Boarding & Welfare
Our Boarding Houses
Set in their own grounds located in a small village close to the Welsh coastal town of Llanelli, St. Michael’s boarding houses are in a semi-rural environment.
Parc House is off-campus (approximately 3 km from school) and students are transferred each day on a school bus. The House accommodates 22 students and the floors are divided into male and female zones. Parc House generates the atmosphere of a family home, with plenty of shared communal space alongside well-furnished and good sized bedroom accommodation. The students share a large common room used for evening meals and supervised study and alongside this they have a small games room, tv/video room and a music room. Parc House students are taken to the main school campus at 08:00am (Monday –Friday) and here they join the seniors for breakfast. At the end of the school day and following any after-school activities, the juniors have an evening meal at 18:30. All the evening meals are cooked on the premises and the chef provides a healthy and balanced menu and where possible caters for cultural preferences. In the evenings; Sunday to Thursday the students have supervised prep followed by a ‘quiet period’ before going off to their rooms. Parc House students have a choice of compulsory after school activities; this will include options from sport to arts and drama and every student is expected to get involved. Likewise at the week end some trips and activities are compulsory. The boarding staff actively encourage and motivate our younger boarders to participate and get the exercise that young students need.
Over the mid-term breaks, St. Michael’s allows boarders to remain in their accommodation. Seniors have a flexible programme across the week as most will be taking advantage of University Open Days. Junior boarders will have a combination of some optional activities alongside compulsory expectations. The programme will vary each term and should any costs be involved then parents will be advised beforehand.
Tenby House is on-campus and provides accommodation for up to 40 students and with electronic keys, students can only access areas designated for either male or female students. The bedrooms are vibrant, modern, cosy and provide an area conducive for personal study. With its large common room, students can relax and enjoy each other’s company but at the same time their bedrooms provide the ideal space for private study and the opportunity to be your own person in your own space.
The Boarding Manager lives within the same premises and takes a personal interest in each and every student, supporting them when required and bringing discipline in to the house when required. With a team of staff, the boarders are kept safe and an adult is always present should a student have a problem or concern they need to discuss. A Head Boy and Head Girl are appointed at the start of every new school year and they take a positive role in the day to day life of boarding. They will help new boarders settle into St. Michael’s way of life and aid them to feel comfortable and at home. All of our staff have a great deal of experience and have been chosen for their patience, good humour, strong pastoral care and energy.
“Boarding at St. Mike’s is a homely, warm environment where we are all well looked after. We are provided with a variety of after school activities but are also encouraged to get into good study habits.”Boarding Pupil