Staff at Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing care about each pupil individually. We offer them a top learning environment as well as a comfortable home. The school is able to provide accommodation to 1028 pupils from grade 1 to grade 12.
Dormitories for grade 1-5 pupils are all equipped with single beds, rather than bunks, to ensure greater safety. Each room can accommodate 4 pupils and has two private bathrooms, giving pupils the opportunity to develop their independent life skills.
Dormitories for grade 6 pupils are equipped with desks and bunk beds. However, the traditional ladder design has been replaced by staircases to ensure greater safety.
For middle school and high school pupils, we provide rooms for 2.
In a system of pastoral care, tutors can closely observe the progress made by our pupils, and can offer more individulised advice on their academic study and moral development. With our state-of-the-art facilities, we are able to carry out our holistic education on a "24/7" basis. In Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing, each house has a housemaster or housemistress and several tutors, who live together with the pupils, and who are in charge of classroom teaching and extracurricular activities. They pay close attention to pupils' progress in academic study as well as social skills. Tutors spend most of the day with their pupils and pay attention to each individual child, including their academic study, their hobbies, their physical and social activities as well as any problems they encounter in life. They also get to know the personal character and talents of each pupil, and help them develop their potential to the full.
Compared with pupils in traditional day schools, those studying in boarding schools obviously spend much more time on campus. Taking the middle school as an example, classes start at 8 in the morning and end at 10 in the evening. Pupils have a busy schedule throughout the day, sometimes even throughout the weekend. As a result, each of them can be fully committed to their academic courses, as well as their interests and hobbies, club activities and professional competitions. Thanks to developing and improving their time management skills, pupils can achieve twice the result with half the effort.
In their "24/7" boarding life, apart from time management skills, pupils develop many other important skills and qualities for their future growth and development, such as independence and social skills. They learn how to get along with their peers and adults and cooperate to solve problems, which not only helps them fully prepare for further studies in top universities in the world, but also leads them to successful careers and a happy life. Boarding school life also helps them develop into responsible global citizens.
Of course, the benefits of boarding school life for pupils are not limited to personal development. The teacher-student relationships as well as the friendship among students forged during life at a boarding school often last for a lifetime. Teachers may not only be teachers but also friends. It is thanks to this deep friendship that our graduates will keep in contact with the school after entering university and try their best to help younger pupils and contribute to the development of the school. Pupils learn and grow in the community and then give back to it, creating a virtuous circle. This is what we call a "learning community" and it is just one aspect of what we want to teach our pupils through boarding education and our teams of house tutors.