Rendcomb College, an independent day and boarding school in Gloucestershire, has begun work on the extension and refurbishment of a boarding house. Godman House – currently home to girls aged 11-14 – will welcome both boys and girls from September.
The accommodation will have separate boys’ and girls’ wings, with a modern atrium-style common room in the centre. Study rooms, changing rooms, kitchen and games room also feature, and a full team of pastoral staff will live onsite.
The college claims that the development will also offer flexibility; children can be full, weekly or flexi-boarders, or can stay over on ad-hoc occasions depending on availability. Day pupils will also be able to stay until 8pm.
Also coming in September: Ipswich High School to offer boarding
Head of college, Rob Jones, said: “Opening a coeducational house has many benefits for our pupils, not least the further development of the family atmosphere for which Rendcomb is rightly proud. By bringing the Year 7 to 9 pupils into one purpose-built building, they can enjoy excellent facilities in an environment that is similar to family life.”
The new layout and extension has been designed by local surveyors, James Slater, and work on the ground is being led by building refurbishment and fit-out specialists, CW Duke.
The boys’ current accommodation will be converted into a new sixth form centre, to be opened in 2020.