De Aston has a popular and successful mixed boarding facility for 65 students aged between 11 and 19. It is one of the 35 member schools of the Boarding Schools' Association (BSA). These schools are well-resourced and provide top quality boarding education at the lowest possible price.

As the government pays all the tuition expenses the costs of boarding are approximately a third of those charged by Independent schools.

The Boarding House received an overall GOOD RATING in its 2018 OFSTED Inspection report. Click here to view the report.

It provides an environment in which young people can feel safe and supported, allowing them to achieve their best from a stable education whilst making secure, lasting friendships with their peers. Boarders also have the opportunity to make full use of the activities and many facilities offered by the school.

Boarders come from a wide variety of backgrounds – H M Forces, UK parents working abroad as well as students who already live in the UK. Some of the students are from overseas providing an ethnic and international dimension to both the boarding and school communities. Most students join the Boarding House at the beginning of Year 7, 9 or 12 and stay until they finish their schooling. A few students come for one year to experience life in an English boarding school, to improve their written and spoken English skills and to develop their knowledge of English culture.

Head of Boarding:

Mr A Quinlan


Head of Boarding
Mr A Quinlan
+44 (0)1673 840817

Boarding Assistant

Miss D Sheldrick
+44 (0)1673 840822

Boarding Governor
Mr J Matthews


De Aston welcomes boarding applications subject to the following conditions and the availability of places at the School:

  • Students must be of secondary school age and apply for a place in the appropriate year group for their age; and
  • They must hold a UK or European Passport.

They must, in the case of those students applying for a place in Year 12, satisfy course requirements for entry. In the first instance, for all information and enquiries please contact Deborah Sheldrick, Boarding Administrator, via telephone on 01673 840822 or email at We will then support you through the following process:

1. Applicants need to complete an Application Form. Word Version. PDF Version.

2. Arrangements will then be made for:

    The applicant and their family to visit the school and for the boarder to have a formal interview with the Head of Boarding. This can be carried out by SKYPE or similar if necessary.
    References to be obtained from a candidate’s current school.

3. If the candidate demonstrates that they will benefit from a boarding education at De Aston a formal offer will be made by the school.

4. Once an offer has been made, a refundable deposit of £500 needs to be paid to confirm the boarding place.

International Students

All International applicants are required to sit an English Proficiency Assessment, set and marked by the staff of De Aston School. The purpose of this assessment is to determine whether De Aston has an appropriate course for the candidate. De Aston welcomes open, two-way communication with prospective boarders and their families at all points during the process of application and enrolment. This includes visits to the School and the Boarding House, where the Head of Boarding will always be available to guide boarders and families around the House and the School. Similarly, we are always willing to set up opportunities for prospective boarders to speak to current boarders about their experiences, and for applicants to stay with us for a few days (usually in the Summer term) to familiarise themselves with the House and what we offer. Applicants are encouraged to discuss these things with us at any point.

We look forward to hearing from you.  



Boarding applications are welcomed from British citizens, EU passport holders and those who have right of residence in the UK. De Aston is a state-maintained academy and tuition is free to all students in these categories.

The boarding fees for 2019 - 2020 are:

Annual Fee £11,400

Termly Fee £3,800

A deposit of £500 is to be paid upon acceptance of a boarding place. This deposit is returnable after the boarder has completed their education at De Aston.

Fee accounts invoices are issued 3 to 4 weeks before the beginning of a term. There are three terms a year – September, January and April.

Fees are due for payment on the first day of term and may be paid by cheque, credit/debit card, parent pay or bank transfer.

Please note that failure to settle the account may result in a boarder’s place being withdrawn.

Incidental expenses

A charge of £150 is made every term in advance. The money is used to pay any extras that the boarder may incur – these include:

  • Outings and Trips (non-residential);
  • Activities;
  • Dry Cleaning.

Parents will be notified first of any major items of expenditure that are made. Adjustments to the balance will be made at the end of the term, with unspent funds being credited to the next term’s fee account.

