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Boarding FAQs

How is my child kept safe at Dallam Boarding?

Our staff have completed safeguarding training and continue to do so regularly. They are supported by the school DSL, who will support students and families. The boarding house is secure, with a system of electronic entry fobs to allow access. The site has a manned reception during the day, and students are taught how to access help if they require it.  

Students sign in and out of the boarding house with staff, and visits arranged by students are communicated to parents to ask for approval.  

Throughout the year, students are taught to stay safe through the personal development curriculum, assemblies, and boarding house inputs. They have access to support in school and at boarding from House staff or counselling staff employed by the school. 

Students have reminders of key staff posted throughout the boarding house and all have access to an independent listener.  

Trips and visits are monitored centrally by the school and comply with the school trip and visits policy.  

Are students of different faith, gender, sexuality and colour understood and cared for? 

Yes, Dallam school staff have regular safeguarding training, and in school, there are groups such as the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) that are run by staff and students to support and provide a safe space for all.  

The school works with Anti Racist Cumbria to actively promote anti-racism, and pastoral staff support students in school if any issues need resolution. 

What are the daily routines for students? 

These can be found in the boarding handbook. They are a guide for students so that they know the expectations of the house and can prepare for school. Students have set mealtimes, prep and check-in, and bedtime routines to ensure that they are safe and have time for activities and enrichment opportunities. 

Do students have access to high-quality medical care? 

Yes. We recently appointed a new medical officer to Dallam Boarding and significantly improved our physical facilities to care for unwell students. This includes enhanced communications between school and boarding staff, who liaise closely to meet wellbeing needs.   

Are the views of students taken into account by staff? 

Yes, there are various methods for students to express their views to staff via daily meetings, through the boarding student leadership team, or through house staff. Students’ experiences and views are important in shaping how we develop excellent provision for them. 

Will there be leadership changes in the boarding house and school during my son/daughter’s stay? 

The school has a new leadership team committed to developing the highest-quality provision for students. Sometimes, staff changes happen due to factors beyond our control, but any changes will be coordinated carefully and communicated to students and parents. 

Do students receive high-quality pastoral care while at Dallam Boarding? 

Yes, the team of houseparents is committed to developing quality pastoral care. They have developed a handbook for students to help guide them, and the team works collaboratively to ensure all students have their needs met. This may be through interventions in school or the boarding house or via outside agency work based on the assessment of need. 

Can my child store luggage during the main school holidays? 

All boarders returning to Dallam the following academic year can store luggage at the boarding house during the holidays and over the summer holiday period—a storage room will be provided.  

When are the boarding fee invoices sent? 

Invoices are sent out in advance of the start of each term. Payment should be made at least one week before the start of each term. The annual boarding fee is split into three payments.  

How does my child travel to/from either Liverpool or Manchester airports? 

Providing you forward all flight details to the boarding house 21 days before each holiday, we will help you coordinate your child’s travel plan.   

For more information on travel, see ‘Essential travel information’ in the Boarding Handbook below.

How will I know how my child is doing at boarding? 

We understand the importance of communication between parents/carers and the boarding team. We will send you a report in the first two weeks to let you know how your child is settling in, and then a full report is sent to you every term.   

Our boarding houseparents are always in touch here and there with little updates, too. 

How does my child get from the boarding house in Heversham to the school site in Milnthorpe? 

Students travel to and from the boarding house by school bus or can walk the short distance. 

What is the school uniform at Dallam? 

School uniform is worn in Years 7-11.

I would like to become a boarder, what do I do? 

That’s great! Email us at or call us on 015395 63377. 

If you would like to talk to someone about boarding at Dallam or have a question, email us at or call us on 015395 63377.

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