Roedean girls’ families might live many time zones away, or they might have grown up just around the corner. Many girls come to school each day (82% of KS3 are day girls), and they join others who board here, either as full boarders, or weekly or flexi-boarders.
Many day girls stay in school until about 5:30pm or later, so that they can take a full and active part in all of the wonderful co-curricular activities on offer, such as music rehearsals, clubs, or sports training sessions. School buses on 17 routes collect girls in the mornings and return them home again at the end of the day, leaving school at 5:40pm. Some routes operate in and around Brighton, Hove, and Portslade, and others go much farther afield.
Being a day girl doesn't at all make you any less involved in any part of school life. I have so many friends who are boarders. We are always having fun in house, whether it's a house competition, a sleepover, or a Chinese takeaway. Summer is my favourite time to be at Roedean because my friends and I are always outside, playing on the beautiful grounds, with a wonderful view of the sparkling sea – the sunsets are magnificent.
– Ava, Year 11 Day Girl
Roedean life is no different whether you’re a day girl or a boarder. The day girl buses get into school in time for breakfast in the morning and leave after dinner and afternoon activities, so the day girls don’t miss out on anything. Although I am a day girl, I have plenty of friends who are boarders – there is no distinction really, other than the boarders have a bedroom here!
– Loretta, Former Depute Head of School