Traditional British Boarding

Traditional British Boarding

As an overseas pupil, your child will be integrated into the mainstream school and boarding houses so that they are able to have a true experience of life at an English boarding school. They will learn to interact with the other students and teachers, gaining an irreplaceable immersion in the language and culture.

The boarding houses at Queen’s reflect the warm and friendly community feel that is found across the whole school. Each Boarding house has a genuine family feel with dedicated residential Houseparents and assistants. These Boarding houses provide students with a place to work, socialise, relax as well as sleep.  All our international students are supported with new cultural experiences, and helped to feel at home. Each house is truly seen as a home-away-from-home, at school.

We have three main boarding houses, which are separate for boys and girls from aged 13. Our Prep School Boarders live in a homely environment, with Houseparent and Matron support:

  • Cotlake – Years 3 – 8 (ages 7 – 13) – Prep School Boarding House
  • Hutton – Years 9 – 13 girls (ages 13 – 18)
  • School House – Years 9 – 13 boys (ages 13 – 18)

Older students enjoy separate common areas and houses, to give them a sense of responsibility and to prepare them for a life beyond school. They also benefit from single rooms.

Social Spaces

All houses have their own social spaces for each year group. Prep and Senior school boarders enjoy mixed nationality rooms, and a community environment. Each also has its own supervised study areas, kitchen facilities, and the school provides a range of snacks and drinks every day to ensure growing appetites are fulfilled! Rooms are cleaned daily, and there is a laundry service for each House. The three daily meals are taken in one of the two dining areas in the school, and are prepared by professional chefs. Students also have access to TVs, comfortable sofas, Wifi in every room, and various games for entertainment during their free time. We have a very popular ‘Hot Chocolate Time’ each night, to help students relax and get ready for a restful sleep after their busy day.

Boarders’ Activities

Boarders have access to a comprehensive co-curricular programme after school each day, as well as Saturday morning activities and a weekend boarding programme. This includes a variety of trips such as to local beaches for surf lessons, on bike rides around the local countryside, as well as activities on site in addition to use of the sports facilities during the weekends.

Every boarder is also attached to a day house to help them fully integrate with the day pupils. This also provides additional academic and pastoral support in the form of a year lead and a tutor for each pupil.


Each House has dedicated, live-in Houseparents. This is often a married couple, who also live in the Boarding House with their family – sometimes including their friendly pets! Houseparents act in loco parentis to look after students’ mental, social and academic welfare. They are available to our boarders throughout the day and evenings to provide help with school work as well as providing pastoral support. Houseparents provide a regular updates to parents of our boarders, to ensure they are kept up to date with their child’s welfare and development.

Medical Care

Medical support is available for all boarders 24/7 with our onsite Medical Centre, located next to our boarding houses. We have several on-site Nurses who look after our Medical Centre, including our newly designated quarantine areas should the need arise. A school doctor is also available as well as two full time school councillors.

Our Boarding staff have truly created warm, comfortable, supportive and friendly environments. Pupils have the opportunity to develop life-long friendships with young people from all around the world whilst accessing excellent education.

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