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1. Ages eligible

Boys in School Years 9-13, aged 13-18, are eligible to board at Whitgift.

2. Entrance Requirements

13+ Entry: 

Passing the Pre-Test sat in May, either one or two years before entry, or passing the Whitgift Entrance Exams in the January of the year of entry.

Currently, Common Entrance is not used in the assessment process.

Sixth Form Entry:

A combination of good academic performance, references, entrance tests, and, additionally, a solid GCSE portfolio.  Applications should be made at the very start of Year 11.

3. Boarding Awards

Academic and Co-Curricular Awards are available for boarders (except flexi-boarding).

No boy should be precluded from coming to Whitgift for financial reasons, and Boarding Awards are available, at the Headmaster's discretion.

4. Who will look after my son

The boarding house team currently consists of:

Mr Richard Murray – Boarding Housemaster

Richard Murray joins the team after nine years at Harrow, where he was a Housemaster and a teacher of Mathematics. Prior to that, Richard was at Rugby School for four years. As Senior Housemaster at Whitgift, he is joined by his wife, Lowri, and triplet girls – Eleri, Nia and Addien, aged 9. Richard teaches Mathematics and is actively involved in rugby, kayaking, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, football, golf, and swimming.

Mr Adrian Norris – Head of Boarding

Adrian Norris is Head of Boarding, Head of Lower School and a teacher of Mathematics and PE. Having been at Whitgift since 1995, he has also been involved with the School’s numerous Sixth Form activities, the development of the BTEC qualifications, rugby, athletics and swimming. Adrian and his wife, Fiona, have four children – Oliver, Erin, Grace and Fleur.

Mr Will Chaloner – Deputy Boarding Housemaster

Will attended Bradfield College in Berkshire, where he studied in a predominantly boarding environment. He went on to study Sport Science at Loughborough University, where he represented the university at cricket. Following his degree, Will worked at Yateley Manor School in Hampshire for a year before returning to Loughborough to complete a PGCE, following which he joined Whitgift in September 2010, as a Physical Education and Games teacher.

He has been Deputy Housemaster and resident in Founder's House since its inception, in 2013, and his roles within the house take in regular duties, house supervision at weekends, as well as organising the extensive activities and the extracurricular programme for the house. Will’s other main responsibility within the School is as Head of Academic Physical Education, looking after the BTEC, GCSE and A Level students. He also coaches the U14B rugby team and in the summer is heavily involved in the School cricket programme with the U15A cricket side. Away from school, Will still enjoys and plays cricket as much as possible and tries to see as much of the world as possible during school holidays.

Mr Jae Chang – Deputy Boarding Housemaster

Jae lived in South Korea and Singapore before moving to the UK when he was 12. He was educated at City of London Freemen’s School, Warwick University, where he studied Mathematics, and Oxford University, where he completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Masters in Teaching and Learning. Jae joined Whitgift in September 2014, following four years at King Alfred’s Academy, a mixed comprehensive school in Oxfordshire.

Jae is a big supporter of Warwick in Africa, a volunteer teacher programme working in townships in Africa, which inspired him to be a teacher. In his spare time, Jae enjoys cooking, travelling and hiking. One day he hopes to make it to the Everest Base Camp.

Ms Angie Robe – Matron

Angie has lived in Croydon for over 25 years where she brought up her two children George and Becky - her son being an Old Whitgiftian. She's served as Matron at the boarding house for over two years now, and thoroughly enjoys being part of the boys’ transition to young men.

In her spare time, Angie enjoys country walks with her dog and looking after the newest addition to her family, her grandson, Michael.

Mrs Polly Beale – Assistant Matron

Polly has lived in Purley for 18 years. She is married with two children at Secondary School. She brings five years as a civilian with the British Transport Police and 18 years as a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police.

Polly enjoys keeping fit and teaching group exercise classes. She is a Crystal Palace Fan and has an identical twin sister.

Mrs Franki Hall – Assistant Matron

Having previously lived in the UK for 20 years, Franki relocated from her home country of Australia, to join the Whitgift boarding team in November 2016.

After 15 years’ experience in the corporate sector, Franki most recently ran her own coaching and mentoring business within the health and wellness industry.

Along with her two children, Diesel and Jaxon, and her husband, Mr Eugene Martin (the School’s Rugby Development Manager and Boarding House Tutor), Franki and her family embrace all aspects of life at Whitgift and are passionate about creating a family culture within the boarding house.

Exercising, cooking and travelling are the interests that Franki cherishes when she is not working.

