Despite being predominantly a day school, about a quarter of our pupils board, Wrekin retains the values of a traditional boarding school, and the boarding ethos permeates all that we do.
Boarding allows pupils to enjoy the independence and community spirit which comes from living with their peers. It can be great fun, and it also helps young people develop self-discipline, confidence, and an ability to get on with others. Some pupils join as day pupils but choose to become boarders later in their school careers, especially in the Sixth Form when it offers a stepping stone towards university life. For others, particularly those whose parents live abroad or have to travel extensively or move around for their jobs, boarding offers stability and continuity throughout their time at school.
Our boarding accommodation is spacious and of high quality, housing pupils in a mix of small dormitories and (especially for the older years) double or single studies, some with ensuite or private bathrooms. All houses have a range of common rooms and other facilities – kitchens, bathrooms and games rooms. Boys can board in either Tudor or Bayley, while girl boarders spend evenings and weekends in their purpose-built hall of residence, Hadden Hall.
The girls’ Hall of Residence, Hadden Hall, is run by David and Jo Winterton, who have responsibility for girl boarders in the school, including those who stay on a flexi-boarding basis. It offers purpose-built boarding accommodation in a mix of small dormitories, common rooms, single and double studies. David Winterton is an Old Wrekinian and formerly Head of PE and Games; his wife Jo is a nurse. During the day all girls, day or boarding, congregate in either Clarkson or Roslyn.
The school’s Medical Centre is staffed by a qualified nurse throughout the day, and a nurse is always on call overnight. A doctor visits regularly from the local practice where our boarders are registered.
Below is a selection of photographs from the Boarders Alternative Sports day, a fun event held each summer.