is there anyway so we might
need to see her if we don’t feel well or we are off games. If anyone is ill, Matron would call home and look after us until we
can be picked up. All of us live very close to school so this isn’t a problem.
8:30am: the school day
From this time until the end of the school
day, school life at Aldwickbury is similar to private school life anywhere else. We do
all the usual day-to-day activities; lessons, assembly, lunch, playtime
and PE. After school, we have supervised prep in our forms, getting it out
the way so we can enjoy the rest of the evening.
Once school ends at 5.10pm for
Years 5 and 6 and 5.45pm for Years 7 and 8, we can go and
get changed into home clothes. Years 5 and 6 join the day boys in
school club to
play and then we have supper at 5.50pm after the Year 7 and 8 boys finish.
We can choose what we do after supper – usually
we love to go outside to play manhunt if the weather is ok. Some go to drama, fencing or athletics clubs but most of the time we just play with
friends. Every other week or so we have a theme night where we dress up and
have silly games, nerf nights are especially fun. Sometimes, we have a fiver night where
we go to the Co-op and buy treats, come back to school and watch a film eating
all the treats!
8.00pm: Nightcap and
You never have to worry about going hungry at
boarding school as there’s food every couple of hours! Before bed we have nightcap. This can be toast, cheese and
biscuits or milk and biscuits. We then go upstairs at about 8 to quiet down(!), we can
have a shower if we want one and change into PJs. Lights out for Year
5 is at 8.30pm and 9pm for the rest.
All of the rooms in the boarding house are really comfy, and it’s fun
to be able to share with friends. The biggest room has 7 beds and the
smallest has 4. The downstairs rooms have recently been refurbished and
are now really colourful. There’s a great boarders’
lounge with an air hockey table and a Wii as well as chairs just to relax in.
Boarding is so much fun!
I have boarded from the moment I had the
have loved every minute of it. As Boarding Monitor, I would like to encourage all boys entering
Year 5 in September to give it a go and find
out what it’s like.
Matron and the gappers are fantastic and make it
so much fun. A gapper is like an older brother/sister figure, they come to us
for a year between finishing school themselves and going onto uni. Often, they
are from New Zealand, Australia or South Africa, however, some boys come and
join us from more local areas too.
Unfortunately, I can’t take you with me to my new
boarding school, but the lessons I have learnt of tolerance, compromise, and
independence I most certainly will.
Parents can learn
more about boarding at Aldwickbury and
the day-to-day activities of a private school boarder at our
regular Open Mornings. To find out more, contact the