Behind the Swimming Pool, in the corridor leading to the Sixth Form Centre.
Monday – Friday 8am-9am during term time.
The Lost Property Office is run, with remarkable dedication and care, by a team of parents. Students should check for any lost item/s during these times, but in order that we do not have an increased risk from ‘strangers’ wandering about the school, or cause parents the embarrassment of being asked to identify themselves, we ask that parents do not enter the buildings to access this office. However, you can email the Lost Property Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries you may have.
Named items are given a unique number and the owner is emailed and asked to attend the office to collect. All unnamed items are tagged with the date found and kept for 4 weeks. After this time, any unnamed items are donated to local charities or the Good as New Uniform Sales
Property which is lost typically takes one to three days, sometimes much longer, to reach The Lost Property Office and so students are encouraged to make return visits to see if their property has been recovered.
These additional points really help the efficient return of students’ property:
All property should be clearly named. Over half of all property reaching the lost property office is unnamed.
- Mobile phones’ IMEI numbers should be updated on the school contact forms. The IMEI number is unique to that phone and can usually be found under the battery. A phone can also be named by putting the owner’s details inside the battery cover.
- At the end of the school day and at weekends, all property must be secured in lockers or taken home. To that end the school conducts regular ‘bag sweeps’ (see photo!). These are always announced in advance. During bag sweeps, all items of property which have been left around the school are taken to The Lost Property Office.
- During the school day students should only use their lockers and shelves to store property. Items left in other locations may be removed and may be taken to the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Lower School or the Porters. This is to ensure trip hazards are avoided and students’ academic work is not lost.
A significant amount of the volunteers’ time is taken up with locating and returning lost property. Items which are named and only stored where they ought to be cannot easily be lost, removed (whether accidentally or not) or damaged. Once again, parents’ support by naming all items of property is invaluable. It is equally important to emphasise the need for younger boys to learn to look after their property and be able to account for its whereabouts.