Mr Jordan Bell - Resident Boarding House Tutor

Jordan was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, before studying for a Masters degree in Astrophysics, at the University of Liverpool. He was a cricket coach in Liverpool before moving to Whitgift in 2015. Jordan is a member of the Physics Department, is Assistant Head of Fifth Form, as well as the U14B cricket coach. Outside school he enjoys playing cricket and tennis, as well as supporting his beloved Liverpool Football Club. He particularly enjoys watching matches with his fellow southerners in the Boarding House – especially as Liverpool like to beat the London clubs!

Mr Adam Hedges – Resident Boarding House Tutor

Adam attended Whitgift as a boy from the age of 14, before going on to study Zoology at Durham University. He has many interests outside of the classroom, primarily focussed on adventure sports including skiing, surfing and cycling. Adam re-joined Whitgift as a Biology teacher, in 2014, and as well as working in the boarding house, is now the Deputy Head of Outdoor Education at the School. He has been a residential tutor in Founder’s House for the past two years and is still yet to win a game of table tennis against the boys!

Miss Desireé Chan – Non-Residential Boarding House Tutor

Desireé undertook her education in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, gaining a BSc in Chemistry and an HDE. She then taught in South Africa for over four years, before moving to the UK. Desireé has worked at Whitgift since 2005, where she holds the position of Second in Chemistry, as well as the roles of Educational Visit Co-ordinator and Sixth Form tutor. Desireé also organises the School’s ‘Science Taster Days’.

Outside of school time, Desireé spends her time dancing.

Miss Emma Mitchell – Non-Residential Boarding House Tutor

Emma grew up in Northern Ireland, moving to England at the age of 18 to study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She started her degree in Chemical Engineering with a first year in Natural Sciences, taking Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Geology. While at Emmanuel, she rowed for her college First Women’s VIII+ and coxed the Second Men.  After visiting primary schools to help excite children about Science, she spent another year at Cambridge taking a PGCE course in teaching. Emma has been working at Whitgift since 2015, as Second in Physics, and greatly enjoys coaching rowing and running, and supporting with Oxbridge applications. Having thoroughly appreciated continuing her own learning in doing a research Masters in Education, Emma hopes to partake in a Doctor of Education programme at University College London in the coming years.

Mr Oli Roberts – Non-Residential Boarding House Tutor

Oli attended Exeter University, gaining a degree in History. He then worked as a Resident Boarding Tutor and sports coach at Dean Close School, Cheltenham. After this he travelled around South East Asia and Australia before spending a year working in the City. After one year at Sevenoaks School, he joined Whitgift in 2014, where he teaches History, coaches hockey and cricket and runs Junior History Club and History and Politics Society. He is also the Welfare Manager for the Summer School. 

Outside of school, Oli enjoys playing cricket and following Cambridge United and Yorkshire CCC.

Mr Andrew Martin – Non-Residential Boarding House Tutor

Andrew Martin was born and brought up in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. He attended Corpus Christi RC where he represented Wales at U15 and U16 levels at football. Aged 16 Andrew relocated to London to start a professional career with Crystal Palace FC. He remained at Crystal Palace for eight years reaching the FA Youth Cup Final, becoming Youth Team Player of the Season, before going on to make his first team debut at 18 years old. Andrew achieved further international recognition by representing his country at U18 and U21. He started coaching football at Whitgift in 2012, becoming Head of Junior Football a year later, and Director of Football in 2016. Andrew has helped the football teams win five ISFA national titles, along with an ESFA national title. He joined the boarding team in 2015.

Mr Eugene Martin – Non-Residential Boarding House Tutor

Eugene joined the Whitgift boarding team, in 2016, in addition to his main role of Rugby Development Manager.

New Zealand born, Eugene moved to the UK in 1998 to finish out his last few years as a professional rugby player, having represented Waikato, New Zealand Sevens and New Zealand Maori’s in a successful 16- year career. Having retired as a professional player, Eugene then made the transition into professional coaching, where he was the Backs & Skills Coach at Doncaster Knights, Rotherham Titans and then Director of Rugby at Birmingham & Solihull FC.

Eugene also worked at Warwick School for six years where he was instrumental in the development of the rugby programme, in addition to his mentoring and pastoral roles. Not only is he dedicated to inspiring the boys to be the best version of themselves, Eugene thrives on sharing his knowledge and experience.

Eugene has two children, Diesel and Jaxon, and is married to Franki, who is an Assistant Matron in the Boarding House.

