A place where young people can thrive
We find that boys, especially those finding adolescence difficult, thrive in our all-boy environment. They can all be boys together. There is no need to cut a figure or make a hit with the girls. Boys need not be highjacked by a laddish culture and are prepared to follow those instincts which are not obviously macho.
Implicit in the ethos of the school is the awareness that as boys enter and pass through puberty, many important and difficult issues will confront them. A Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme appropriate to each year group is run within the curriculum. This programme is extensive and wide ranging. Teaching is delivered through PSHE lessons, RE, the House, assemblies, visiting speakers and extra-curricular discussions.
All boys, both boarders and day boys, are integrated into our House system with the following benefits:
Disciplinary structures are perceived as fairer and more constant because the boarding staff handle them.
New boys are more easily integrated.
The boarding staff take great trouble to get to know their boys and their parents.
The boarding staff liase with the Houseparents and House tutors to enable a consistent approach throughout the House.
Boarding at Slindon
Slindon has a highly successful House system. All boarders are housed in the main building (The Manor House) with junior dormitories and bathroom facilities occupying the south end of the House, and senior dormitories and study bedrooms occupying the north end of the House.
All dormitories are well furnished with modern units and boys are housed in rooms sleeping from 2–6 depending upon several factors – the mix of the group, a preference for a small quiet room or a bigger, livelier environment etc. Because of our size we aim to accommodate all boys happily in their chosen environment. In Year 11 all boys have their own study bedrooms.
All bathroom/WC facilities have recently been refurbished and modernised.
The Boarding House is supervised by dedicated boarding staff, supported by a Matron. Additionally there is an evening tutor on duty in the House to back up this very comprehensive support system. Needless to say, matters rarely go unnoticed.
School uniform is laundered during the week for boarders. Boys who return home at weekends should take their washing home with them. Please note designer items unsuitable for commercial laundering should not be brought to school.
Some boarders go home at weekends. For those that don’t, the routine at weekends is a much more relaxed approach with a late rise on Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by brunch. On Saturday afternoons, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons the boys are taken out on trips.
Whilst many activities are laid on at weekends, all boys are permitted to return home for the weekend if they wish. We simply ask parents to advise the boarding staff by Thursday evening (latest) of their son’s plans for that weekend. Parents or relatives wishing to visit pupils during the weekend, may do so by prior arrangement with the boarding staff.
Day boys at Slindon
For day boys, the school provides many of the benefits of its boarding life whilst enabling them to return home each evening. The flexibility in our boarding arrangements clearly appeals to a wide range of families and can be tailored to their individual requirements.
We encourage our day boys to participate in all aspects of school life, but at the same time, we do aim to be as flexible as possible in arrangements for day boys.
Each morning pupils should register with their form tutor. Those arriving late, for whatever reason, should report to the school office. Parents are requested to drop their sons at the front of the school on the oval and to enter and exit the school slowly and with care.
If a pupil is going to be absent for any reason please phone the main school office on +44 (0)1243 814320 (there is always an answerphone on this number out of office hours).
All boys are engaged in Literacy and Numeracy half-hour at the start of each day. From Year 10 homework is also expected to be completed during the evenings.
We are very happy to accommodate day boys overnight on an occasional, ad-hoc basis by arrangement (24 hours notice is required for housekeeping purposes). There is a nominal charge of £40 per night for occasional boarding and this is charged to the fee account at the end of the term.
Our daily schedule
Early morning for boarders
Wake up and ablutions
Tidy dorms and prepare books and bags for the day ahead
Day boys due at school
The school day for all pupils
Registration in form rooms
Monday to Thursday: prep; Friday: church service
Supervised reading period
Assembly or tutor group meetings
End of school day
Parents’ tea – open house to talk to staff (Fridays only)
After school activities
Evening for boarders
Supervised evening games, activities or TV time
Prep for year 10 & 11 followed by free time until bedtime
Bedtime for years 6 & 7
Bedtime for year 8
Bedtime for year 9
Bedtime for year 10
Bedtime for year 11
Your son’s health
Matron oversees the day to day health and well-being of all our pupils. The school doctor is consulted when appropriate and boys are taken by Matron to the local surgery or the doctor will visit the school. You will be contacted at the earliest opportunity in all cases of injury requiring a hospital visit and, for boarders, with any illness lasting more than 48 hours.