A statement of expenditure will be provided to parents on a termly basis or on demand. Music Lessons and Exeat/Half-Term Travel invoices will be issued separately to parents and should be paid within 30 days. All matters concerning payment of fees etc. should be addressed to Deborah Sheldrick, Boarding Administrator at or directly by telephone on + 44 1673 840822.


The information below gives an indication on how boarders spend their day. A wide range of facilities and activities are available to boarders after school and at the weekends. Weekends are less regimented than weekdays but include set meal times, optional staff led activities and opportunities for study or to use the facilities in the School, Boarding House and Market Rasen.

Week Day routine:

7.15am You will be woken up by a staff member. Get ready for breakfast.
7.15-7.50 am Breakfast served – all boarders to be in canteen at 7.30 for roll call.
8.00am to 8.30am Get ready for school, make beds. Hand in clothes to be washed (laundry). Take any necessary medication.
8.30am to 8.35am Boarders go to School. Planner and equipment check on exit. Boarding House locked – no return to Boarding House until 3.30 other than for illness first reported to First Aid in School.
8.40am All students in ‘tutor base’; boarders who arrive at tutor base after 8.45 are late and this will be reported back to the Head of Boarding for investigation.
10.55am-11.15am Break in School Canteen.
1.15pm – 2.10pm Lunch in School Canteen.
3.30pm Return from School – all boarders MUST report back to Boarding. Fruit and drink available in kitchen/Games Room. Medication available as necessary. Uniforms taken off and hung up.
3.30pm – 4.50pm All years are allowed to sign out (via a member of BH staff) to go into town.
5.00pm 1st Prep for all years (no Prep on Friday evenings).
5.55pm – 6.15pm Dinner served in Canteen (5.30-6.00pm on Friday).
7.00pm – 8.00pm 2nd Prep for Years 10 – 13. Activities for Years 7-9 – compulsory attendance. (Friday – no Prep; timings can change in line with activities on offer e.g. Lincoln cinema trip).
8.50pm Roll call. No further ‘sign out’ for Years 7-9; Years 10 and 11 may sign out until 9.30, Years 12/13 until 10:15pm – ALL SIGN OUTS MUST BE AGREED BY DUTY STAFF, who have the right to veto such a request as they see fit.
9.00pm Yr 7 to bed, lights out 9.50pm Bedtimes and ‘lights out’ are staggered to allow time to shower and ready for bed NO ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT IS TO BE ON AFTER ‘LIGHTS OUT’ Mobile phones and other electronic devices are to be handed in at ‘lights out’ by ALL Year 7-9s and any older boarders at the discretion of Duty staff.
9.10pm Yr 8 to bed, lights out 9.50pm.
9.20pm Yr 9 to bed, lights out 9.50pm.
9.30pm Yr 10 to bed, lights out 10.15pm.
9.45pm Yr 11 to bed, lights out 10.15pm.
10.30pm Yr 12/13 to bed, lights out 11.00pm.


Weekend routine:

Saturday Activity


8.30am – 9.45am Rolling breakfast, medication session.
9.45am-12.30pm Free time/activities.
12.30pm Lunch in canteen.
1.00pm – 5.15pm Free time and/or arranged activities e.g. Lincoln shopping.
5.30pm-6.00pm Roll call followed by tea.
6.00pm-7.30pm Free time: Years 7-9 allowed out into town, with permission of Duty staff, until 7.30pm; Years 10-11 allowed into town until 8.30pm; Y12-13 allowed out with timings at the discretion of Duty staff.
8.00pm-9.50pm Year 7-9 film in TV Room.
9.50pm Roll call: Years 7-9 to bed.
9.50pm-11.30pm Year 10-13 film in TV Room. All students to dorms by 11.30pm.


Sunday Activity

9.00am to 11:00am Get up when you wish – self-service breakfast.
11.15am Roll call - all laundry to be taken down to laundry room.
11.30am Brunch in dining room.
1:00pm to 5:00pm Free time/afternoon activity/trips out. Prep rooms available for students who wish to complete work; this is encouraged for Years 10-13 during exam seasons.
5.30pm Dinner in the dining room.
6.00pm to 7.00pm General tidy up/ clear laundry shelves / prepare for Monday’s school day- rooms and uniform will be checked by Houseparents.
7.00pm-8.45pm Free time – no sign out.
8.50pm Roll call. Weekday bedtimes and arrangements, e.g. Years 7-9 hand in all electronic equipment.


