Life in Boarding

Although we have many day students, our boarding students form an integral part of our school.

Being a boarder at Greenfields means that as well as receiving an excellent education, children also learn how to be part of a group, how to take on responsibility and develop valuable skills for life.

We accept boys and girls from age 11 years to 17 years old (younger students may be considered if accompanied by a sibling). We have children enrolled from all over the world; including Europe, Russia, China, America, India and more. This makes our boarding house very eclectic and multinational and means that every child gets to learn about other cultures and religions.

The boarding house is located on the school site, which sits in 6 acres of school grounds, on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. The first and second floors in the main building are occupied by boarding and have been newly renovated this year. We have a capacity of 75 beds.

There is a dedicated and caring team of supervisors who work from 5pm onwards to service and assist the boarding students. This team is run by our Head of Boarding, who also accommodates on the school site.

In our family-like community, lifelong friendships are made. And despite the distance, we hear from parents that their relationship with their child actually grew stronger during the time they attended.

Evenings and Weekends

As well using spare time to catch up with friends or put in extra study hours, boarders have access to both indoor and outdoor school facilities. This includes tennis courts, football pitch and outside team games, boarding lounge, board games, table tennis, football games and kitchen facilities.

There are also plenty of organised sports and other activities such as visits to the local swimming pool, gym, bowling alley, cinema, shopping trips, orienteering, trampolining, ice-skating etc.

Every Saturday, there is a mandatory full day outing, where the children visit local towns and cities such as London, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge etc. Here they will see places of historical interest, museums, art galleries and more.

The school is fortunate in its location on the edge of the Ashdown Forest as it has riding schools, sailing clubs, cycle routes, climbing facilities and many other outdoor activities within a few minutes drive or walk of the school. All of these activities and more can be organised via the school and taken up as hobbies if desired.

Our aim is to ensure that our students are active, inspired and happy!

“My experience in Greenfields School has been very good! I have enjoyed everything. The outside activities and the school for the boarders are the very best things to me. Here in Greenfields I have made friends from England and from all over the world. I am never going to forget this experience at this school and I am never going to forget all the people that have been around me, including teachers and friends. Thanks for everything Greenfields.” — P.G.V.

Meals

All meals are cooked in house by our onsite chef. This consists of three healthy, delicious meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks. All boarders have the chance to go to the local supermarket once a week to purchase any additional snacks that they may want.

For more information on the meals, please read our Catering page.

Location

We are located a 20 minute drive from Gatwick Airport, 35 minutes from Brighton and the coast, 50 minutes from London and 1 hour from Heathrow Airport.

Greenfields Boarding students learn:

Friendship: Children get to mix with other children of all nationalities. Boarding students learn life skills that other children may miss out on. It starts with the fact that they get to mix with other children from all over the world. When the school was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), one of the main things that impressed the inspectors was the cheerful sense of camaraderie they witnessed among children of many nationalities and of all ages. This ‘family’ feel is often mentioned in the speeches of graduate students and is evidently something that stays with them for life.

Independence: Children learn independence as they have to tackle their own laundry as well as learning to keep their rooms tidy and their clothes in good condition. They also learn rudimentary cooking skills and have a cleaning rota for the kitchen and other communal areas – all are life skills not necessarily enforced at home.

Teamwork: Every boarder is on a duty rota which rotates through a broad range of cleaning and maintenance activities around the school and boarding house. Children learn to work together and to carry out the tasks assigned and the results of their work are monitored to keep it to a standard. Assignments are designed with due respect for cultural and ethnic backgrounds and age. This helps students learn to get along with others as well as developing their tolerance and respect for others.

English Language: Immersed in an English speaking environment, foreign boarding students quickly develop a working knowledge of English. This is enabled through the school’s own English Language unit where they learn the grammar and words of English which is complemented by taking part in everyday life, games, outings, and communication with their fellow boarders.

For more information regarding Boarding at Greenfields, please contact us.