If your son is to board, Matron must be provided with National Health Medical Cards (or your country’s equivalent for non-UK residents). Please also ensure that all medical forms in the Parents’ Handbook have been completed and returned to Matron before the beginning of your son’s first term.
Great food to fuel your son
All meals are cooked on site by our catering staff and are eaten in the dining room. The staff sit with the boys at meal times which enables us to keep an eye on table manners and to chat informally over the meal. Special dietary requirements for allergies or religious reasons can be met provided we are advised in advance. In such cases Matron should be provided with full details so she can ensure that your son’s needs are met.
Take a look at our menu of upcoming lunch options for the next 1-2 weeks.
The Boarding House has a payphone accepting phone cards and coins for use by pupils, but most pupils have mobile phones (Pay As You Go, please) which they keep in secure lockers. Calls can only be made or received during free time.
Communication between you and school
If you need to contact your son in an emergency, please contact House staff, Matron or the school office (in office hours). If your son needs to contact you in an emergency he is of course permitted to use the boarding staff members’ phones upon request.
Our minibus transports boys to and from school in the mornings and afternoons (see fees). Pickup is from Chichester Festival Theatre car park at 7:55 am. The return journey leaves school at 5:15 pm, Mondays to Thursdays, and 4:15 pm on Fridays.
Our minibus service
We have a very supportive and active Parents and Teachers Association (PTA). All parents are warmly invited to PTA meetings which usually take place 2 or 3 times each term.
The School Council is made up of representatives from each year group and meets twice a term. Issues raised are then put before the Headmaster for consideration and feedback. The PTA also liaises with the School Council with regards to suitable projects for fundraising events.
Helping to develop the school
At Slindon College we believe that anything is possible. Our aim is to help every individual find the way that will work best for him. To achieve this, we provide a wide ranging and varied curriculum, supported by a vast array of extra-curricular activities, to enable each student to gain skills, knowledge and confidence that will take them forward to successful careers and happy lives I want children to enjoy their education at Slindon College, so that they engage with learning. I believe that with the right interventions and support all young people can overcome any barriers to learning and fulfil their potential.
Our successes speak for themselves; they are achieved by determined and motivated students who are supported by dedicated members of staff who have the students interests and happiness at the centre of all they do.
Our website gives you a chance to see some aspects of life in this busy boarding and day school and to read about what happens here. What is not really possible to convey is the atmosphere of the school, which you will only be able to appreciate by visiting us. To arrange a visit please call Jenny Davies, our Registrar on 01243 814320.
I look forward to meeting you!
David Quick - Headmaster
Flexi Boarding Plus is a flexible system designed to meet the needs of busy parents and to allow pupils to take full advantage of the many after school activities in the evenings including prep for pupils in Years 10-13.
Flexi Boarding Plus students may arrive in school any time after 7.30am to have a full breakfast. This is helpful for parents who need to leave early for work. At the end of the school day, Flexi Boarding Plus students join the regular boarding students until 7.30pm when their parents will take them home.
Flexi Boarding Plus students can stay overnight in the boarding house up to 3 nights a year (1 night per term) free of charge. The number of nights given will be determined by the regularity of use. The nights can be used over the weekend if there is an activity that the student would like to undertake.
The costs of the overnight stays are included in the Flexi Boarding Plus charges. Flexi Boarding Plus charges cover breakfast and dinner Mondays to Thursday.
After lessons during the week, Flexi Boarding Plus students are expected to take full advantage of:
Flexi Boarding Plus students can access all areas of the boarding house.
We believe that the needs of each pupil and family are unique. We offer a service that is flexible enough to meet almost all of these needs.
Boarding House meeting
Compulsory Activities (Up to Year 9)
Compulsory Prep (Years 10-13)
Pick Up/Return Home
4.00 - 5.00 pm
5.00 – 5.45 pm
5.45 – 6.15 pm
6.15 – 6.30 pm
6.30 - 7.30 pm
6.30 – 7.30 pm
Cost to parent per evening:
Cost to parent per year (for a maximum of 4 evenings):
£2040 (Discounted to £1,900 if paid at start of academic year)
All bookings must be made a term in advance and paid for in advance. An invoice will be raised by the accounts department. No refunds will be given for non-attenders.
This service will commence after February half-term, so will initially need to be booked and paid for a half-term in advance. If you are interested in using this service please book your place with Jenny Davies on 01243 814320.