Boarding at De Aston provides a safe, stable and encouraging environment in which young people are able to develop their independence alongside their full academic and personal potential.

The boarders come from a number of different countries from around the world - this brings a variety of languages and cultures into the boarding house and the school, creating a cosmopolitan feel in the community.

Boarding students enjoy many advantages. The life skills they gain as boarders are invaluable. They learn to be self-starters, resilient, independent, decisive and open-minded. They invariably access more, and better Higher Education opportunities than their day–school peers. Their cultural experience is also unique. They meet pupils from all round the world and become more 'global' in their outlook than most adults.

Specifically, they have good opportunities to:

  • spend ‘out of school’ time with girls and boys of their own age.
  • share interests and hobbies with others.
  • make friendships.
  • learn tolerance of others.
  • learn how to live in a community and work in a group.
  • benefit from organised, structured and supervised homework.
  • use good facilities for organised activities.
  • become more self-reliant and self-confident.
  • gain experience of independent living in a supervised environment.

It is our hope that boarders joining De Aston will develop as individuals within a secure caring, family community.

Care and Support

At De Aston, the depth and standard of pastoral care is incomparable. A dedicated boarding team of fourteen people, led by Andrew Quinlan as Head of Boarding, look after the boarders’ day-to-day medical, social and domestic needs. During term time there is always a group of house parents on duty. They can always be contacted by parents by phoning the House Office on + 44 1673 840806 or +44 7512805222 (Head of Boarding’s direct mobile number).

As pupils at De Aston School Boarders have access to the school’s academic and pastoral staff teams for support with their school work, careers and also concerns of a personal nature.

On occasions boarders may request a meeting with the School Counsellor to discuss things that they do not want to talk to school staff about. For further information on this service click here.

Pam Catell is De Aston’s ‘Independent Listener’, who is available to all boarders at all times (her direct number is posted clearly around the Boarding House and within School) and is a regular visitor to the Boarding House. Pam listens to the concerns of all boarders who approach her and will help them either directly or by suggesting who they should speak to for help and advice, whether it be parents, House staff or teachers, or professionals out of School.

All care and supports staff employed or recommended by De Aston will always report matters of a safeguarding and/or child protection nature to the School’s Designated Safegaurding Lead, Mr Michael Bray.


De Aston Boarding House is located in the original school buildings, including the original Headteacher’s House, and is a place where the charm and intimacy of a family home meets the specifications and internal design of a 21st century boarding house. The House is fully central-heated and furnished to the latest standards. The boarding accommodation is part of the main school buildings, providing appropriate access to shared school facilities such as the Sports Hall and School fields during the evenings and weekends.

There is boarding accommodation for 65 boarders in mainly single and double rooms. Single rooms are offered to senior students, with boarders in Years 7 to 9 generally occupying the shared rooms. Accommodation is arranged in discrete, secure and alarmed zones within the House, with Boys’ and Girls’ dorm areas out of bounds to each other and dorms locked overnight by resident staff who can be alerted in the event of emergency or illness by emergency buzzers in each dorm area. Boarders in the same year groups in School share dorm areas to ensure that bed times are more easily-managed by House staff; many zones also have a lounge for boarders to watch TV or play games such as bar football. In their rooms all boarders have access to a desk, wardrobe, drawers and a secure, lap-top sized safe.

Laundry facilities exist on site. Domestic staff undertake all laundry except for dry cleaning and aim to have items turned round within the day. Older boarders have access to a washing machine and tumble dryer if they wish to do their own laundry.

Recreational areas are communal and are used by all boarders:

Games room

In the Games room there is a table football table and a number of board games and games consoles available for use, a TV (often used, for example, for playing Wii games and PS4) and an area for Art and Craft. Otherwise, the Games Room is used by students to relax or to eat their own snacks, as the Games Room is directly adjacent to the kitchen. There is also a d large table-football table, and table-tennis tables are available in the School playground immediately adjacent to the Boarding House.