 

5. Daily Routine (including meal times and bedtimes)

First Bell

7.20am

Second Bell

7.25am

Third Bell

7.30am

Morning Registration (Senior Common Room)

7.35am

Breakfast

7.40am onwards

Ding Dong & Morning Registration (School Day Begins)

8.25am

Lessons Begin

8.55am

First Break

10.25am

Lessons Resume

10.45am

Lunch

1.00pm

Queue

1.45pm

Ding Dong & Afternoon Registration

2.00pm

Afternoon Lessons

2.15pm

Co-curricular Clubs

3.45pm - 5.15pm

Homework 1

5.45pm

Dinner

6.30pm

Homework 2

7.00pm

Junior House Meeting

7.45pm

Senior House Meeting

8.00pm

Free Time

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Bed-times begin

Bell to get ready for bed:

Upper Third - 9.45pm

Lower Fifth - 10.00pm

Upper Fifth - 10.15pm

10.00pm onwards

Lights Out:

10.00pm

10.15pm

10.30pm

Boarders meal plans can be found here.

6. Rooming

Boys will occupy triple, double or single rooms throughout their time in the boarding house, working towards a single room, if desired, in their Upper Sixth Form year.

Typically, Upper Third Form pupils occupy trebles, Fifth Form and Lower Sixth Form pupils occupy doubles, and Upper Sixth Form pupils occupy singles rooms.

Boys will be allocated a roommate, which will change every Half Term, but efforts will be made to pair up boys with similar interests.

7. Time Away from Whitgift

With no fixed EXEAT weekends, full boarders are able to request leave on any weekend.

Ordinarily, permission for overnight leave during the week will not be granted; but we are always flexible on a case-by-case basis.

8. When can parents visit?

At any time!

9. What happens at weekends?

Saturdays: 

Saturday offers boys less structured free time, with more opportunities for them to take control themselves. After a boarder’s school commitments are complete (sports fixtures or Whitgift Arts Programme), he may return to the House to relax or engage in a variety of activities such as: cookery classes, recreational sports, music practice or excursions into Croydon or London. Saturday evenings are a time to relax at the end of a busy week; typically, with the late Premier League match or a movie. Occasionally boys will be taken out by their Boarding Tutors, or be invited to stay with friends and attend socials. 

Sundays:

On Sundays, boarders are allowed to ‘lie-in’ until Brunch at 10.30am. From midday, the House will run a trip/activity for all boarders, for example, Escape Rooms, Go Karting, Paint Ball, cinema trips, bowling, Premier League matches, Rugby Internationals and so much more. During the evening, boys are able to relax and prepare for the week ahead, play gently in their common rooms or catch up on work.

With permission, boarders may go home at weekends, or stay with friends, subject to Housemaster’s approval.

10. What facilities can boarders access at the weekend?

Everything! All of our sports, art and music facilities are available to boarders. In addition, the Raeburn Library is also accessible.

11. Do I need a mobile phone?

Most pupils will probably have a mobile phone, but it is not compulsory.

12. Do all boarders require a Guardian?

Yes, parents of all boarding pupils (UK and international )are required to appoint an Education Guardian for their child, irrespective of their age. The responsibility of choosing an appropriate Education Guardian rests solely with the parents who must satisfy themselves as to the suitability of the Guardian.  An Education Guardian can be a family member, a family friend, a guardianship agency, or other responsible adult, based in the UK within reasonable proximity to the School.  It is recommended that the Guardian should be over 25 years of age. This is to ensure that, if parents are unavailable:

  • There is a contact to whom the School may refer in the event of an emergency
  • The pupil has a UK location where he can stay if not returning home during fixed holiday periods
  • There is an address where the pupil can stay for medical or disciplinary reasons in the event that he is unable to remain on the school premises

Although not essential it is always beneficial for the Guardian to take an interest in the student’s wellbeing and progress, to perhaps visit them at School from time to time, take them out occasionally, or represent the parents at parent’s evening if required. Parents will be sent details and a Boarding Guardian Form on acceptance of a place.

13. Visa Requirements

If your son has a non-EU passport he will require a Tier 4 Child Student Visa to study at Whitgift (unless he already has a Residence Permit as a dependant).

Whitgift School is a Sponsor of Tier 4 Child Student Visas and, if a place is offered and accepted, Whitgift will apply for a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) during the month of May prior to the student entering the school. Once confirmed, Whitgift will forward the CAS Statement and information to parents and it is then the responsibility of the parents to apply for the Visa (this can be done up to 3 months before the course starts). The Visa allows entry to the UK and the student must collect his Biometric Residence Permit within 10 days of entering the country. If the Visa states “Police registration  required” this must be completed at OVRO (Overseas Visitors Record Office) in London before attending Whitgift. OVRO website: https://www.met.police.uk/advice-and-information/registering-as-an-overseas-visitor/. Please note that not all visas state this as a requirement and it is only necessary for students when they reach 16 years of age.