As the latest academic year draws to a close, pupils – and staff – share their secrets on successfully settling in their new surroundings. Here, Port Regis School student Charles (11) tells us how he has been getting on.

How have you found your first year at the school?
My first year at Port Regis has been very enjoyable. It is my first experience of boarding and it has been great fun.

What have you enjoyed the most?
Meeting new people and the overall experience of being at a really happy school, where there is so much to do and a wide range of activities to choose from.

What new skills or hobbies have you picked up?
Squash, cricket, football, computer coding, fencing, swimming, tennis, lectures and debates, playing musical instruments and singing in the choir.

What did you find was the biggest challenge?
Settling in, as it was my first time at boarding school and it was a big change from my previous schools, both in size, numbers and activities.

What advice would you give to someone starting at the school in the next academic year?
Be confident; try as many of the activities on offer as you can, because you will find new things that you really like. Relax and don’t get stressed about anything, as there are great teachers and staff at Port Regis to help you all the way. You will make good friends extremely quickly.

Port Regis is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3-13. Situated in 150 acres of beautiful parkland in North Dorset, the school has a number of military families. We are proud of our association with the services and offer vast experience in dealing with the specific needs and pastoral care of children who have parents in the armed forces.

The decision to place your children in a boarding environment while the family is posted away, is an emotive one. Port Regis has a full pastoral and academic structure in place to fully support your child and the family. We also understand the administrative complexities families face when they claim CEA and have years of experience of helping families with this.

Please feel free to contact our Registrar, Mrs Lally Holme, on or 01747 857914 and she will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

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