Weekly Boarding introduced for front-line NHS and care home workers

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is a school where every child is a boarder – even if the child lives within a few metres of the School. 

Around half of pupils are Full Boarders but local pupils are ‘Flexi Boarders’ staying for an extended school day (which includes a packed co-curricular programme), and staying overnight 7-10 nights a year.  This works well for many busy working parents.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the School has just introduced a new type of boarding.  One that will suit parents who need more than Flexi Boarding, but who don’t need Full Boarding.  If they work in the front-line of the NHS or a care home these families can now apply for  Weekly Boarding.  Costing only £1,200 a month, it will give parents access to boarding during the week, and they can spend quality time with their child at the weekend. 

Headmaster, Mark Dixon said “This School has a reputation for being a caring, supportive community where pupils flourish.  We wanted to make boarding places more accessible to the people who have been caring for others throughout the pandemic, and who are likely to be doing so for many more months, if not years.  By offering Weekly Boarding for only £1,200/month we hope to bring boarding to within the reach of the people need it most at this difficult time.”

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School has remained open since the outbreak of the pandemic, even remaining open in the Easter Holiday and summer half term.  A full programme of education and co-curricular activities has been on offer to the children of key workers and those from vulnerable families, throughout this period.  The School hopes to fully open in September so pupils can once again enjoy the high quality teaching, sport and activities that provide such a rich and enjoyable boarding education for pupils. 

22 May 2020

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