Boarding comes in different shapes and sizes at Roedean. Many girls are full boarders, and there are over 250 girls on site at the weekends, and there are lots of activities which take place on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.
In addition to your bedroom, there are a variety of spaces where you can work or relax, play games, or practise the piano. In each house, there is an ODR (the Old Dining Room), perhaps the symbolic heart of each house, where you can just catch up with your friends at the end of the day. There is also the GDR (the so-called Girls’ Dining Room, although it is now a common room), where there is a television and DVD player, and the Hobbies’ Room which has a selection of games and puzzles for you to enjoy in the evening.
You will be fed very well in the Main Dining Room for all meals, but you also have the option of making toast or preparing pasta in the evening, and this can be done in the pantry kitchen which is next to the ODR, where there are cookers, hobs, and fridges, or in the ‘snug areas’ on the lower and middle corridors.
The Weekend Programme is full and varied, and it caters to the interests of the girls – there are trips up to museums and galleries in London, sporting activities such as horse-riding and windsurfing, and pottery painting, ice-skating, and the Christmas market local to Brighton, to name just a few.
Weekly and Flexi-Boarding
At Roedean, you might decide to dip your toes into boarding by starting with weekly or flexi-boarding. As you move through the school and grow in confidence and independence, you might then choose to board more often, so that you can share the boarding experience with your friends and spend more time on your co-curricular interests. As a Flexi-boarder, you can stay at school for three nights per week – you have a dedicated space in the house where you can leave your possessions even when you are not staying overnight. You can also choose to board, if space allows, if there is a weekend activity in which you want to take part.
Weekly boarding is becoming increasingly popular with families who live in London or in Sussex and Surrey. It means that you can get the most out of the educational and co-curricular opportunities from Monday to Friday, and then return home to other friends and family at the weekends. You are, of course, very much part of the school community and receive the same level of care, opportunity, and accommodation as those who board.
If you live in London, you join the ‘Victoria Escort’, which means that you are chaperoned on the short train journey between Brighton and London Victoria (53 minutes) by a member of staff. You are escorted to London on a Friday evening, and met at Victoria Station on Sunday evening to return to Roedean.
This isn’t a boutique hotel, it’s Roedean, which arguably boasts the most stylish boarding house refurbishment ever to dazzle the independent school sector.
– Daily Telegraph
As I wander in and out of elegant airy rooms filled with handmade rugs, bespoke lighting, framed art and contemporary furniture, I have to pinch myself. These are the newly refurbished boarding houses of Roedean.
– Sunday Times Style Magazine