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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. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. When can parents visit?

At any time!

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Do I need a mobile phone?

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

11. 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.

12. 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.