Poulton is home to the Sixth Form boarders. We are located on the top two floors of the main school building so have fantastic views across Malvern and most importantly do not get wet walking to school if it rains.
In house girls are encouraged to be independent which prepares them for university life. We have four kitchens where girls are allowed to cook some meals. They are also expected to wash their own laundry and keep the House tidy.
Poulton has a wonderful community atmosphere and with staff operating with an open door policy, girls can rest assured there is always someone to talk to and support them. Poulton provides a relaxing home-from-home environment so that girls are able to enjoy their last years at Malvern St James with a listening ear and clear guidance.
There is a big emphasis on study in the house as girls work towards their A level exams at the end of the year. We have a computer suite within the boarding house as well as girls having full access to the Sixth Form centre and library which most evening’s houses large work parties of girls helping each other in their studies.
However we also ensure there is a good work/life balance with plenty of fun to be had as well. We have weekly outings that any girl can choose to participate in, or they may choose to go to Worcester or Birmingham with friends. In the evenings we hold on-demand craft evenings, cooking sessions and games nights with team games that are open to all, enthusiasm for all of these is the only criteria. In addition to this girls can use the gym or go up town for a meal.
"I joined Malvern St James in 2013 and have now been studying here for three years. Looking back at the person I was before joining and who I am today, one would notice a stark contrast. I arrived to a great culture shock which made me realise just how sheltered my life was in Uganda. Starting at MSJ did push me out of my comfort zone and forced me to evolve as an individual, not to fit anyone’s expectations of me, but to become a more confident, self assured person. I decided to get involved in a variety of different societies and extra curricular activities ranging from guitar lessons and Model United Nations to taking up Mandarin and doing a GCSE in it. Each activity brought something different to the table and helped me realise hidden strengths and talents I never knew I had. Through these activities I was able to I find my passion and hone in on particular skills that would benefit my educational experience.
I developed the confidence not only to immerse myself in extra curricular activities, but also to take on leadership positions such as Head of House, Managing Director for Young Enterprise and Deputy Head girl. These roles were like the “cherry on top”, proving that I really could do anything I set my mind to. The one thing I will definitely take away with me to university and working life is the ‘sisterhood’ amongst peers in this school. Meeting like-minded individuals and forming friendships where we are constantly discussing world issues, learning about each other’s cultures/religions and growing together is the most amazing thing. Something else I would take away with me is the never-ending yearning for knowledge. The idea of always asking questions, doing independent research and always being critical of the information given allowed me to stay in the know but also form my own opinions about certain topics. I feel that I have definitely been given the opportunity to flourish at MSJ, and I hope other students can do the same." Andrea Rugasira, Year 13
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