The kitchen is newly-refurbished and is open to students at various times of day and by request to BH duty staff. The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker which can be used under supervision of staff, and a microwave and kettle for hot drinks etc. One fridge is always stocked with milk and other essentials and students may store cold food (which should be named) in a students’ fridge and other items in cupboards in the kitchen or in students’ own lockers. The kitchen is used at weekends in particular for baking/cookery activities with duty staff.

The kitchen and Games Room are communal areas. Students are expected to clean up their own mess, not play music too loud, and make sure that they let other people have access to the facilities.

TV Rooms

The large TV room is used by most of the Boarders. It is used for watching TV, obviously, so if students want to make a lot of noise and run around then they go outside. This is a communal room and we strive to ensure that it is not unfairly dominated by any particular group of boarders at the expense of other individuals or the boarding community as a whole. The room has several sofas and a pool table and is intended to be an area where students relax.

The TV in the TV Room is equipped with Sky TV. Use of this service is at the discretion of Duty Staff. The Year 7-9 film on Saturday evenings is shown in the TV Room; otherwise students can generally use the TV as they please, but again all students should be mindful of the wishes of the boarding community as a whole when using the room and can always use the small TV room instead if they wish to watch something individually or in a small group. To avoid arguments and disappointments students are asked to book (at 15h30 during the week and in the morning during weekends) any programmes that they want to watch during the evening. Staff can record programmes for students if they ask in advance.

Computer Room

These are in the Sixth Form area directly adjacent to the Boarding House and are accessible via internal doors which are locked and unlocked by Boarding House staff. They are used as ‘prep’ rooms specifically for the completion of homework, and are available also after school and at weekends for general use. Priority is given to those students who need to do academic work.

The computers are all linked to the school Internet. Wireless provision is available to boarders throughout the boarding house. This provision is filtered for inappropriate material and is turned off at night to ensure that boarders do not use it late into the night. Boarders may bring their own lap tops/tablets/smart phones, subject to the school and Boarding House policy.

Youth centre

The Youth Centre is available for use by Boarders at weekends and is often used for Year 7-9 activities during 2nd Prep. The room needs to be opened by a Duty member of staff.

Sports facilities

Boarders have access to the school’s sport facilities without charge, including the sports hall, fitness suite, gymnasium, tennis courts, astroturf and grass pitches. Staff supervision is required for certain activities and there are certain times of the week where these facilities are booked out to the Sports Centre and cannot be used by boarders. During Sports Centre opening hours, bookings for the gymnasium need to be made through the Sports Centre.

The Music room is equipped with a variety of musical instruments and is open to all boarders at times to be agreed with BH duty staff. Again, students are encouraged to pursue any interest they have in this area.


The Boarding House garden is open to boarders at all times, weather permitting. These include extensive lawns, a vegetable garden which is tended by House staff and boarders, and various outdoor games. The area is also used for barbecues and open-air/marquee events such as an end-of-year disco.


The catering at De Aston, both for day students and boarders, is provided by specialist education caterers - Taylor Shaw. Their philosophy is to provide fresh, nutritious food served in a homely and sociable environment. The catering team is led by Chef Paul Newton and provides three meals a day for the boarders. Breakfast is served in the school dining room. There is a choice of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and a cooked breakfast.

Break and Lunch during the week are served with the ‘day’ students. It is anticipated that Boarders will choose a cooked meal or a sandwich meal deal. Both are to be eaten in the canteen unless the individual is involved in a school-based activity. Boarders’ daily allowance for meals during the school day is accessed using a fingerprint identification system at tills in the canteen. This allowance is designed to meet normal dietary needs at break and lunchtime; boarders will regularly be reminded of the need to provide a balanced diet for themselves and boarders who need advice and help with their diet will always receive help from BH staff. Boarders who are going out on a school-based activity over lunch time can order a packed lunch at breakfast time. These will always be ready by 8:20am or earlier.

The evening meal for boarders is cafeteria self-service with a choice of hot meals, always with a vegetarian option, and a salad bar. The menus are displayed in the dining room and the boarding house so boarders can plan their eating during the day. All boarders are expected to attend all meals. During weekend meals, a member of staff will take a roll call to ensure that all Boarders are safe. If students are out of the Boarding House on an approved activity at a meal time they can ask for a meal to be saved, or they can ask for a packed lunch. This is done through the Boarding House staff on duty.

