Boarding has changed beyond recognition but there are many misconceptions about the meaning of full boarding. Today, flexibility is required to accommodate the many demands and complexities of modern family life. Weekend exeats are frequent, there are three exeats in the Michaelmas Term and two in the Lent and Summer Terms. There are also a couple of optional exeats in addition to the Half-Term holidays.
From September 2020 girls will be able to benefit from additional time at School as we will be remaining open on all exeat weekends. This is an opportunity for boarders to stay in and experience some wonderful outings and for our day girls to trial an introduction to boarding.
Education is a partnership between the family and the school. Communication is essential, Heathfield staff are accessible and always ready to provide information, advice and reassurance. Families are encouraged to support school events and to take part in school life. We regularly welcome friends and family to drama productions, concerts and sporting fixtures. Parents are welcome to take their daughters out for meals.
We believe that the quality of family relationships is enhanced by getting the balance right between school and home on an individual basis. In Forms I and II we offer increased boarding flexibility where needed, and for other year groups, additional flexibility is at the discretion of the Housemistress.