Boarding and Care

Clubs and Activities

At Mary Hare, we believe that having fun and taking part in social and physical activities is as important to your child’s development. All work and no play is not our philosophy!

We have a full programme of activities and clubs after school each day organized by the care staff. A list of clubs and activities each term is put up in each boarding house and around the school. We also make sure that some activities include joining with hearing pupils from other Newbury schools both off and on site. 

Your son or daughter may also be involved in team sports against other local mainstream and independent schools throughout Berkshire. Sports include football, cricket, athletics, rounders, netball, tennis, hockey and swimming. Pupils in the senior forms also take part in squash, archery, badminton, table tennis and orienteering. Pupils are also allowed to bring bicycles to school but must pass their Road Safety Cycling Proficiency Test beforehand. We have lots of lovely grounds for pupils to enjoy during the summer months.


If your son or daughter likes to be busy all the time then he/she will not be disappointed! We have clubs and activities on every evening. However, some pupils prefer to just relax in the boarding house with their friends, watching a dvd, listening to music or generally chilling out with friends.

To give you an idea, some of our evening clubs include:

  • Horseriding
  • Karate
  • Life skills
  • Trampolining
  • Swimming
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Boxercise


Some of our weekend activities include:

  • Wall climbing in Reading
  • Canoeing
  • Trips to the coast
  • London Dungeons
  • Theme parks
  • Cinema and shopping trips to Newbury
  • Visiting local events and shows

Youth Club

Cole’s Diner is our school youth club. It is funded by donations from Mary Hare Alumni and the PTA and is run by pupils with the help of a member from the Care team. It is a great place to meet your friends, hangout, have refreshments and generally chill! It is styled as a 1950’s American diner. Each year group has a designated evening for the youth club. It really is a very popular place to be!

During each term we run a number of events and themed evenings including a race night, national curry week, national cheese pizza day, pirates day and street dance.