GSA Girls' Boarding & Day School 11–18

Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2RH

Tel: +44 (0)1483 810551

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Our aim in boarding is to enable boarders to fulfill their intellectual, academic, sporting and creative potential. Academically and pastorally they are supported by close communication between boarding staff, form tutors and subject staff. Prep sessions in the evening are supervised according to age and allow time for boarding staff to assist girls and help them manage their work load. As the boarders move through the years they study in their bedrooms during prep with a strong staff presence in the house. This enables them to build a good work ethic and effective work management skills.

Each pupil is offered the opportunity to develop, learn and experience new opportunities in a safe and happy environment. Encouraging independence, self reliance and co-operation is an important part of what we do, but boarding is also about having fun and making friends for life. Communication with parents, guardians and the boarders themselves is the key to ensuring that the girls feel valued and supported. We run an open door policy in the boarding houses and staff make regular contact with parents.

Boarders are able to take part in all after school clubs and activities, and still have time later to get on with prep before relaxing at bedtime.  Evening activities are planned for different year groups and themed suppers allow the whole boarding community to get together. Both boarding houses also support various charities throughout the year.

Boarding falls into three main categories: full boarding, weekly boarding and flexi boarding. Space permitting we are also able to accommodate day girls for occasional temporary stays.

Full boarders usually have parents based overseas, and will have an appointed guardian in the UK.  The girls spend weekends at school taking part in the varied programme of activities and then go out with guardians or friends for the long May Bank Holiday Exeat, half terms and holidays.

Trips, outings and activities are planned for the weekend. These may include ice-skating, bowling, theme-parks, London museums and galleries, theatre visits, lunches and dinners out, concerts and shopping.

Many families choose weekly boarding as it suits the needs of modern busy families. Weekly boarders enjoy all the benefits of boarding but choose to leave school on Friday night or Saturday morning, and return either Sunday night or Monday morning, although they can stay to join any of the weekend activities, if they choose.

ISI Inspection: " Pupils are enthusiastic about boarding and appreciate the support they receive: they feel well cared for and report that they are very happy together."