The meals are nutritionally balanced and provide plenty of choice. The catering team are always happy to provide a suitable diet for those students who have a food allergy, cultural or other special dietary requirements. If a boarder really does not like any food on offer the catering team will do their best to provide something that they do like. The Chef meets termly with the boarders to discuss menus and works with them to develop a service and food options that they want. Regular, minuted meetings, also take place between the Head of Boarding and a committee of boarders to discuss catering provision and report back to Chef Paul. The catering team also arrange themed evenings during the year which the boarders look forward to. These have included Chinese New Year, an Indian Curry Night, American BBQ, and a formal Christmas dinner.

At weekends a ‘help yourself’ breakfast of cereals and toast is provided in the Boarding House. This is followed by a ‘brunch’ served in the dining room. The normal cafeteria evening meal applies. Bread, milk, fruit and cereals are available in the Boarding House for boarders to make snacks if they are hungry in ‘down’ time. The new kitchen facility within the House is open under staff supervision at selected times and on request from boarders.


Students are encouraged to pursue their own sporting and recreational interests and to engage fully in the sporting, cultural and social life of the town and its wider population and locality.

De Aston has outstanding links with local sports clubs. Boarders are able to join these clubs and take part in practice sessions as well as representing the club at the appropriate age level. This provides boarders with plentiful opportunities to develop their sporting skills and also allow them to get to know locally-based students outside the school environment. All the clubs with links to De Aston and its Boarding House have excellent safeguarding ratings and every precaution is undertaken to ensure the safety of the young people in the club, including full risk assessment and all club details being available to parents. Wherever possible boarding staff accompany boarders to fixtures and practices.

Our current boarders are members of the following local clubs and groups:

  • Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club
  • Market Rasen Cricket and Association Football Club
  • Tealby Tennis Club
  • Market Rasen Golf Club
  • Caistor and Market Rasen Running Club
  • Market Rasen (St. Thomas’s) Church Bell-ringing Society
  • Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Lincolnshire County Cricket Club
  • Air and Army Cadets (Market Rasen branches)
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • The Scouting and Girl Guide movement
  • Lincolnshire Streetdance
  • Janet Ashton School of Dance
  • Market Rasen Roman Catholic Church
  • Brigg and District Netball Club
  • School athletics, rugby, football, cricket, table tennis, volleyball and netball teams

Boarders are also encouraged to get to know the area via a wide range of extra-curricular experiences offered to them at weekends. These include shopping and cinema trips and visits to local leisure amenities. The activities calendar is constantly updated and boarders are free to pick and choose which activities they would like to attend. Lincolnshire is a beautiful county with abundant historical, cultural and wildlife opportunities and boarders are given every opportunity to explore it from coast to coast!


LG Counselling Services

Lee Gledhill - Registered Counsellor, bound by the Code of Ethics and Professional

Practice of COSRT and BACP. Counselling Service for children and young people Information for parents and carers:

A counsellor will be in school on a Wednesday and is available to see boarders, day pupils and members of staff. De Aston works with Lee Gledhill, who is Relate trained and holds suitable counselling qualifications. Lee has worked with De Aston for many years and is hugely experienced in counselling children and young people. We do not use volunteer or trainee counsellors in school so any counsellor your child sees will be a fully trained professional.

We know that children are affected by family change, including parental/carer conflict, loss, separation or divorce and that it helps to have someone "outside" to talk to. Counselling offers children the opportunity to explore their feelings and help them to find healthy coping strategies to deal with any disruptions in their family life.

Children and young people will experience the counsellor as validating their feelings and will be better equipped to manage their own life during and following the time that change is experienced within the family.

Discussion with a counsellor can help the young person to gain an understanding of their experiences and circumstances and explore ways of helping them cope with their situation.

The counselling will be completely confidential and the only time there may be a disclosure is if the counsellor is worried about the safety of the young person or someone they have mentioned. Each young person will be seen on their own though there may be times when a parent/guardian is invited to attend.

