Our Boarding House

As part of the boarding experience, our girls foster a strong sense of community and lifelong friendships in a large family. With welcoming, skilled, and caring staff we provide a ‘Brilliant Boarding’ experience in a home-away-from-home environment. Within this caring Christian atmosphere a good work ethic is promoted, which develops in our boarders a shared sense of belonging and acceptance.

  • Approximately one third of girls attending Craighead are boarders.
  • Our Boarding House is a lively, busy and vibrant environment.
  • Each Year Group is under the care of a Supervisor who takes responsibility for their pastoral care and well-being.
  • Helped by the Big Sister programme, the new boarders invariably settle in quickly. This programme consists of Year 13 boarders closely mentoring the junior girls throughout their first years of boarding.

Our Boarding House is situated in the heart of our School, bringing together Boarders and Daygirls as they work and integrate as a whole – in class and out. Our Boarding complex is made up of two three-level boarding wings; Len Home wing – housing Years 7-10 and the new Senior Boarding wing which houses Years 11-13. Each wing consists of bedrooms in a variety of comfortable layouts from 4 beds in a room in the Junior wing through to single accommodation with an adjoining ensuite in the Senior wing. Each wing also comprises of family style social areas on each floor containing modern kitchenettes and bathrooms.

Given a boarding experience, our girls develop many life skills, including tolerance, understanding diversity, living in a large family group, the practicalities of organisational skills and living within routines. We find that our boarders going on to University, or even a flatting situation after secondary school are well prepared and mentally resilient to deal with  the challenges a young adult can face in day-to-day living.

  Our Boarding Staff

Yvonne Thompson

Director of Boarding

Tracy Dockrill

Deputy Boarding Manager

Nicky Merritt

School Nurse

Vivienne Wood

Boarding Supervisor

Robyn Pickard

Boarding Supervisor

Penny Clack

Boarding Supervisor

Joan Bryan

Boarding Supervisor

  Our Dining Room

Alliance Catering has a chef and six kitchen staff onsite providing a six meal a day service for all Craighead boarding students.

Our day starts at 7.30am with breakfast service and provides morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, two course dinners and ends with a supper, seven days a week. Our dining hall is a large, bright, welcoming shared environment. As well as catering for boarders, we also provide a café within the dining hall that stocks a variety of food & beverage options for purchase. This service is available to everyone onsite during morning tea and lunch period at Craighead. Dietary requirements and special needs are individually catered for each meal service, and managed with labelled products and dishes. We are committed to providing all students with a varied dining experience whilst ensuring a healthy meal plan that enables Craighead students to thrive inside and outside the classroom.