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FulhamFather Wed 04-Jun-14 18:07:34

Is it still really full boarding or do boys go home on Saturday evening?

happygardening Wed 04-Jun-14 18:21:42

I understand it remains one of the few only full boarding schools that certainly the impression we get from all we know there. Their website also states no weekly/flexi/day boarding.

FulhamFather Wed 04-Jun-14 20:12:30


FulhamFather Wed 04-Jun-14 20:13:42

Winchester is also apparently full boarding but I know of parents that take their boys home on Saturday night....

happygardening Wed 04-Jun-14 20:23:35

Only the upper 6 th are allowed home on Sat night and that only 1 weekend every half term. All others do Div prep on Sat night.
Others who might go home on Saturday night have go for "medical reasons" agreed by the schools GP.

Lampshade362 Sun 15-Jun-14 00:10:36

Correct about the Upper 6th boys but other boys don't do prep on Saturday nights (unless they choose to!) -they get taken on trips by their tutors or can just stay in their boarding house playing table tennis/soccer or sometimes they might show a film.

happygardening Sun 15-Jun-14 00:28:16

Lamoshade I take it your talking about Harrow I was talking about Winchester!

yesbutnobut Sun 15-Jun-14 18:10:35

Yes it is full boarding, with no boys going home routinely for weekends. Exeats every 3rd weekend and long holidays. Lots of opportunities for parents to visit though (matches, concerts, lunch or tea at weekends).

NorthWards Sun 15-Jun-14 19:30:37

Sixth Form seem to be allowed to have "Floating Exeats", which is where they can go home for the weekend. I don't think that applies in the lower years.

motherstongue Sun 15-Jun-14 19:51:38

Yes, only 6th form get the floating exeats.

sweetieaddict Sun 15-Jun-14 20:39:13

"All others do Div prep on Sat night".

That's really sad, is it really necessary to make them work on a Saturday evening when so young? A weekend is a weekend whether you're 10 or 50! They should be allowed to just relax with their friends, after no doubt, an exhaustive week....(or better still go out or home!)

motherstongue Sun 15-Jun-14 21:11:27

Don't do prep on Saturday night at Harrow. My DS sits down to take away pizza most Saturday nights with his mates

yesbutnobut Sun 15-Jun-14 21:18:44

Mine too motherstongue

summerends Sun 15-Jun-14 21:30:45

The boys at Winchester often have pizza on Saturday night as well, they just do their work first. I would n't feel sorry for them, they are lucky boys and have very long holidays.

sweetieaddict Sun 15-Jun-14 21:58:53

That's good to hear - academics on a Saturday evening just doesn't sound healthy....

Are the boys are allowed to go out at the weekends during the days or evenings out of interest? What happens if they fancy going to the park/shops/out for something to eat?

summerends Sun 15-Jun-14 22:30:26

At Winchester (although this is a Harrow thread smile) there is some flexibility in what they choose do in their afternoons Monday to Saturday outside lessons but they would n't normally go into town for any length of time as usually they are busy doing other activities. Sunday is completely free after Chapel and they can do what they want.

sweetieaddict Sun 15-Jun-14 22:44:25

Fascinating to get a little insight - thanks for that Summer. I hope your ds is very happy at Winchester.

summerends Sun 15-Jun-14 22:59:29

Thank you, he most certainly is!

happygardening Sun 15-Jun-14 23:58:03

Most nights boys at Winchester right from when they start do at least two hours prep every weekday evening, on Saturday night they only do an hour and half of prep for div, the boys love div so perhaps they find it less onerous?

agnesgrey Mon 16-Jun-14 01:37:37


Be in no doubt that Wincoll boys are not without recreation on a Saturday evenining . Yes they do a bit of prep but they also watch films / play pool / chat / listen to music / send out for pizza . Dotheboyshall it ain't .
Also the school week is probably organised differently than you would think , so the boys have some free time during the week.
DS there and I would certainly be on their case if DS were not able to be a normal healthy teenager. He is . I am happy

Agree with HG and Summerends . Wincoll to some extent is a law unto itself but by and large it turns out clever ,well rounded, happy, and confident boys

(Sorry to hijack Harrow post.)

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