Referrals are made to Andrew Quinlan – Assistant Head and Head of Boarding – by Head of Year, Head of Additional Needs, and or Deputy Head Pastoral, when they feel that counselling is appropriate and may benefit the young person. Parents, Carers, GP, other professionals, or the young person themselves who feel that counselling is a possibility should approach one of the pastoral staff listed above. Generally, formal consent from parents or carers is required before counselling can commence.


We would like to thank you for your warm welcome at De Aston last Monday. It was -indeed- a very thorough and useful conversation and tour, which certainly reinforced -and reassured- our belief that De Aston will be an important step stone in our childs growth as a student and, above all, as a person. We loved the atmosphere of the School (and surrounding Sports facilities), and the Boarding House itself (and the organisation put in place there): congratulations for managing both in such a dedicated and fruitful way. To be honest, I am struggling a bit more than my wife with the idea of letting our child go (mainly next year), but both my son and yourself are definitely contributing to smoothening my fears regarding her being happy in De Aston during the next few months.

We also saw our child very much convinced of going and they loved the visit too. They were extremely thrilled with the classes we visited, the people we met, and the Boarding House. Her friend’s presence there definitely contributed to her feeling at home too. Finally, thank you for sharing your very own personal experience (still recall the first words of our conversation, about you being seated in our side of the “sofa room”), that has definitely contributed to myself feeling more convinced now. All in all, we look forward to confirm our child’s enrolment this very weekend and stay in close touch with you. Please feel free to address us any concern you may have, too.




I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the care and understanding you have shown to my daughter and her friend over the past five years that they has been at DeAston School.

She is a shy person and finds it very difficult to talk to adults but you created a safe space for her, and for that I am most grateful.

I believe education is about academic and holistic well being, when an opportunity came up for her to go to Everest, you supported the decision and she got to experience something very few young people get to do. The memories of the trip and the friends she made will last a lifetime.

You and your team have handled her indiscretions with understanding, I hope you have felt supported from my end. Everyone makes mistakes and you enabled her to see them as such and move on from them.

She has had a tough time at times but you and your staff have been there for her and helped her to build resilience. I am very grateful for your correspondence with me and the check ins you put in place for mu daughter.

She is off on a new adventure now but as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. I am very glad she was in your village.



Can I visit the Boarding House before I arrive for my first term at De Aston?

We encourage as much contact as possible with De Aston before your arrival. Visits can be arranged where you and your family will meet the Head of Boarding, boarding staff, current boarders and anyone else in School you would like to meet (such as your Head of Year). We are happy to arrange short stays for prospective boarders during he summer term prior to arrival. We will also set up correspondence between the new boarder and a current boarder, so that you can already feel part of the School and Boarding House before your arrival.

Will I have to take an entrance exam?

There is no entrance exam as De Aston is a non- selective school. Candidates complete an application form and have an interview. We also ask for a reference from their current school to make sure that they will easily integrate in to a residential community of 60 other students. If English is not a candidate’s main language they will undertake an assessment to make sure that they can cope with the lessons at De Aston. A candidate applying for a Year 12 place who is not on a GCSE course will have to undertake further diagnostic tests to ensure that they are applying for appropriate courses.

What happens if I need additional support with my English?

In addition to the English Assessment as part of their interview boarders will undergo a further assessment at the start of their course. The results of these tests will show whether additional support is required. Some support is offered in class, however if further EAL tuition is required it is available at an additional cost. The school employs an EAL Intervention Officer, Mrs Helen Robinson. Her job is to oversee, and help, the work of all EAL students. Overseas boarders are encouraged to discuss all language-based difficulties with Mrs Robinson. Support is offered both in School time and after school in the Boarding House, often on a one-to-one basis. Mrs Robinson’s work focuses on enhancing the student’s ‘skills for Life’ as well as his or her access to the curriculum at De Aston. This support varies from student to student, but typically focuses upon grammar and vocabulary acquisition, functional use of English, pronunciation and developing proficiency in spoken English.

Who will ‘care’ for me at De Aston Boarding House?

