Our parents tell us that both they and their children feel totally ‘at home’ here.
But we do not fool ourselves; no child ever confuses home with school – not for one second! Children do recognise however, that the same unconditional care for their well-being is to be found here as at home.
Boarders stay at the school one weekend in two and go out on the other weekends. During "in weekends" there is a full programme of lessons, games and activities on the Saturday. Day children in Forms 5 and 6 are excused attendance, but others can stay until 4.30pm or 6pm. At Belhaven we believe in giving children the opportunity to develop a broad range of hobbies and interests.
There is a structured programme on Sunday mornings that includes a Chapel Service in the school taken by the Headmaster or visiting preachers (normally the Heads of Senior Public Schools), while twice a term the school joins with the congregation at two local churches. On Sunday afternoons there is a full range of activities and trips.
Belhaven is such a unique school where my child and his abilities have been nurtured. He has learnt the key life skill of tolerance which can only come from a boarding environment.
(Parent, Form 3)
Weekends out and half terms start at 1 pm on the Friday and children return either on the Sunday evening or on the Monday morning by 8.30am. To assist parents who live comparatively far away, school mini-buses take children to places such as Perth, Brechin and Dumfries at the beginning and end of a weekend out.
Our Housemaster and Housemistress
George joined Belhaven as Housemaster in 2019. Prior to this, he was Head of History at Milton Abbey School in Dorset. He lives above the boys' house with his wife. As well as being Head of History and taking U9 sport, he also accompanies the Belhaven choirs on the piano and organ.
Anna joined Belhaven in 2020. She previously worked as a Residential House Tutor and Director of Drama at Fettes Preparatory School. Anna trained as an actress at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is passionate about pastoral care. Anna says, “I love the feeling of family, community and home-from-home at Belhaven. I was also drawn by the blend of great academics and outdoor education, as well as the opportunities to do more with Drama and public speaking.”
Whether you choose day or boarding, the happiness and welfare of your children is of the utmost importance to us all: pastoral care is at the heart of everything that we do at Belhaven.
The school is divided into four Patrols, each one led by a member of staff. They are aided by a boy and a girl Patrol Leader in their final year who are responsible for looking out for the other members of their patrol.
Forms 1, 2 and 3 have Tutors who meet weekly with their tutees to discuss extra-curricular commitments, ongoing academic progress and any concerns.
Pupils in Forms 4, 5 and 6 are looked after and supervised by their Form Teachers who can be approached by a child with any concerns or worries.
There is a strong network of other staff throughout the school with whom the children can talk, including other subject staff, House Parents, the Matrons or the Headmaster and his wife. The relationship between staff and pupils is of fundamental importance at Belhaven Hill and is based around a framework of mutual respect.
Our excellent team of a Nurse and 6 matrons ensure the physical welfare of each child.