Boarding School

Adcote is a full termly boarding school, with a happy mixture of British girls and International students. Our ‘home from home’ boarding houses welcome girls from age eight through to eighteen and we offer full and weekly boarding in a safe, caring, friendly and disciplined environment in a school where privacy and independence are respected, and where the girls can enjoy companionship, fun and a lively programme of boarding activities.

The Head of Boarding and her team provide the care, comfort and support which are so important for the girls’ well-being and success, nurturing and guiding the youngest boarder through to the maturity of the Sixth Form student. Many of the staff at Adcote have been boarders themselves so have a real understanding of boarding and can empathise with the girls.

Adcote provides a homely environment where girls can relax. They will find constant help and support from the boarding team and fellow boarders are invaluable in helping girls to succeed. True friendships and support systems are forged that often remain strong for the rest of their lives. We have a strong sense of both family and traditional values in the boarding house.

By encouraging self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, we seek to promote self-confidence and assurance without arrogance. In the Sixth Form, girls enjoy supervised independent living, encouraging them to mature and enabling them to move on at the end of Year 13 with confidence.

Dependent on availability, day girls are welcome to stay in the boarding house for occasional nights. Casual boarding arrangements respond to the occasional need for overnight stays, such as involvement in a school drama production, a birthday celebration, or for when parents need to be away from home for a particular reason.

We are accredited for the Forces Continuity of Education Allowance and are members of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA), Independent Schools Council (ISC), Independent Schools Association (ISA) and Girls’ Schools Association (GSA).

Boarding Houses

We have two boarding houses here at Adcote, where structure and routine are key. Aston Hall has twin rooms with en-suite facilities. In Norman House students are in rooms that typically sleep 2 to 6 students with separate bathroom facilities. Both houses have common rooms where the girls can relax, watch television, play games or simply have a hot drink and socialise. Meals are eaten as a boarding community in our Darby restaurant and given opportunities to mix across houses and year groups. Our catering team accommodate all specialist diets and our menus are varied and healthy.

Armed Forces

Boarding at Adcote is an extremely attractive and popular choice for service parents and children. At Adcote, for many years we have welcomed a number of girls who join us from Forces’ families.

We have a great deal of experience of the particular needs of children whose parents may have to move frequently, perhaps at short notice and spend much of their time overseas. Like other boarders at Adcote they usually travel to see their families during the school holidays. Whilst their parents are moved around the world, the girls can enjoy the close knit family atmosphere of boarding life at Adcote.

Aims and Ethos of the Adcote Boarding Community