We offer a variety of boarding options to pupils aged from 11 to 18
Students who board develop a capacity for tolerance, self-sufficiency and independence that will serve them well in later life. They learn the relationship between rights and responsibilities and the balance between individuality and being part of a community.
Boarders in Years 6 to 11 live in Arundale in the main School. Sixth Form boarders occupy Arunside, a dedicated Sixth Form boarding house on the edge of campus.
All boarding is co-educational: Bedroom areas are separated into boys and girls with shared communal areas.
Boarders are looked after by "houseparents", who live on site and support a homely and welcoming atmosphere in our boarding houses.
Boarders either have their own room or share with another student. There is common room space in each house and boarders have access to many of the School's main facilities in the evening.
Full boarding is available from Year 6 onward. Full boarders stay with us at the weekends and and take part in a range of activities: From rock climbing in Milton Keynes to ice skating in London, and from Cambridge museums to bicycle rides down the river.
Weekly boarding runs from Sunday night (or Monday morning) to Friday afternoon. Students can study, relax and develop their independence and see their families at the weekend. It is a popular option for those who don't wish to commute during the week, and has the added benefit of leaving the weekends free for family time, as homework can be completed during prep in the School week.
Where there is availability, the School is happy to accommodate pupils for occasional boarding - either for a night, a short period of time or more regularly for a maximum of two nights per week.
All provision is dependent on a room being available, and is reviewed at the beginning of each term.
We ask for as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment and any cancellation within 24 hours is charged.
We welcome boarders from overseas into Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and the Sixth Form.
International boarders have the opportunity to experience British boarding at its best in a nurturing and warm environment.
To discuss applying for an international place at St Chris, please contact the Admissions office