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Houses and Boarding

At the College there are over 300 pupils just under half of whom are boarders. Boarders and day pupils are valued equally, with each of our five houses containing a mix of both. Each house has its own identity however family values such as mutual respect, tolerance for others and kindness form the core principles for everyone and guide everything we do. 

Our dedicated house teams provide twenty-four hour support and are always there for the children. The pastoral system is overseen by our Deputy Head (Pastoral) Drew Bott who always welcomes the opportunity to talk with children and parents about their needs and how we can best support them through these formative years.

Each House is organised around the needs of pupils and the available facilities and accommodation ranges from dormitories to study bedrooms for boarders and a mix of day rooms for day pupils. There are also communal rooms for boarding and day pupils alike and day pupils are allocated appropriate locker space within their House. 

Younger pupils share rooms with several members of their peer group and this encourages integration and allows, what might at first seem like unlikely, friendships to grow.  As our pupils progress they will move to study bedrooms shared with one other pupil. Wherever possible pupils’ wishes are taken into account in the allocation of rooms, but ultimately the Housemaster or Housemistress allocates rooms and parental support on this matter is appreciated.

All school meals are served in our central dining room. The Catering Department operate a termly cycle of menus offering a wide choice of healthy balanced dishes at all meals. A selection of vegetables, salads and fresh fruit are available at lunch and supper. Fruit and fruit juice is available at breakfast.

Any pupils with particular dietary requirements should tell the School Nurse who liaises directly with the catering department to ensure their needs are met on a daily basis.

The College welcomes and benefits from the inclusion of a number of different nationalities and the catering department are well known for their ‘international cuisine’.

Our pastoral care gives emotional, social and academic support to the  pupils enabling them to thrive and develop. There is a strong culture of collective responsibility amongst all the staff at Mount Kelly which contributes to the genuine friendliness within the school, something you can feel as you make your way up the drive. You will see happy children with a real sense of purpose in a relaxed but ordered environment.