Boarding and Extended School Day at Dulwich Cranbrook
“To board is never to be bored.”
Boarding and the extended school day at Dulwich Cranbrook is an unforgettable experience and a vital part of life. Boarders themselves describe it as having ”the best of everything” as they benefit from extraordinary independence, camaraderie, freedom and responsibility in a really caring, “home from home” family environment. Above all boarding is just great fun!
At Dulwich we have two boarding houses. Manor – for girls – is in the heart of the Upper School, while Lodge – for the boys – is conveniently located near the Astro.
Both are overseen by much-loved members of staff. Mrs Montgomery (AKA “Mrs Monty”) is Senior Housemistress of Boarding and runs the Lodge, capably supported by Mlle Chappaz, Mr Arkley and Mr Thompson.
Miss Cali Fosbery (AKA “Fozzie”) is the Housemistress of Manor; she can call on the considerable talents of Mrs Pepler and Miss Allen for support, with additional help from our resident gappies. Both boarding houses are looked after by our team of top-notch housekeepers who make sure everything is shipshape and freshly laundered.
Boarding is open to all children in Year 4 and above. Many children start as part-boarders who stay with us one or two nights each week. Weekly boarders stay with us from Monday to Thursday, plus Friday nights on match Saturdays. Both part time and weekly boarding are a gentle introduction to boarding for any child considering boarding at senior school. We also offer temporary boarding, where children can stay with us for an occasional night – a great alternative to babysitters and tricky logistics for busy families!
Perhaps not surprisingly, life in our two boarding houses centre on their kitchens; it’s where everyone congregates after school to devour a delicious snack, before dashing out to make full use of the grounds and the school’s facilities. Swimming, tennis, football, cycling, rounders, hide and seek, hockey – you name it, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy yourself outdoors at Dulwich.
Alternatively, both houses have large, cosy sitting rooms and games aplenty including table tennis, air hockey, table football and pool. Our special events are infamous, especially the Crisp Challenge, the Manor Factor, The Great Dulwich Bake-Off and stand-up comedy nights. Our ‘Special Fridays’ themed events (think Halloween, Mission Impossible and Water Fun) are guaranteed sell-outs.
After this well deserved play it’s time for a quick hand wash and then supper at 6.00 pm in the Morrison Gallery. Next comes supervised prep in the school library and ICT room, where there’s always an academic tutor on hand to offer expert help. Both boarding houses also have free computers in case children want to study online later in the evening.
With prep completed, children are then free to play until its time for an evening shower. Teeth suitably scrubbed, older children retire to the communal areas to watch the evening news, while younger children go to bed to read.
Finally, no description of boarding at Dulwich would be complete without a mention of our legendary breakfasts or marshmallow toasting sessions over the Lodge fire pit. Hearty appetites are strongly recommended.
Make no mistake, boarding is brilliant fun – so much so that day pupils from Year 4 can arrange to stay with us until 8.00 pm, doing all the activities alongside the boarders. In fact many convert to boarding later as they see first-hand just how exciting the whole experience can be.
We try to be as flexible as we can with our hours, to help our families juggle their inevitable busy lives.
From Year 1 children can attend breakfast club at 7.30 am. All children have the option to stay at school until 5.30 pm, with Year 2 & 3 until 6.00 pm, and Year 4 and above are welcome to Day Board until 8.00 pm. (Don’t hesitate to speak to Mrs Montgomery if you need additional flexibility.)
Typical school day
(and included in standard fees)
|Upper School||8.15 am – 4.00 pm, or until 5.30 pm with prep & clubs.|
|Little Stream||8.15 am – 3.45 pm, or until 5.30 pm if attending a club.|
|Mrs Kate Montgomery, Senior Housemistress, Lodge Housemistress|
|Ms Cali Fosbery, Manor Housemistress, Matron|
|Mlle Chappaz, Resident House Tutor, Lodge|
|Mr Graeme Thompson, House Tutor Lodge|
|Mr Graham Arkley, House Tutor, Lodge|
|Mrs Holly Kirkaldie, Housekeeper, Lodge|
|Mrs Claire Pepler, House Tutor, Manor|
|Miss Carolina Alonso Gradano, House Tutor, Manor|
|Mrs Caroline Green, Housekeeper, Manor|