A team of trained pastoral staff, both resident and non-resident, is employed to look after the boarders. They will also work closely with parents and guardians. All staff employed by the Boarding House are concerned with the day-to-day welfare of students, including immediate medical care. For boarding staff, the welfare and happiness of the boarder is paramount, and staff are available at all times for this reason. The Head of Boarding is on site for the majority of the week, including most weekends, and encourages boarders to seek advice, support, guidance and friendship from all boarding staff. There is an ‘Independent Listener’ attached to the Boarding House. Boarders can discuss welfare concerns with the ‘Independent Listener’ if they need to speak confidentially to someone other than staff.

Will I adapt easily to boarding school life?

It is natural for boarders to miss home, family and friends at first. Some overseas students have the added problem of jet-lag to get over. In addition, boarders may not have the language skills [or cultural background] to adapt quickly to their new environment. De Aston Boarding Staff are particularly aware of these problems which any new boarder may suffer. Staff will do their best to make sure that everyone soon gains the confidence to settle into life at a boarding school. Boarding life is busy – you will find that the routine of school life and boarding life provides an exciting challenge and is one that you’ll be sharing with lots of other new boarders.

What do I do about homework or additional study?

There is an emphasis on independent study. Every evening there is quite time set aside for study. The junior year groups are supervised. Individuals are offered help with their work if they require it. Boarders are encouraged to use the study and computer facilities, with broadband internet access, for study and leisure. Wi-fi Internet access is available for boarders with their own lap tops and tablets.

What is the accommodation like?

The residential accommodation for younger boarders is in shared rooms of 2 or 3 students, with single bedrooms for senior boarders. There are shared bath and shower rooms. For recreation time there are shared common rooms, TV rooms, ‘Games’ rooms, computer rooms as well as study facilities. Students have access to the Boarding House kitchen to make snacks. The boarders have access to the school’s sports facilities in recreation periods.

What should I bring with me?

Not too much as there is limited storage. Each boarder has a wardrobe, with a lockable safe, drawers and a locker. Boarders in Years 7 to 11 need to remember that their uniform will take up some of this space. All older boarders have access to a desk. Boarders bring their own duvet covers and towels. Boarders may bring their own computers and other electronic equipment (I pad, games console, tablet and mobile phone), but should remember the importance of keeping these safe in the storage facilities available. There are rules about safety and where and when they can be used. These items are not covered by the Boarding House or the School’s Insurance.

What is the School uniform like and where do I get it from?

The School uniform is available from the uniform shop on the School site. You will be given full uniform lists prior to arrival. Uniform can then be pre-ordered to be picked up when you arrive. The Head of Boarding and Boarding Administrator are always on hand to offer advice and reassurance concerning uniform and kit; we will always ensure that you turn up for School, or for sporting events, fully kitted-out.

Will I get enough to eat and what if I don’t like the school food?

Boarders get three full meals a day. There is always a choice of salads and fruit as well as the hot meals. The menu is posted in advance – boarders are invited to discuss this with the Catering Manager and with the Head of Boarding if they do not like what is on offer. The caterers will provide appropriate alternative meals for those boarders who are unable to eat the planned meal for cultural, religious or medical reasons. Bread, Spreads, milk, cereals, fruit, hot and cold drinks are provided for consumption by boarders after school and in the evenings. Boarders are able to prepare their own snacks in the Boarding House kitchen.

Do I have to do my own washing?

A full laundry service is provided for all boarders. Older boarders who wish to do their own laundry and ironing can do so. They need to ask the house staff first.

Are there any lessons at weekends?

No. However, around public examination times some staff run revision lessons on a Saturday Morning and of course as your exams or other important work start you will be encouraged to spend some time over the weekend working in the School computer rooms or elsewhere to ensure that you are fully-prepared. Revision lessons / course work sessions are sometimes arranged on INSET days when the rest of the School is not in session.

Are there any trips during the weekends?

