At Queen's we pride ourselves on providing outstanding care and support in our boarding houses. Our boarders benefit enormously from having the opportunity to be part of a community, sharing experiences and developing friendships within a structured and supportive environment.
There are three boarding houses in the Senior School for ages 12-18, two for boys and one for girls. There is a co-educational Junior boarding house for children between the ages of 7 – 12, which includes boarders who are in Year 7 at the Senior School.
Each boarding house is run by dedicated and highly experienced Houseparents, responsible for the pastoral and academic welfare of each pupil. They are supported by a team of tutors, some of whom are fully resident in the boarding house. Communication between parents and staff is welcomed and encouraged whenever it is felt necessary.
All Houses enjoy comfortable and well-appointed accommodation. Typically, most sixth formers have either single or double study bedrooms whilst all boarders have their own study and ‘day’ space. The routine of the teaching day and week is structured to occupy boarders fully, yet also to allow individuals some time to organise themselves. Weekend arrangements are flexible. Boarders are free to go home once their week's commitments have been fulfilled, but many stay. Those that go home return to school on Sunday evenings or in some cases, on Monday mornings.
Weekends are busy times for our boarders and provide opportunities for them to follow a range of activities on Saturday mornings including outdoor pursuits, cookery, art and drama and recreational sports. On Saturday afternoons, many pupils are involved in competitive sports fixtures. We run a number of boarding outings on Sundays, including shopping trips to Cribbs Causeway, paintballing and visits to theme parks.
Telephones are available in houses for pupils to use, although almost all now have their own mobiles. Each house has a range of PCs linked to the Internet and the school's own network. Every boarder should expect almost the same range of facilities they would get at home - but with far more to do!