Boarding News: Spring 2023
Not many boarding professionals get the opportunity to open a completely new boarding house, let alone one in Central London. When the opportunity to do so popped up here at MPW London, I couldn’t resist. Opening a boarding house from scratch has been a great experience and all of our boarders (and our new boarding staff!) are to be commended on how quickly they have adapted and settled in.
Our brand new boarding house, Queen’s Gate House, has been carefully planned and configured, but of course the building itself doesn’t create the boarding community, it’s everyone inside who builds the right ethos. I have been very lucky to have found such a fantastic, experienced and supportive team of ‘Huddle’ House Parents and our fabulous college Nurse Justina, whose primary role is to support boarders pastorally. I am sure the students agree that they have been well looked after.
With so many attractions on our doorstep, we have been running at least one trip a week – to Central London, West End shows, the Royal Albert Hall, the London Dungeon, jazz gigs, Escape Rooms, climbing the famous O2 arena, and various other local trips. It has been great to see our students taking advantage of so many new opportunities and experiences.
We have a really international, diverse boarding house where we can celebrate cultural occasions like Chinese New Year and Nowruz, amongst various other occasions, which have helped to foster a sense of community. Our boarders are all represented by our Boarders’ Committee, who will be contributing feedback for our development planning.
I have found the process of developing our systems and considering how boarders and staff are well supported, to be a really enjoyable one. Thorough planning and preparation has helped students to be happy from day one, whilst starting to build a real sense of community and mutual support here at MPW London.
Below, each member of the boarding team recount their stories from our memorable first term.
John J. Taylor, MA (Hons), PGCE(S), FRSA, FTIOB
Vice Principal (Boarding)