Boarding - Some commonly asked questions
Q Does my child need a Guardian?
A Parents who live outside the EC need to arrange for a guardian resident in the British Isles for their child. The guardian must have full authority to act for the parents if necessary.
Q What happens if my child is ill?
A The Medical Centre is run on a call-out basis after hours. If in any doubt the duty tutor will call the sister on duty to the boarding house. If necessary boarders are taken to the hospital, accompanied by an adult. During the school day the Medical Centre is manned by registered nurses. All boarders must register with the local doctor and will be treated on the National Health Service scheme.
Q Will my child board in a large dormitory?
A No – most rooms are doubles or single with one or two, three bed rooms, but as they become older, preferences and study times demand that they have greater privacy. IGCSE and IB students are provided with twin or single study bedrooms.
Q What are the rooms like?
A The rooms are warm, comfortable and have fitted carpets. Bedding is provided but boarders are welcome to bring their own duvet and duvet covers. In fact many bring stereo equipment, personal computers or laptops, posters, pictures and even items of furniture. Pupils are able to create their own personal space.
Q What are the arrangements for pocket money?
A There is no restriction on the amount of pocket money a boarder may have, but the College recommends that all pocket money is lodged with the Housemaster or Housemistress at the beginning of the term. This is deposited into the House Bank and cash is available upon request. The College also recommends that no more than £10 is kept by a boarder at any time. There are three banks locally and boarders can open personal accounts with a letter of introduction from the College.
Q Is my child allowed to leave the College grounds whenever they wish?
A Boarders may only leave College grounds after school hours with the express permission of the duty tutor. They must sign out and back in the Signing Out Book. Fourth Form pupils must be accompanied by a Sixth Form pupil or a member of staff if they wish to visit Castletown. During the school day, no-one is permitted to leave the grounds without the express permission of the Head of Year.
Q Who is responsible for my child?
A During the school day boarders are the responsibility of the subject and games teachers except at lunchtime when boarding staff are on duty in the boarding house. Outside of school hours there is a tutor on duty in the boarding house. The Housemaster and Housemistress are resident in accommodation adjacent to the houses and are on call 24 hours. Roll call is taken regularly and the house is locked at night.
Q What about insurance?
A King William's College does not provide insurance for personal items, such as stereos, computers, clothing, etc. Parents are encouraged to make their own arrangements to insure personal items. A lockable facility is provided for each boarder and they are constantly warned to guard against leaving personal possessions unattended.
Q What are the arrangements for weekend visits to family or friends?
A Boarders are allowed to leave the College over the weekend to visit family or friends. If visiting a friend, written permission (by email is acceptable) from both sets of parents must be given by Thursday at 6pm for that weekend.
Q What will my child do over weekends?
A Whilst recognising that boarders need time to themselves, the Head of Boarding organises outings, for example, the cinema, wildlife park, walks, go-karting, shopping trips, pony riding, golf, swimming, etc. You should not forget that there are sporting facilities in the College grounds and nearby of which the boarders can make full use. All boarders are involved in the choice of activities.
Q Is homework (prep.) supervised?
A Yes. The duty tutor monitors the prep for Fourth and Fifth Form boarders in the Scholl Library, Sixth Formers may choose to work either in their study/bedrooms, the library or in the Sixth Form Centre.
Q What happens to tickets and passports?
A Passports and tickets should be handed to the Housemaster/Housemistress upon arrival and are kept in the safe.