Chafyn Grove has one boarding house, shared between boys and girls and looked after by our Houseparents, Mr and Mrs Webster, who are also teachers in the school. Our emphasis is on Family boarding: a community where everyone knows each other well. We do not segregate by age or gender in the way that larger, separate houses must. Nor do we empty at the weekend or rely upon a large, less-integrated overseas contingent. We have around 20 full boarders, the majority of whom are British children from military families. Ages range from 7 to 13, with an equal balance of boys and girls. Children share a room with one or two others of the same age. There are an additional twenty children who board for a few nights each week (Flexi- or weekly boarders).
Amongst our full boarders are a limited number from Spain and China. At other times of the year, we also enjoy hosting children from Italy and France. Overseas children are carefully and fully integrated into the school.
Whilst we have exeats in the long Autumn term, they are optional in Spring and Summer. Boarders can see family at any time and there are multiple ways in which communication with home is kept open too. Chafyn has the advantage of being within walking distance to both town and countryside, but is on its own well-appointed and secure estate. Supervised excursions to the shops, the neighbouring farm or just playing in our fields are an essential part of the boarding experience, along with trips to further afield on Sunday which encompass sports matches, the beach and other leisure activities.
To find out more about our Boarders weekend activities please see our latest news.