Modern family life requires a constant balance of work and school commitments. After-school clubs, homework and keeping up friendships are an additional factor in time-poor lives. Boarding provides a welcome opportunity for our families who are looking for logistical solutions in a caring atmosphere.
We understand that our boarders come from a wide variety of backgrounds: Service families, families in which both parents work long hours. Families who are abroad in Europe or further afield, or perhaps families who are looking for greater educational stability.
We believe that the combination of our strong Christian values, broad range of extra curricular activities, excellent pastoral care and compelling academic results offer an ideal environment to meet the needs of our boarding families.
Boarding at Sexey’s
Sexey’s provides a fantastic environment for young people to become confident young adults. There is a tangible sense of family and joy in both Coombe and Macmillan Houses. The Boarding Parents, Matrons, and Tutors share a tireless work ethic. As an experienced Science teacher working within the School, I – along with the other boarding staff who also work on the teaching staff – relish new opportunities to positively impact on the outcomes of young people both in academia and beyond. We enjoy working with all of our boarders and their families to ensure that they have the best possible experience of their time at Sexey’s.
We offer weekly or termly boarding, and a range of activities is available for those Boarders who stay with us at weekends. For example: drumming workshops, pottery painting, trips to Splashdown Water Park, Thorpe Park, Stonehenge and Cadbury World and surfing. At Christmas, we often visit the nearby Longleat Festival of Light.
All Boarders vacate the boarding houses at exeat weekends and all school holidays. For more details on arrangements around exeats and holidays, please read the information here.
We do ask that parents are aware that Sexey’s does not organise or recommend Guardians for international students. Parents of students who live outside of the UK are required to arrange their own Guardian for their son or daughter prior to accepting a place.
Cost of State Boarding
As a state boarding school parents only pay the cost of boarding as education is covered by the state. This means that rather than paying £30,000+ a year for an independent boarding school, you will pay around £11,000 a year. You can learn more about eligibility for state boarding here.
We recognise that our boarders may need additional emotional and pastoral support, which is managed by our experienced pastoral teams. These comprise of the Head of Boarding, Houseparents, Assistant Houseparents and Matrons. Sexey’s also has a number of trained counsellors on the staff, as well as a dedicated Pastoral Hub for students to come and register their concerns with a member of the school pastoral team, or to take time out. Boarders also benefit from a school nurse, available 24/7, seven days a week during term time.
We are set in idyllic Bruton in Somerset, voted among the Sunday Times’ top 20 best places to live. Sexey’s has excellent transport links to London, the South West and Wales.
Arrange a Visit
If you would like to know more about what Sexey’s has to offer, please register for one of our Open Mornings. We recognise that it may not always be possible to make an open morning, in which case please fill out a form or call us and we would be delighted to arrange for you to take a tour of the school.
I look forward to welcoming you to Sexey’s.
Mr Haydn Kershaw, Head of Boarding
You can read more about our boarding houses below.