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Legal boarding school minimum temperatures? help. I'm so cold

I go to a boarding school, its very old and my (bed)room is particularly cold and draughty. I'm wondering is there was a minimum requirement, as there is in most day schools, because my room is now uninhabitable but they won't give me a different/safer one.

Also hi to my IT admins who might see this xx

It got so cold I told them I couldn't sleep at all a couple nights ago, despite wearing all my clothes, having 2 blankets, having draught excluders on my windows and putting my jumper down by the bottom of the door to reduce the wind. I'm shivering all the time at night, they turn the radiators only on in the day and all the heat leaves the room immediately. I know my room is the coldest due to its design, very loose windows and the 2 inch gap at the bottom of the door.

I've complained so many times but they say nothing can be done. Last night they said I could sleep in the room of a girl who's away due to illness. Her window has been open for 2 months since she left, and it was still warmer than mine despite me doing everything to retain heat in mine. And yes, sleeping in her bed was so, so, so much fckn warmer than mine has ever been. I could sleep in a t-shirt and without draught excluders or blanket and not shiver or feel cold. So it's only my room. I've even sellotaped and put carboard in the gaps of the window frame to try and stop the breeze, which is so strong in my room that it moves the curtains about despite the draught excluders. We are also not allowed portable heaters as they post a fire hazard lmao.

It's certainly below 10 degrees each night. Pupils have very little power here, so I was wondering if this is illegal lol. The lowest I think it's gotten is about 6 degrees but I'm not sure. I'm not even a puss to cold since I normally go outside in just my t-shirt during autumn.

In UK school classrooms the requirements are: minimum 21deg for living spaces, min 15deg for active areas, and 18deg for normal activity areas like classrooms.

help lol. I'm fckn freezing and no one's listening to me. Is 6 degrees in bedrooms is lower than legally habitable at schools?
(edited 2 years ago)
Original post by 2349817
I go to a boarding school, its very old and my (bed)room is particularly cold and draughty. I'm wondering is there was a minimum requirement, as there is in most day schools, because my room is now uninhabitable but they won't give me a different/safer one.

Also hi to my IT admins who might see this xx

It got so cold I told them I couldn't sleep at all a couple nights ago, despite wearing all my clothes, having 2 blankets, having draught excluders on my windows and putting my jumper down by the bottom of the door to reduce the wind. I'm shivering all the time at night, they turn the radiators only on in the day and all the heat leaves the room immediately. I know my room is the coldest due to its design, very loose windows and the 2 inch gap at the bottom of the door.

I've complained so many times but they say nothing can be done. Last night they said I could sleep in the room of a girl who's away due to illness. Her window has been open for 2 months since she left, and it was still warmer than mine despite me doing everything to retain heat in mine. And yes, sleeping in her bed was so, so, so much fckn warmer than mine has ever been. I could sleep in a t-shirt and without draught excluders or blanket and not shiver or feel cold. So it's only my room. I've even sellotaped and put carboard in the gaps of the window frame to try and stop the breeze, which is so strong in my room that it moves the curtains about despite the draught excluders. We are also not allowed portable heaters as they post a fire hazard lmao.

It's certainly below 10 degrees each night. Pupils have very little power here, so I was wondering if this is illegal lol. The lowest I think it's gotten is about 6 degrees but I'm not sure. I'm not even a puss to cold since I normally go outside in just my t-shirt during autumn.

In UK school classrooms the requirements are: minimum 21deg for living spaces, min 15deg for active areas, and 18deg for normal activity areas like classrooms.

help lol. I'm fckn freezing and no one's listening to me. Is 6 degrees in bedrooms is lower than legally habitable at schools?

Are your parents able to contact the school and raise the issue? This seems pretty unacceptable.
Original post by 2349817
I go to a boarding school, its very old and my (bed)room is particularly cold and draughty. I'm wondering is there was a minimum requirement, as there is in most day schools, because my room is now uninhabitable but they won't give me a different/safer one.

In UK school classrooms the requirements are: minimum 21deg for living spaces, min 15deg for active areas, and 18deg for normal activity areas like classrooms.

help lol. I'm fckn freezing and no one's listening to me. Is 6 degrees in bedrooms is lower than legally habitable at schools?

"Boarding houses and other accommodation provided for boarders is appropriately lit, heated and ventilated, cleaned and maintained, and reasonable adjustments are made to provide adequate accessible accommodation for any boarders with restricted mobility.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416186/20150319_nms_bs_standards.pdf
Reply 3
That's terrible that your IT admins can see everything you do on the internet. Id hate to go to a boarding school
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Reply 4
Original post by MumofAleveller
Are your parents able to contact the school and raise the issue? This seems pretty unacceptable.

My reply months later sorry!: This eventually happened and they gave me a heater.... which was revolutionary for being able to sleep for more than 4 hours a night due to cold, but they also didn't listen to me for f***ing months and kind of just thought I was being melodramatic even though it was one of my first serious complaints in 5 years. At least I'm leaving it two weeks though lmao, I really dislike how they run it and they don't listen to the students at all, they're one of the 'main' boarding schools and pretend they're really good but they treat some of us like **** sometimes ngl - thank you for your reply
Reply 5
Original post by kolme
That's terrible that your IT admins can see everything you do on the internet. Id hate to go to a boarding school

It's not all bad, tbh I've been rather unlucky with some aspects but its nice living with your friends 24/7. I'm glad I've gone there, leaving in 2 weeks thank god, but I think I also have a bit of Stockholm syndrome for it ngl.

( and I slightly get why they have the wifi blocker for things like porn and looking up things like 'how to build bombs,' but they also block things like snapchat and places that sell bikinis (basically any clothing site) and it's completely over-the-top :/ )
Reply 6
Original post by Muttley79
"Boarding houses and other accommodation provided for boarders is appropriately lit, heated and ventilated, cleaned and maintained, and reasonable adjustments are made to provide adequate accessible accommodation for any boarders with restricted mobility.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416186/20150319_nms_bs_standards.pdf

I eventually got a heater! Thank god, thank you :smile: (... but only after months of practically begging, having to go home it was too cold, and living in my friends room despite paying fees to live here lol... but, yeah, I still wish there was a way to actually report this stuff to a higher power since none of the house staff did anything until my parent emailed our first complaint in 5 years - I'm in one of more famous boarding schools and I wish there was a way to actually flag to the people who regulate these living standards about how *****y they treat some of us and pretend they're treating us well.)
Name and shame once you leave.
Reply 8
Original post by Scotney
Name and shame once you leave.

Truth :frown:
Original post by 2349817
Truth :frown:

Parents could also report it to board of govenors.
This is mad. The one thing that should be absolutely obvious about public school is that your parents are consumers. If you have an issue with the school, they call up and something gets done. Nothing will terrify a school more than a tweet or instagram post of a kid in a dorm with a woolly hat on in bed and a thermometer showing how cold it is, with an accompanying threat by a parent to remove a pupil. That sort of thing gets lapped up by the lefty media (basically the entire media) who despise public school with a seething, unhinged hatred.

Bottom line. Get your parents involved early and provide evidence, and something will get done. They aren't paying tens of thousands of pounds a year for you to be freezing cold.
Reply 11
Original post by Scotney
Parents could also report it to board of govenors.

Not a bad idea, thank you, though.

But at the same time I doubt anything would happen ahaha. (Keeping it short: In a week alone last term we had someone build (in vague terms) a weapon, overt homophobic abuse, and this guy who walked around in colonial dress saying racist slurs... yet they knew the governors so they didn't get punished :/ lovely place but I'll name and shame past graduation ahaha)

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