When I saw the school first time, I thought wow! Everybody is so friendly and nice. My room is very good and the girls in the room too.
Ewa, 11, Poland
I really enjoyed my stay at Heathfield, especially the friendships. I want to come back next year as a Student Assistant because those girls look after everyone so well.
Elina-Maria, 17, Denmark
Boarding and Pastoral Care
Heathfield is a boarding school throughout the year and our staff are used to offering girls from around the world a real home-from-home. We offer comfortable accommodation and common rooms for relaxation. Detailed information on preparing for boarding at Heathfield is sent to all parents and girls before the course.
Our very experienced Senior Housemother and Senior Nurse are supported by a very caring team of staff and assistants who together look after the welfare of the girls. There is a Home Room where girls can go and chat or ask for help if they have a problem or are feeling a little homesick and want some company.
Bedtimes are set according to the age of the girls and the staff make sure all girls are checked in, settled at night, woken up and made ready for the course in the mornings. Our Pastoral Monitor helps the youngest girls look after themselves, checking they brush their hair, have showers and take their clothes to the laundry.
Most girls sleep in the main house; younger girls share bedrooms with between two and eight beds. Older girls sleep in single study rooms. All rooms have wash basins and there are plenty of bath and shower rooms nearby. Female staff and Student Assistants live in rooms spaced among the girls’ bedrooms and so are available to help at any time.
Some of the oldest students, and those on the English with Style course, sleep in Wyatt House, the very pleasant home of the school sixth form which is just a few yards from the main building. This accommodation comprises spacious single study rooms with wash basins and is fully supervised by a Housemother and senior staff. Here the girls have a little more independence.
Sheets and towels are changed weekly and a school laundry service for washing girls’ clothes is open six days a week.
In addition to the coded doors, there are late night security checks by school staff and a Security Guard patrols the grounds overnight. There are also security cameras.
Rooms are fitted with safes to store small personal items and the school collects all travel documents and banks pocket money for overseas residents.
Heathfield welcomes girls of all faiths or of none. We can provide private prayer rooms and the kitchens can cater for some dietary requirements, including halal meat, or provide vegetarian meals.
Catholic girls who wish to attend Mass are taken to a local church each Sunday.