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15. Can I go home at weekends?
We do one residential Music Weekend per month which is a compulsory part of the curriculum. At other weekends, you are able to go home if you so wish, but the feasibility of this depends on how far away your home is, and there are two main issues to take into consideration.
Firstly, long journeys on a weekend are very tiring. We have found in the past that even though, with the best will in the world, people want to get home, leaving here on a Friday afternoon to get home late on a Friday, spend Saturday at home and then do it all again on Sunday to get back here in time for Monday morning can be very hard going, and you may find that you get back here more tired than you were when you left!
The second issue is that it can be difficult to organise public transport to make a long journey after school finishes on the Friday. The High School have been very flexible about this, and have in the past allowed people who have a long way to travel to leave early on a Friday and return late on a Monday, especially those in the lower school. However, the effect that this can have on your High School work has to be taken into consideration, especially in the upper school.
Experience suggests that a fair balance could be that you stay here on the music weekend and one other weekend per month, leaving two weekends per month to get home. This has the dual advantage of keeping you in touch with home, and also enabling you to become part of the team here. There are some students who are here pretty much every weekend, so there’s always somebody here, and almost always something going on. Another very common solution is that your parents and other family could visit you here. There are lots of good hotels and B&Bs in the area, plenty to do, and many worse places to spend a weekend!
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