Salisbury Cathedral School Welcomes new House Parents to the Boarding House
Salisbury Cathedral School welcomes Mr Reynolds and Ms Wernham to their new role as House Parents in the boarding house. It’s a step up for the newly engaged young couple in recognition of their fantastic work as boarding tutors over the last few years. Boarding at Salisbury Cathedral School is renowned for its special family atmosphere, and this is something Mr Reynolds and Ms Wernham are focussed on maintaining and improving.
‘Having been part of the Salisbury Cathedral School boarding family for many years already, it is a real honour to be asked to take the role of House Parent,’ said Mr Reynolds. ‘Boarding at our school has always been about providing a home from home, with a family atmosphere, and this is what we want to build on.’
The couple inherit a thriving community of full boarders including many forces families, choristers, and international pupils primarily from Spain and South Africa. They are now looking to build on this happy family by improving the flexi-boarding provision and creating a new day boarding opportunity.
‘We believe that increasing the number of flexi-boarders, and investing in day boarding, will improve the full boarding experience. After all, playdates and sleepovers are an integral part of family life. It is a real win-win situation. Day pupils can experience a slice of boarding life and boarding pupils enjoy more time with their friends,’ explains Ms Wernham.
Ensuring continuity for full time boarders will remain a key priority whilst welcoming more pupils into the extended boarding community. Flexi-boarders will be assimilated into existing boarding routines and regular flexi-boarders will be invited to leave their boarding kit at school to help them feel even more at home.
The new ‘day boarding’ provision offers opportunities for pupils to stay for an extended school day taking supper with the boarders and enjoy relaxing with their friends during boarders’ time. Pupils participating have access to use school facilities – such as the pool, cricket nets and adventure playground - during boarders’ time or can just relax with friends in the boarders’ common room.
About Salisbury Cathedral School’s new House Parents
Mr Reynolds has taught at Salisbury Cathedral School for seven years. He is a chorister tutor and a class teacher as well as House Parent. Ms Wernham joined Salisbury Cathedral School in 2020 and works as a form tutor and English teacher as well as a House Parent. Working within the school as well as the boarding house means Mr Reynolds and Ms Wernham have a full understanding of the lives of
the children in their care and can support them accordingly. Ms Wernham is qualified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and is trained to teach mindfulness by the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
About boarding at Salisbury Cathedral School
Salisbury Cathedral School boarders live in a period property a short walk from the school, but still within the walls of the beautiful Cathedral Close in the heart of Salisbury. It is a real home from home filled with family furnishings and opening onto a large grassy lawn where the children can play. It is deliberately empty of any kind of commercial furniture or fittings; soft sofas, new bunk beds and books and games fill the rooms and a few of the windows have a highly coveted Cathedral view. Two much-loved guinea pigs – Aggie and Enid named after Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton – complete the family.