An Elite British boarding system has been introduced at HD Ningbo School. Based on a British housemaster’s family-like environment, warmth care and personalised supervision from house parents and staff is ensured. The boarding programme provides a vibrant element to the school’s bilingual education, ensuring that personal growth and independence will happen naturally as part of the HD pastoral journey. This better prepares our students for overseas study in due course.
Boarding is an integral part of the HD Ningbo programme and we currently offer both full and weekly boarding to all students at secondary level, with plans to offer boarding to some primary ages in the future. We believe that a good boarding school is a parent’s choice because they understand the significant educational and personal value of boarding. This growing understanding amongst parents in China makes this an outstanding opportunity to reset the bar for the standard and style of bilingual boarding schools in the region.
Boarders at HD Ningbo are grouped into four houses, two for boys and two for girls. Boarders in the junior years share a room with up to three fellow students to truly begin to learn about the value of living together, and then progress to shared twin accommodation in the senior years to afford greater privacy and independence. Each boarding house is led by a Housemaster/ Housemistress in the style of their own family with a team of House Parents, all of whom report to the Assistant Principal (Boarding).
During the week, boarders benefit from the use of our wide range of on-site facilities, extended supervised evening homework and a range of social and extra-curricular activities including themed ‘House Nights’ where boarders take part in a range of competitions and games organised by House. Those pupils who choose to stay for the weekend benefit from all the above plus a range of weekend trips, some of which may include cultural visits, mountaineering, fencing, bowling and ice-skating.
Above and beyond this, our ambition is to teach boarders how they can both help and benefit from those alongside them as part of a living community that exemplifies the school’s values: for example, senior boarders often help juniors with their homework and occasionally the reverse!
To help achieve this goal, HD Ningbo benefits from the support of our UK sister school, Hurtwood House. Hurtwood House is one of the UK’s foremost co-educational schools and is renowned for the outstanding quality of its boarding programme, delivered for over half a century. For students at Hurtwood, school is a home away from home – they receive outstanding pastoral care in a nurturing, supportive and uplifting environment. Furthermore, through the extended school day, students benefit from better opportunities to develop new interests, learn new skills, and form deeper friendships than possible in a day school.
This reality is perfectly captured in the following testimony from a past student:
“I don't really know where to begin when trying to thank you for the last two years – which has just been the best time of my life so far. I have taken more than anything I thought I could at HD Ningbo, with all its INCREDIBLE opportunities. I will miss this amazing school so much – which is more like a home to me.”
HD Ningbo aims to foster an environment in which students will echo this sentiment so that parents will recognise the benefits to their children of entrusting us with their care.