Life at Whitfield House
Boarding at St John‚Äôs, at Whitfield House, is based on the principle that the House¬†should act as an extension of the child‚Äôs family. Whitfield¬†House has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which provides a happy and structured environment for boarders and their families.¬†In addition to the Head of Boarding¬†and House Parents, a¬†wide range of resident and non-resident staff play crucial parts in the lives of boarders and their families. This is a task which we take on with enthusiasm. ¬†
Whitfield House has been fully renovated and is exquisite in both design and comfort.¬†It¬†is situated two doors¬†down from Senior House at 69 Grange Road. It accommodates up to 40¬†boys and girls co-educationally. In addition to the bedrooms¬†and the common rooms, the children have access to all the facilities of Senior House, including the library, music school, computer rooms, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, playing¬†fields, tennis courts and play areas. Once the school day is over, the school‚Äôs facilities become very much the boarders‚Äô own.¬†Within the House itself, there are two main areas for socialising: the kitchen¬†and the recreation room. There is also a library¬†which is a designated ‚Äėquiet‚Äô space. Boys and girls mix freely within the House although washing facilities are separated and there is no inter-visiting between boys‚Äô and girls‚Äô bedrooms.
A homely environment
The House is both a house and a home. When you visit, you will find that it¬†feels like the type of home those of us with children recognise. There are children laughing and¬†games being played. There are lost slippers and children who need a comforting smile and reassurance. Above all, there are people who are interested in the children and their families.¬†You are always welcome to visit your children. You may have a specific reason for coming or you may simply wish to spend some time with them.¬†Children whose parents live some distance away and¬†are unable to visit frequently, keep in touch regularly by video calls, email and telephone.¬†All boarders benefit from the¬†wide range of opportunities and activities on offer and we¬†seek to help them develop in the broadest sense.
St John‚Äôs is a warm, open and friendly school. We all very much hope you will feel part of the excitement, enjoyment and sense of purpose that prevails amongst the boarding¬†community here.
Please visit the Boarding Options¬†page for details of boarding options and admission to the House.