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
The staff were kind because when I cried when I missed my mum they gave me hope and helped me cheer up.
Seoyoon, 10, South Korea
Heathfield and everyone involved are more than a summer job – they’re like a family.
Patricia, Senior Teacher, who joined in 2009
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 caring team of Pastoral Monitors and staff 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 and settled at night and then woken up and made ready for the course in the mornings. Our Monitor for Juniors helps the youngest girls look after themselves, checking they brush their hair, have showers and take their clothes to the laundry.
Lead Nurse Janet Freshwater
Most girls sleep in the main house; younger girls share bedrooms with between two and eight beds. 12 and 13 year-olds may be in singles or doubles and older girls sleep in single study rooms. All rooms have wash basins and there are plenty of bath and shower rooms nearby. Staff and Student Assistants and Helpers 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.
External and boarding area doors are locked at all times but staff and girls have electronic cards which open them. There are late night internal and external security checks by school staff and a Security Guard patrols the grounds overnight. There are also a number of security cameras.
Rooms are fitted with safes to store small personal items.
Heathfield welcomes girls of all faiths or of none. We provide a prayer room and the kitchens can cater for some dietary requirements, including halal meat, or provide vegetarian meals.
Catholic girls are taken to Mass at a local church each Sunday if they wish to attend.