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Downtime is Just as Important as Class Time

Attending boarding school can be one of the most intellectually stimulating and culturally rewarding experiences of a young person’s life.

Indeed, typically considered to be institutions that promote intellectual discourse, artistic endeavours, and athletic achievement, it is easy to see why many parents decide to send their children to boarding schools.

It is important that boarders are allowed to take a few moments of downtime every day to relax and get used to their surroundings.

This is because feeling at home is fundamental to a child’s emotional wellbeing and development, and will help them to lead balanced and fulfilling lives in the future.

How to help boarders feel at home

Fortunately, boarding schools also offer pupils the opportunity to build strong friendships with their peers and develop an independent mindset. In order to integrate and feel at home, boarders will do well to get involved with after-class activities.

Having something to look forward to at the end of the day is fundamental when it comes to academic motivation and overall wellbeing. Indeed, after-school activities can help pupils to unwind, recharge their batteries and forget about their academic work for a few hours.

It is important to remember that nobody can run at 100% capacity all day long - integrating relaxation time into one’s daily routine is a vital part of success!

The importance of offering a range of extra-curricular activities

As already mentioned, extra-curricular activities provide valuable opportunities for boarding school pupils to make friends, learn new skills, and feel part of a community. At Rendcomb we offer something for everyone such as sports, music, drama, fine art, or even film clubs.

Finding their individual passions can help children to feel happy and fulfilled.

The importance of weekend activities

We provide our pupils with plenty of opportunities to get off campus to help nurture and develop these skills with a wide variety of activities.

If you would like to know more about life as a boarder at Rendcomb College, please contact us on 01285 831213 or email us at