New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
The Junior Houses
We have three Junior Houses for students in Year 7-11, each with several bedrooms. Each one has dedicated residential staff, led by Senior House parent who lives on site. The Houses have a study room, sitting room and communal kitchen areas which are homely and welcoming, and are often alive with parties, theme nights and birthday celebrations.
The Junior Houses are named after former Heads of NCW - Bradnack House, Peggy Markes House and Dorothy McHugh House (affectionately known as Bradnack,Peggies and Dots!). The houses are mixed, with separate sleeping corridors for boys and girls and mixed over school years.
Most students board, either full time or weekly.
During the week, breakfast is taken in the house - much like breakfast would be in any busy household. Everyone participates with getting breakfast and residents to the table before a busy day at school. Lunch and evening meals during the week is in the dining room, which is in a separate building on the campus, accessible from the houses and the main school building.
At weekends, all meals are taken in the houses.
For school trips or activities away from the campus, packed lunches are provided.
Keeping in touch
We encourage constant links with home and students can visit home or have parents stay for the weekend, whenever they wish. There is a limited amount of good value accommodation available to parents on site. We also have an extended ‘home weekend’ every half term for students in Year 7 to 9, so that they can enjoy a full weekend at home with their family.
Boarding can be daunting, so our care staff take time to nurture the happiness, health and welfare of every student. Most students settle quickly, but a counsellor and student supporters offer a sympathetic ear whenever it is needed. House parents provide great support to the students, and are in close contact with parents.
“Students here are never the odd one out, because others know exactly what they are going through. You see them relax into being themselves.”
Alan Drabwell, Houseparent