At Cargilfield, we call it ‘Tailored Boarding’ and, although it may be more convenient for busy families, they are opting for it because they can see the benefits for their children….who are, after all, the people that are usually driving this choice.
Cargilfield operates a flexible approach to boarding with opportunities for weekly boarding (four nights per week: Monday to Thursday) as well as flexible boarding on a regular evening or two each week. While children are invited to try boarding with a taster night, extra boarding nights in any given week are only available to those who have already committed to at least one night per week.
Cargilfield is proud of its boarding culture which means that the School is busy in an evening and at many weekends. Children in the Upper School are welcome to stay for supper in an evening with no charge and the vast majority that do will stay on to participate in evening clubs between 6.15 and 7.30pm.
The evening routine for boarders starts at 7.30pm and, while the choice of activities will reflect how the children are feeling that evening, this is also a time for the family to come together to review the day, enjoy an evening snack and get ready for bed.
There are also a series of boarding weekends each term. This will sometimes be open to children from a specific year group and, on other occasions, be open to all children in the Upper School.
The last night of the term is usually a treat for boarders and there will be no other evening clubs.
Every other weekend is generally a boarding weekend. This will sometimes be open to children from a specific year group and, on other occasions, be open to all children in the Upper School.
We specify two evenings per term as ‘boarders-only’ evenings when there will be a specific activity or treat for the boarders and the boarding community.