Whether full or flexi, boarding is integral to the educational opportunity that the School provides.
House life is rooted in the values of the School - care and respect for one another, charity and forgiveness. The heart of each House lies in the joy and delight the girls derive from each other’s company. Friendships are formed here which last long after our girls have left Mayfield. The fullness of the boarding experience fosters their development into caring, communicative and engaged young women who, at every turn, enrich the world they enter.
We have four Houses:
- Leeds House for Lower School pupils (Years 7 and 8)
- St Gabriel's House for Middle School girls in Years 9 and 10
- St Michael’s House for Middle School girls in Year 11
- St Dunstan's House for students in Years 12 and 13
Grouping girls in this way allows us to focus on the particular social and academic considerations specific to the age group in the House. At the same time, girls develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility in a graduated manner, and to an appropriate degree.
In all four Boarding Houses our girls enjoy a stimulating environment. The pleasures of home are interwoven with a work and activity schedule that is designed to encourage them to educate themselves in the fullest sense of the word.
Each House is overseen by a Housemistress who also works as part of the teaching staff - providing a vital link between the pastoral and academic sides of school life. Our Housemistresses develop a singular insight into the girls in their care. They are in frequent contact with the girls throughout the day - at mealtimes, during study and finally, in the bedtime routine, and are always available to share the girls’ concerns and offer advice. Housemistresses are supported by a boarding team which consists of an Assistant Housemistress, two Resident Tutors, and a Graduate Assistant.
Unlike some boarding schools which prohibit students from travelling home during term-time, we do not place our boarders under an obligation to remain in School every weekend. Many girls choose to do so in order to remain with their friends or enjoy the weekend activities on offer, but for girls who wish to travel home on occasion, we run a weekend return minibus service into London, and across Kent and Sussex.
We also offer flexi-boarding whereby day girls can regularly board for one or more nights a week, and occasional boarding if a day girl needs to spend a one-off night at School for a particular reason.