There are many reasons why families choose boarding for their child and here at Ryde School we offer several options whether at Bembridge House on the outskirts of Bembridge village or Spinnaker House in Ryde.
Full boarders benefit from a range of activities and experiences, giving them the opportunity to develop skills and interests beyond the academic curriculum. Full boarding develops confidence, social skills, independence, self-motivation and cultural awareness. The full boarding environment encourages a firm sense of community and helps to develop skills and talents for life whilst forming friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. Unlike many schools, boarders are able to stay during one week half-terms and for all exeats.
Weekly boarders may go home directly after school on Friday, returning to the boarding houses on Sunday evening. Alternatively, they may choose to return directly to school on Monday morning.
This option relieves any arduous daily commute, allowing more time for studying and involvement in extra-curricular activities. After an intensive week, boarders can go home to relax with family and friends.
Weekly boarders have their own living space where their possessions remain.
Flexi boarding is increasingly popular nationally, and is there to help accommodate the busy lifestyle of the modern family. Your child is guaranteed a cosy bed and quality time spent with their boarding friends. Flexi boarding offers the benefits of a boarding education for part of the week and is also useful for pupils with additional sporting, music, drama or other extra-curricular commitments. Parents can book for a single or multiple nights, billing is per night.
Day pupils are also encouraged to try flexi boarding to see if full boarding may be something which suits their needs later as they progress through the school.
Some families want their children to to stay within a small family environment. Our Homestay families are families with children either already at or who have recently left Ryde School. They all have in common the wish to create a comfortable home for the pupils in their care. A rigorous pupil/family matching process ensures that needs, preferences and background are fully taken into account in finding the right host family. All of our host families live in the local area, and are carefully vetted and monitored to ensure that they provide suitable accommodation.