First Few Days

Blundell’s is well known for being a very happy and supportive community with excellent pastoral care, where pupils are unlikely to sink. Blundellians are typically friendly and caring, and they are respectful of everyone’s different interests and abilities.

Your life at Blundell’s is run mainly through your boarding house. You will be invited to a new International pupils Induction Day when you arrive, which is run by Miss Gore-Lloyd, the Head of EAL (English as an Additional Language). You will get to meet your Housemaster or Housemistress, Matron, the teachers connected with your house, your academic tutor and some of the senior pupils. You will meet the Sanatorium nurses, the Director of Studies and the Director of Sport.

You will be shown your room by some of the Senior pupils in your boarding house and you will have chance to start unpacking your clothes etc. In the evening the other pupils will return and you will get introduced to them, in particular you will meet your ‘guide’. Your guide will be responsible for looking after you for the first few weeks, making sure you know where to go for lessons, games, how to sign up for activities and meeting you for all meal times.

People involved in looking after a pupil at Blundell’s

Housemaster or Housemistress - overall responsibility for your time at school

Matron - day-to-day care, health, your mother away from home!

Academic Tutor - academic programme and progress

Live-in House Assistants - evenings and social time

The Sanatorium staff - the School Doctor attends every morning and there is a full time sanatorium facility with qualified nursing staff.

...and, of course, all the Teachers and other pupils.

Academic Programmes

Academic programmes will depend on year group and relative levels of English. For most year groups there is a standard number of subjects, which all pupils study, however, a number of EAL lessons will be arranged according to level of English. Those joining GCSE or A Level courses are most likely to have had their programmes sorted out by the Director of Studies before they arrive at school. If subject choices have not been finalised, pupils should not worry, as academic tutors will oversee this in the first few days of term.

Every four weeks or so pupils will have ‘Mark Orders’, when all teachers will give effort grades and academic tutors will write to parents summarising progress and outlining targets that have been agreed with the pupil.

Extra-curricular Activities

There is an extensive programme of clubs, societies and activities, which all pupils are encouraged to get involved with. The aim is for all pupils to gain as wide an experience as possible, so that they may find things to make a difference to their days. It is hoped that all Blundellians will leave as being more interesting people than when they arrived, having been prepared to try a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. Whilst academic studies come first, Blundell’s endeavours to provide a broad and stimulating educational environment resulting in genuinely all-round education.