“Boarding? At first I was horrified at the suggestion. I wanted Victoria to be at home with me. But then I thought about it. She could be at home at the weekends, prep would be done at school, no rushing about to activities on weekday evenings – the School would take care of all that – it made sense.”
The community spirit is enhanced by the large number of staff who live on campus, providing pastoral care while living and socialising with pupils.
Of course we understand that living away from home can be a daunting experience, so support and care are in abundance and we encourage personalisation of each pupil’s space to create a ‘home from home’. Pupils do miss home from time to time, but boarding life is busy and cheerful and other boarders and staff soon help make them feel better. Close communication between staff, parents and pupils helps with any issues that may arise.
Within a nurturing and understanding environment, boarders learn how to cope with life and to be independent, and their confidence grows alongside their friends who are in the same situation. In the Sixth Form, we run a gourmet cooking course designed to help pupils prepare for looking after themselves at university.
“I will treasure my time at Bethany as it has allowed me to gain confidence and independence, especially through boarding in Pengelly. I have made many friends from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures that will last a lifetime.”
Joe Bennett, Year 13 Leaver