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Borva - Year 4

At a glance

Year group in Lodge: Year 4

Lodgeparents: Charlie and Kirsty Langley

Gapper Matron: Tilly Reid

Borva style: Playing on a Harry Potter theme, wall decorations throughout the lodge which bring the Potter magic to the history of Summer Fields (including a Summer Fields ‘marauders map’).

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Borva is where many of the younger Summer Fields boys begin their boarding journey. The Lodge is tucked away in a quiet corner of the school and after a busy day the boys return to Lodge and can relax and unwind in a very special boarding environment. The bedrooms are quite simply magical, the bathrooms are modern, clean and functional which helps create a wonderful environment for the boys to live in during term time.

Boarding gives the boys a chance to enjoy a unique community that has happiness and fun at the heart of it. Borva boys learn to live and work together congenially, they build special friendships but also develop independence, self- organisation and a unique set of skills that will stay with them for life.

Charlie and Kirsty Langley are the Lodgeparents who live in the house attached to Borva with their three children and see the Lodge as an extension of their home.

The Borva boys therefore return ‘home’ as soon as they like after supper and can use their Lodge time in a variety of ways. Across the week there is a variety of lodge activities for them to take part in and this could be a quiz, Lego challenges, board games, table tennis competitions, movie nights, team games, camp fires, the list goes on. There are also plenty of quiet corners for those who want to have space and relax with a good book.

The boys in lodge are woken up at 7.00am, wash and get themselves ready for the day before heading off for breakfast at 7.25am. The boys then return to Lodge after supper, hand in their washing and then head to the snug for a snack and the evening activity. All the boys read before their lights are turned out and then are read to by Charlie or Kirsty before they settle down for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

As the first experience of boarding for many of the boys the Lodge provides a brilliant introduction to boarding life at Summer Fields. A space where they can thrive, have fun, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.