Sedbergh International Summer School is well regarded for its superior level of pastoral care. Students live together in comfortable boarding houses; boys and girls in separate houses. Each House is looked after by an experienced Houseparent and Matron, which creates a happy and supportive “family style” environment.
Students live in mixed nationality rooms, normally of 2-4 beds. Houses are well-equipped with social areas providing games room, wifi and Sky TV. Students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their families at home.
During the course, students will be able to send their clothes to the laundry. Clothes are collected from the boarding houses on Tuesday and Friday mornings and returned clean the same day, usually in the evening. Students’ clothes are given to the laundry together, so it is useful for the clothes to be named so that they are not lost or taken accidentally by another child. Beds and towels are changed on Saturdays – we ask that students remove their bedding on Saturday mornings before breakfast, and these are then changed for clean sheets. Bath towels are provided, and we recommend children bring their own towel for swimming. If your child is attending week one, we recommend they bring bath and swimming towels. In week one, laundry will be collected on Wednesday and Friday.
The School is proud of its excellent catering staff and dining facilities and a full and varied menu of ‘international style’ food is provided. For lunch and dinner, there is a choice of hot dishes and a vegetarian option and a salad bar are always provided. Fresh fruit is offered at every meal.
Boys and girls attend meals together. Lunches are formal and each week students are allocated to a table where they sit with a staff member. This helps all students, regardless of age and nationality, to make friends and to speak in English.
At ‘Chocolate Time’ just before bed-time, students come together over hot chocolate for a chat about the day’s events. In addition to being an important social point of the day, this also allows staff to check that each student is well and happy.