Boarding is a way of life at Ockbrook School. Our students live and share as
part of a multicultural community – from Europe, Africa and Asia – and develop
friendships that last a lifetime. Our boarders learn independence,
time-management skills and responsibility and, with guidance and support
from houseparents, they learn how to balance academic work with social time.
In response to the challenges of increasingly busy family lives, Ockbrook’s
boarding provides a flexible and caring second home. Students are able to
board weekly or full boarding seven nights per week during term time. We
also offer casual boarding on a pay as you go basis.
Our boarding accommodation provides small, comfortable and happy homes
for lower and upper senior school girls. The houses are happy, comfortable
places, set in a stunning, secure rural location in the heart of the Derbyshire
Boarding students are accommodated in three buildings: Liley House,
Broadstairs and Mews Cottage, all of which are situated within our school
Broadstairs accommodates up to 20 students from Year 6 to year 11. Mews
Cottage is our Uper School boarding house, with room for up to 15 girls. Our
latest addition is a beautifully converted Georgian property, Liley House,
providing accommodation for up to 20 girls from Years 10 to 12.
All boarding houses are well equipped with communal rooms for relaxing
and socialising. Large screen TVs and DVD players, alongside comfy seats and
sofas and books offer space and activities to unwind with friends.
Kitchens are equipped with large fridge freezers, cookers and microwaves.
Girls are provided with lockers to store personal food items and have
opportunities to cook for themselves and friends at weekends, with a variety
of cuisines being sampled regularly.
Each boarding house also has its own internet line, with filtered Wi-Fi
available in each room, to assist with study and provide additional
methods of keeping in touch with home, from email to Skype and
Boarding in Ockbrook’s Upper School is the ideal preparation for life in the
wider world. As a transition from school to Higher Education e.g. university,
boarding helps young people to adjust to the challenges of living away from
home and to develop independence and the social skills necessary for
Upper School boarding students enjoy and are encouraged to take a more
active part in the boarding house, from suggesting meal ideas to planning,
preparing and enjoying food they have cooked themselves. Boarders also
benefit academically by enjoying extended access to the school resources and
facilities in the evenings and at the weekend.
We are also very proud of the number of our overseas boarding students who
are offered places at prestigious UK universities.
Boarders at Ockbrook School enjoy the best of both worlds – city and country.
Our wonderful rural campus is both inspiring and a great place to relax. Plus
we’re located close to the cities of Nottingham and Derby, so there’s quite a
cosmopolitan flavour to many of the activities that you experience.
There’s a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to enjoy at lunchtime,
after school and at the weekends. Each weekend we have a variety of activities
on offer, from sports on site, to ice skating, tobogganing and bowling, plus trips
to places of interest from shopping to safari parks, and the illuminations and
fireworks at nearby Matlock Bath.
We cater for all tastes, visiting art galleries, museums and English heritage
sites, as well as an annual trip to the pantomime and a popular trip to Cadbury
Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report
Independent Schools’ Inspectorate
Please click on the link below to access the whole report.
If you like the sound of boarding at Ockbrok School, we’d love to hear from
you. You can contact us via telephone or email, or complete the form below
and we will contact you.
Ockbrook School is located half way between Nottingham and Derby, just off
Junction 25 of the M1. Ouor closest airport is East Midlands International
Airport. Major railway connections are close by, in Nottingham and Derby.