Overview

With almost 300 boarders, our vibrant and supportive boarding community offers plenty of opportunity for fun.

The mix of day and boarding pupils in the houses is supported and appreciated by both groups and develops a sense of loyalty to both the school and their house.

Seven Houses, each with its own unique style and character, provide a warm and welcoming home-from-home environment. An ongoing House refurbishment programme ensures that Houses remain up-to-date, offering a fresh and spacious atmosphere for boarders. Development of plans for a new Sixth Form centre is currently under way which will provide state of the art facilities for pupils.

Pupils joining in Year 9 expect to share a small dormitory, joining our friendly first-time boarding environment. Older pupils share study bedrooms, and most Sixth Formers have their own room. Pupils have access to a shared kitchen and common room, providing a comfortable space for relaxing and socialising.

Pupils can choose to go home weekly or termly. The school week is a long one and, as well as half-term holidays, the School provides three home weekends to allow pupils time to relax with family and/or friends.

“A school with a strong pastoral ethos.”

The Good Schools Guide

A resident Housemaster or Housemistress runs each House. Apart from overseeing pupils’ welfare, they are an effective link between academic staff, pupils and parents. Resident house tutors and matrons provide another essential link and ensure that the pupils’ welfare is continually monitored.

We believe that boarding cultivates responsible and considerate young people, promoting confidence and self-reliance in a lively and fun environment. All students can rely on our House staff for support and guidance at any time; we aim to support students through their emotional and social development amongst a wealth of friends and peers. Living together is both enriching and rewarding for all ages.