Boarding Pupils and Houses
There are seven boarding Houses in the Upper School, including four Boys’ Houses and three Girls’ Houses.
Each House is home to 55–80 pupils during term-time. Most are full-time boarders involved in the College’s busy life for seven days a week, however, some families prefer to opt for a ‘flexi-boarding’ arrangement. This may range from regular ‘day-boarding’ with an entitlement of up to four nights per week, to ‘occasional boarding’ available on a per-night basis.
The pupils share their home with a Housemaster or Housemistress and their family, an Assistant, a Matron, and sometimes a pet. In addition, each House has up to five non-residential tutors.
Boarders are encouraged to take part in any weekend activities or trips organised by their House. There is no restriction on full boarders going out with parents or guardians on a Sunday, unless they have commitments to fulfil. Apart from official quarter and half-term breaks, boarders may also go home (or to a guardian), by prior arrangement, after any commitment on Saturday, returning on Sunday evening. That said, most boarders elect to stay throughout the weekend.