The majority of boarders at Rishworth School are Full Boarders and this means that they are resident at the School all through the academic year except for during specified periods such as holidays and Absits (Exeat weekends). There is an extensive activity programme to ensure that the evenings and weekends are packed with things for boarders to do. Full boarders come from the UK and from abroad. Some have parents who are members of the Armed Forces (see separate information).
Boarders who live more locally may opt to board on a weekly basis where they will be resident from Sunday and then return home for the weekend after Friday lessons or Saturday morning sporting fixtures. Weekly boarders are able to arrange to stay in boarding over the weekend if they wish to and indeed, many choose to involve themselves in weekend activities laid on for Full boarders.
Pupils who live locally and have a need to board for a couple of nights a week. This is often to do with parent commitments or a desire to give a child the opportunity to develop a greater level of independence through the experience of living away from home without doing so permanently.
This is something that we can offer to day pupils should there be the space in boarding to do so. There are occasions when work or other commitments may require arrangements to be made for children. Increasingly, parents of day pupils will use the occasional boarding option that is available at Rishworth to ensure that their children are safe and well cared for during such times. Occasional boarding will not follow a particular pattern but is likely to be for a few nights at a time. Occasional boarders are able to involve themselves in the activity programme that is provided for full boarders.
Occasional and flexi-boarding are available on a pro-rata basis.