There is a full programme of visits to Lincoln and the Lincolnshire area, as well as to other local cities including Sheffield, Nottingham and York. There are many trips and activities arranged, for example cinema, swimming, bowling, Alton Towers, go karting, ‘Lazer Quest’ and ‘Airsoft’. Boarding staff welcome ideas form borders for weekend excursions and our policy is always to support boarders’ interests wherever possible. As Christmas approaches, trips are organised with the festive season in mind. Boarders are encouraged to join in with community clubs and activities – Rugby, Soccer, Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Church, Air/Army Cadets and Drama. Even bell-ringing is available locally! Boarders can visit the shops in Market Rasen, where most essentials can be purchased.

Can I continue to play a musical instrument?

Yes. Instrumental lessons can be arranged (at extra cost) through the music department. There is a music room within the Boarding House, and if you play a musical instrument you are encouraged to bring it with you. We also have links with the Lincolnshire Music Centre, who run the Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and cater for very talented musicians

I live overseas. Will I have to leave De Aston Boarding House during exeats and half term?

De Aston Boarding House is open during exeat weekends. During half-term boarders need to stay with their Education Guardian if they can’t stay with their family. It is possible to stay with friends from school provided that both sets of parents agree and confirm the arrangements in writing.

What happens if I’m ill?

The House Staff look after boarders when they are ill and will make sure that they receive the appropriate medication and care. All boarders are registered with the Market Rasen Surgery. Appointments will be made with medical staff if requested or if House staff feel boarders need further medical advice. House staff will accompany boarders to appointments in Market Rasen if asked. Junior boarders are always accompanied. House Staff will always accompany boarders to medical appointments outside Market Rasen. The House staff can make dental or opticians’ appointments with local providers for boarders.

Who arranges travel and how close is the School to major airports?

Parents/Guardians are responsible for making travel arrangements, but they do this where necessary with the help of the Boarding House administrator who can advise them on times, help out with the purchase of train tickets and ensure that boarders are transported to and from the Boarding House and the relevant airport or railway station. Humberside Airport is a 20 minute car ride from Market Rasen. There are good rail and road links to all of the London Airports as well as Manchester and Birmingham.

What are the arrangements for pocket money?

House Staff run a pocket money system which is well-used by boarders. However most boarders also operate a bank account. House staff are always on hand to offer advice about spending and boarders are encouraged not to keep large amounts of money on them in case it goes missing.

Can I leave things at school over the holidays?

Yes, boarders may leave property in their rooms during the holidays, except for the Summer Break. They are required to ensure that their area is clean and tidy before they leave for the holiday. All boarders are expected to empty their rooms completely before the summer holiday. Overseas students can leave some of their property in locked store rooms over the summer break. Boarders are encouraged to use this long break to take home items that they have outgrown or no longer need.

May my friends visit me at De Aston Boarding House?

Yes. Friends are welcome to visit the House. Clear arrangements need to be made with the House Staff. Boarders inviting a school friend to stay overnight at the weekend need to ensure that the guest’s parents or carers have completed the appropriate form and returned it to House staff in time for permission to be granted by the school. We normally ask for 48 hours’ notice. In the same way, if a boarder wishes to visit a friend overnight at the weekend, we ask for both sets of parents to let us know this in writing with 48 hours’ notice. Whilst visiting families during term time, boarders are expected to follow the code of behaviour that operates in the Boarding House. Visitors to the Boarding House are the responsibility of their host. If they behave inappropriately they will be expected to go home straight away.

Do I need a guardian?

Boarders whose family live overseas must have an appointed Education Guardian. The guardian provides a UK link between the boarder’s parents/carers and the school. In an emergency [school closure, serious illness, exclusion from school] guardians will be required to collect and provide accommodation for the boarder.

What are the fees?

The fee for the full year is broken into three instalments payable at the start of each term (September, January, April). For the Year 2106 - 2017 it is £3286 per term. If fees are not paid the Governors reserve the right to remove the boarding place. The annual charge covers boarding costs (accommodation, meals and care staff). There is no charge for timetabled mainstream teaching [although 'special' tutoring is extra]. It does not cover uniform, equipment or trips. Additional expenses, such as outings, books and school trips will be added to the 'extras' bill. Parents/Carers may if they wish pay the fees in instalments. Details of available schemes can be obtained from Debbie Sheldrick- Boarding Administrator. Debbie can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone on 01673 840822.