Boarding Options

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Boarding Options

At Clifton College Preparatory School we offer a number of boarding options:

  • Full boarding
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Occasional Boarding
  • Sleepover Club


Full Boarding

Modern boarding is about access to a breadth of opportunity, building confidence and independence, leadership skills, learning a sense of community and cultural understanding, as well as full parental involvement through communication and a partnership between School and parents.

Boarders live in one of our two recently refurbished boarding houses, both of which promote a home-from- home feeling with a sense of togetherness between children and the staff. A resident Housemaster or Housemistress, medically-qualified matrons, and a large team of academic tutors all work together. We are very proud of the caring family atmosphere that is embedded in every aspect of our boarding at Clifton College.

Flexi boarding

Flexi boarding is an alternative that offers parents the flexibility to balance the demands of work and home life. It introduces independence, builds confidence and provides your children with access to a breadth of opportunities and experiences, whilst still being able to spend precious time at home.

The flexi boarding option provides children with the opportunity to board up to three nights each week, including weekends. With regular activities laid on, children will not only have a delicious supper and time to finish all their homework, but also plenty of time to relax with friends, old and new!

As well as offering a taster of boarding, it is an excellent way of helping children become more independent. It is much more exciting for children than a babysitter, and for parents it means you know your child is cared for when you have a late business trip or even perhaps a dinner party – not to mention the guilt free lie-in without the school run the following morning.

Flexi boarding is a gift to parents wanting extra childcare to suit their family circumstances.  It is a logical ‘next step’ in terms of working in harmony with parents in this twenty first-century world of education.  

Occasional Boarding

All day pupils at Clifton College Preparatory School are able to take advantage of our boarding provision and can stay at the school for one off nights whenever they would like to. Whether it is to help parents who have a business trip or an important social event,  this is a very popular option with our day parents.

Sleepover Club

Sleepover Club is a chance for current pupils and parents to experience a taste of boarding life. It is open to our girls and boys in Year 4 and above. Each week a fun activity is organised for children to enjoy with their friends whilst giving parents the flexibility to make plans around other commitments. Sleepover Club runs every Wednesday, except on special occasions when perhaps another night of the week is more appropriate; for example this year Halloween fell on a Friday.  The dates of Sleepover Club are published well in advance, allowing parents to plan their childcare and for pupils to plan their outfits! 

To find out more please visit the Sleepover Club page.