Boarding

Overview

There is a network of teachers and professionals to look after your child, treating each as an individual and working to ensure their happiness.

The level of care is paramount. Every member of the teaching staff acts as a personal tutor to a small number of pupils. The tutors meet regularly with the pupils assigned to them, mostly at one to one tutorials and occasionally in small groups. The tutor monitors progress, provides encouragement and channels advice. The tutor provides guidance to a tutee through conversations about such matters as academic progress, any problems being faced, extra-curricular involvement and more generally about how life is going. Discussions become more structured when there are decisions to be made such as curriculum choices, careers and university applications.

The Prince of Wales Island International School operates a House system, each house made up of both boys and girls, day pupils and boarders. Each pupil develops a sense of belonging and loyalty towards their house. The teachers, as tutors, also belong to houses. Each house is led by a housemaster or housemistress who coordinates the work of the tutors and oversees the pastoral care of pupils in the house.

With significant experience of boarding in the UK, we know the special value a boarding education offers.

At the Prince of Wales Island International School there is full, seven days-a-week boarding, but also weekly boarding (where the pupil lives in the school Monday to Friday, returning home at weekends) and flexi-boarding, when (space permitting) pupils can stay for just one night or several to suit their needs.

We know that children who board become more self-sufficient and independent, that they enjoy their time at school surrounded by their friends and classmates, and the extended access to staff and facilities in school enables them to have an enriched and more complete experience of all that the Prince of Wales Island International School has to offer. Weekly boarding, in many ways, is an ideal compromise, providing a structured time at school, with vastly reduced travel times and costs, and regular time at home at weekends.

We also recognise that, for some, the challenge of living away from home may be daunting. With the support of the residential staff, matrons, housemasters, housemistresses and tutors, the settling in period soon passes, and any problems can be detected and resolved.

Our boarding accommodation is spacious and well designed. Boys and girls are accommodated in separate buildings, largely in double rooms, though some single accommodation will be available for senior pupils.