ABIC’s boarding community is run as a happy and caring family environment based on mutual trust, respect and tolerance. ABIC encourages a diversity in boarding opportunities which fits in with the busy lives parents have today teemed with a first class education and extra-curricular opportunities.
ABIC Boarders feel just “at home” whether they are Full, weekly or flexi boarders.
Full Boarders (who board seven days a week) both play and work hard and Exeats are very much looked forward to by the students. These normally occur either side of Half Term when students are expected to go home, to Parents or Guardians. Exeats begin at 3.45pm on a Friday and end at 6pm on a Sunday. However, students from Y9 upwards may stay at school (for a charge), if travelling is arduous. A full day trip out is planned on the Saturday and this is combined with a lazy Sunday.
Students may choose to go home or to Guardians on other weekends, but most choose to take the opportunity to participate in the full and varied weekend programme (which is included in the fees), at no extra cost. There is of course the opportunity for unstructured time during the weekend for older students to study.
The Y11- Y13 students enjoy the numerous facilities of ABIC for informal “social weekends” where they make use of the Common Rm to watch a film, play games on the Interactive screen or just relax in one another’s company. Once each half term there is an opportunity midweek for Sixth Form students to relax together over a meal in the local public house,
Weekly boarding has become increasingly popular with many of our students as they enjoy being able to study and relax with their friends in a calm, structured environment without the ties of long journies and the increasing work demands for busy parents. Weekly boarders may return on a Sunday at no extra cost and will leave on a Friday after school has finished.
Flexi boarding is another opportunity to board and is an equally popular option. Students may board one, two or three nights on a regular basis or just on the odd occasion when a parent needs to work late or there are early school commitments. This type of boarding is also popular with those students who have late dance classes or pony club!
All girls board in the S. Anne’s site which also houses the teaching block, Dining Room and Chapel. The Prep school boarders board together in one ten bedded dormitory of ten and Y7-Y9 in smaller 4-6 bedded rooms. Y10 have double study bedrooms and Y11’s are mostly in single rooms. Sixth Form are generally housed in a separate wing of the main boarding area in single study bedrooms and are expected to show a greater level of independence in the “half-way house” between school and university. There are age appropriate Common Rooms, the Sixth Form also houses a Kitchen and there is a Games Rm available for the use of all students.
The boys all board in St Mary’s building, above ABIC. Sixth form boarders usually have single person rooms, though some may share in double rooms. Junior boarders will share in rooms of four. The sixth form have a separate common room, as well as access to the main house common room, and a kitchenette and laundry facilities to enable them to prepare for life post school.