Elmhurst’s boarding philosophy is to create an extension to home, and allow our students to Live, Dance and Learn.
We expect students and staff living together to work and live within the Elmhurst Way: choose the right attitude, be there, have fun and make someone’s day. Elmhurst respects the individual needs our students, and we foster a caring and creative environment. We aim to support the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each young person training to become an articulate, educated dancer.
Elmhurst will provide safe, caring and happy surroundings that allows all students, regardless of background, language, gender, culture, social, racial and religious to benefit from the excellent education that the school has to offer.
Elmhurst employs staff who are skilled, dedicated and committed to the well-being and holistic development of all students.
The overarching aim is to provide a happy, productive family atmosphere. The pastoral policies of the school, its facilities and boarding houses, the continuing improvement in the enrichment activities and the commitment to the training and development of the staff, all demonstrate a commitment to the long-term future of boarding at Elmhurst School.
There are many benefits of boarding and we feel that our pupils both enjoy and find the whole experience a positive one.
It is the policy of the school to ensure that the following advantages and benefits of boarding are on offer to all Students:
There are five boarding houses, four of which are on site. Accommodation varies from year to year depending on pupil numbers.
Fischer House: Fischer House is home for the Year 7 girls. There are nine twin study bedrooms with wash basins. Toilet, shower and bath facilities are nearby. There is also a large student lounge with flat screen digital TV, DVD player and Wii, a separate kitchen, a laundry room and a telephone booth.
Mortimer House: Mortimer House is home for the Year 7 - Year 11 boys. There are 17 twin study bedrooms with wash basins. Toilet, shower and bath facilities are nearby. There are two student lounges, both with TVs, digi-boxes and DVD players, two separate kitchens, a laundry area and two telephone booths. Students also have the use of a Nintendo Wii.
Park House: Park House is home for the Years 7, 8 and 9 girls. There are 20 twin study bedrooms with wash basins. Toilet, shower and bath facilities are nearby. There is a student lounge, with kitchen facilities, TVs, digi-box and DVD player and a Nintendo Wii. There is a further separate kitchen, a laundry area and two pay phone booths.
Hetherington: Hetherington House is home for the Year 10 and 11 girls. There are 31 single en suite study bedrooms. There is a large student lounge, a separate kitchen, laundry room and a telephone booth.
The Elms: The Elms is off the main site and is home for the Year 12 & 13 students. There are 14 twin study bedrooms and two single rooms, a student lounge/dining area, a large separate kitchen, laundry room, telephone booth and garden. The Elms is staffed by two House Parents, both of whom work on the main school site during the academic day.
Occasionally younger or older students may need to remain in the same House or move to an older year group House to accommodate all the students who have been successful in gaining a place at Elmhurst.
Year 14: Students live in rented accommodation within easy access of the school. Students and parents are given advice and usually transfer from one group of Elmhurst students to another by liaising directly with the landlord.
Each boarding house is staffed by a House Parent and Assistant House Parent teams, Mortimer House also has a Resident Assistant. In addition, nurses are on duty throughout the day and on call during nights to manage medical call outs.
The House Parents manage their respective Assistant House Parents whilst the Head of Boarding & Pastoral Care manages the House Parent body. The Chair of the Academic, Artistic & Boarding Committee the appointed link Governor for boarding. There is also a designated Child Protection Governor.
There are regular Pastoral team meetings which are part of the whole school meeting cycle.
Elmhurst School for Dance is committed to developing boarding provision. In order to facilitate progress, the following procedures have been put in place: