Questions and Answers
We have a few, but most of our boarding pupils are full-time. We can offer flexibility, however, as parents' and pupils' needs change over time.
Yes. There is more information in the Fees, bursaries and scholarships section of our website.
Boarders are served breakfast, lunch and dinner in the school dining room. Supper is served in the boarding houses.
A full laundry service is provided on-site, including mending and ironing. Dry cleaning is by separate arrangement.
Bedrooms are cleaned daily. Bed linen is changed weekly, or more frequently if required.
Parents can telephone, text, email, send letters and parcels or contact via Skype. While parents are welcome to visit the house whenever they are in the area, lessons and homework times are fixed, so it is best to avoid arriving at those times. Houseparents will also maintain contact with parents (usually by email), with regular updates and academic reports.
There is a full programme of social and team building events and new pupils are paired with an existing boarder of the same age to help them in the first few weeks.
Boarding pupils from outside the EU will need a visa and are required to have a guardian. We also recommend that pupils from within the EU have an appointed guardian within the UK. Guardians can offer a point of contact in an emergency, support during term time and an alternative holiday destination for short breaks. They can be friends or relatives appointed by the pupil's family or a professional guardianship agency. A list of Aegis approved agencies is included below:
The Dollar Academy school week runs Monday to Friday, with class lessons finishing at 3:30pm. Our boarding pupils have plenty to keep them busy with the wide range of after-school activities on offer, but they do also have allocated time for homework and revision. There are sports fixtures every Saturday. During their free time there is a full programme of trips to interesting places and fun events, including dances, parties, theme parks, outdoor activities, laser quest, treasure hunts, shopping trips, the cinema, shows and concerts. Boarders can make use of the excellent sports and recreational facilities on site. They can also visit day pupil friends, or go into town, within reasonable limits. All organised excursions are accompanied and pupils are given strict curfews for their own activities.
Unlike some schools, we do not place a limit on the amount of personal belongings that our boarders may bring with them. There are some items that are considered essential, however. These are listed below:
- School uniform
- One large suitcase and a smaller suitcase for holidays
- One school bag, rucksack or sports bag for books and equipment
- Sufficient underwear
- Two pairs of pyjamas/sleep-wear, one dressing gown and one pair of slippers
- One hot water bottle (optional)
- Spare name tapes
- Toilet bag with all toilet requisites
- Alarm clock
- One duvet and two duvet covers
- One pair of polyester cotton fitted single sheets and two polyester cotton pillow cases
- Two bath towels and one sports towel
Boys and girls live in seperate houses, although they mix freely at school and are allowed to visit each others' houses. Seniors usually have their own room, while younger pupils share with one or two others. Each boarder has their own bed, desk, wardrobe and drawers. There is lots of storage and rooms are all spacious and bright. There are plenty of shower rooms and bathrooms and each boarding house has its own computer suite, living rooms and dining kitchen. Each boarding house also has its own large, private garden with barbecue and patio areas.
Boarders are a defining feature of life at the school, which has accepted mixed day and boarding pupils since it was founded in 1818.
Our boarding accommodation is of the highest standard. We have three boarding houses, which are all decorated and equipped to the highest standard and offer pupils access to outstanding teaching and facilities.
The boarding community at Dollar is very friendly and our boarding pupils benefit from the enjoyment of living in a community of friends and the opportunity to gain confidence and independence with the support of a large team of Houseparents and Housetutors who enable them to do their best.
Being in a boarding house at Dollar Academy is like being in a large family. Each house has its own live-in Houseparents; significantly they are known as House 'parents', rather than House 'masters' or 'mistresses'. They are assisted by House Tutors who are teachers at the school and several Assistant Housestaff, or 'Matrons'. Older pupils support the younger ones, and there are pupil Heads and their Deputies to help run the houses. The Rector (Headmaster) and Deputy Rector are in overall charge and visit the houses regularly to meet the pupils and staff.
Many pupils board with us because they wish to benefit from the teaching and facilities on offer at Dollar Academy but their family home is too far away for them to attend as day pupils.
A reasonable number of our boarders live locally and choose to board in order to maximise their chances in examinations by saving travel time and having specialist teaching staff available to help with homework.
Senior pupils often choose to board to prepare for university, to build confidence and independence.
Some pupils board because of their parents' work committments; the family benefit from the caring home-from-home environment offered in our boarding houses.