Boarding & Accommodation
The Hammond has two boarding houses, for girls and boys between the ages of 11 - 16. Hampton Lodge, the larger of the two, accommodates the girls in a large three storey building with dorms in various sizes, whilst Clovelly accommodates boys in two-bedded dorms for older boys and a larger dorm for years 7 & 8s. Both houses are run by a professional team of housemasters and housemistresses who strive to provide a warm and homely feel which allows pupils to achieve their potential. All staff are continuously updating their training with the Boarding School Association and all are trained in the safeguarding of children and in first aid. Senior house staff are also qualified in Boarding Management.
The houses are within walking distance of each other and many activities are arranged at weekends when the pupils have a chance to mix. Chester City Centre is within easy walking distance so shopping, swimming and cinema are regular trips, with other activities also on hand. Staff have the use of the school minibus at weekends which allows trips further afield.
The main school campus is about two miles away from the boarding houses so the boarders are bussed to and from school each day. Boarders enjoy living away from the school as it gives them a feeling of "going home" at the end of the day.
All students are registered with The Hammond G.P, and we also have a physiotherapist who visits the school on a twice weekly basis. Dependent upon the treatment needed, pupils can either be treated on site or at the physiotherapy practice. Students are accompanied to medical appointments. The Hammond will inform parents of any medical issues and boarders are encouraged to telephone home to discuss important matters. The staff are happy to talk to parents and visits are welcomed as house staff realise that some pupils and parents have to adjust when a child boards for the first time. A sympathetic, experienced member of staff can support both the homesick child and the concerned parent.
Boarders enjoy varied trips in their free time, including theatre and camping (above)
The Oasis Restaurant is at the centre of the school community. Diet is carefully monitored and the catering staff prepare all daily meals for the students of the school. All dietary needs are catered for and the school prides itself on the quality of the nutrition it provides.