News Article
‘Day Plus Boarding’ – a pioneering concept for modern day family life
20th Sep 2013


Issued: September 2013

For immediate release

All Hallows Preparatory School introduces ‘Day Plus Boarding’ – a pioneering concept for modern day family life

In the Independent Education sector, traditionally, parents can enroll their children as either day pupils or boarders. All Hallows Preparatory School (founded 1938), near Bath and Bristol, leads the way once again in original thinking in tune with modern parents’requirements by establishing, in 2013, a new, contemporary package that works in harmony with modern family life.

‘Day-Plus-Boarding’ is a child-focused, innovative concept that marries traditional approaches to holistic education with the recognition of recent dynamics in family life.

Headmaster Ian Murphy explains the principles:

“All Hallows is a vibrant, thriving community and a wonderful place to learn, live, love and grow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ‘Day-Plus-Boarding’ is a gift to parents wanting affordable flexibility to dip into as suits their family circumstances whilst adjusting, constantly,to changing preferences and needs. It is a logical ‘next step’ in terms of working in harmony with parents in the best interests of the child in the twenty first-century world of education.”

Practically, the package offers 75 nights boarding within a single academic year (in celebration of the school’s 75th ‘birthday’ in 2013) with each night representing a significant saving on typical one-night ‘Flexi Boarding’ costs. In even more practical terms this offer equates to far less than the cost of an evening’s babysitting and the children have far more fun! Nights can be taken as and when required, subject to availability. Consider, currently,how much excitement, enjoyment and experience children gain from occasional ‘sleepovers’with day-time friends and multiply those lasting benefits in a modern boarding school environment as the children take part in a wide range of after school activities, with life-long friends, in a safe and familiar confidence-building environment.

For busy parents, the package offers the knowledge that you are providing life-forming opportunities and experiences for your children – the best legacy we leave to the world.‘Day-Plus Boarding’ offers parents the ability to reduce travelling or simply to restore much needed balance in fast-paced lives, without guilt, fear or favour. The lifestyle, financial and predilections of all families do not, necessarily, subscribe to the undoubted benefits of full boarding;nor do the modern needs of families fit easily into the ‘day-pupil’ option. ‘Day-Plus Boarding’ is more than a convenient ‘half-way-house’ option; it presents a proactive,reactive, viable solution to certain needs.

It is anticipated that ‘Day-Plus Boarding’ will give parents living and working further-a-field,occasionally or regularly, the opportunity to give their children a rural, dynamic prep school experience without the need to relocate.

All pupils at All Hallows are welcomed into a stunning manor house within magnificently rolling estate grounds with all the comforts of home, facilities galore, dedicated and professionally-orientated family staff expertise with wrap-around life-skill, learning opportunities and superb, genuine pastoral care. Resident staff and their families, reinforce the feeling of community and vital family values which you, as parents and wider families,value so highly.

All Hallows will launch ‘Day-Plus Boarding’ in September 2013 and preliminary research anticipates a large and immediate uptake for the 2013/14 academic year. Interested families are urged to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on All Hallows, please visit For admission enquiries please contact Jan Bird on 01749 881600 email

About All Hallows:

Notes to Editors;

All Hallows is a Christian Preparatory school in the Roman Catholic tradition welcoming girls and boys aged between 4 and 13 years. All pupils attend on a full time basis and a proportion board either on a full time or flexi boarding basis. The school aims to provide a secure and happy environment where pupils are able to develop the inner confidence to flourish in a changing world. The School strives to awaken children – spiritually and emotionally – making sure that minds are broadened and perspectives widened. All members of the School team encourage learning, independence of thought and the nurturing of self belief, skill and wisdom.

Entry to the school at the age of 4 is not on a competitive basis.All Hallows also operates a number of sporting opportunities and summer camps which are open to the local community.

For more information on All Hallows, please visit For admission enquiries please contact Jan Bird on 01749 881600 email