St Chris offers a variety of boarding options to pupils aged from 11 to 18.
Statement of Boarding Principles and Practice
St Christopher School has a long tradition of Boarding and is fully committed to it.
The School is unusual amongst mainstream boarding schools in having “Houseparents” rather than “housemasters and housemistresses”. The choice of terminology is deliberate, as is the employment of both partners. The aim of the School has been to provide for younger boarders a homely environment, for older pupils a student setting and for all the caring oversight associated with the active role of a good parent. All boarding is co-educational with guidance and rules to ensure privacy.
Boarding allows students to experience a communal life. They 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.
As boarding can be a very good staging-post between home and university, it has particular attractions at Sixth Form.
Arundale and Arunside
Boarders in Years 7-11 live in Arundale, formerly Old House and Cloisters. Sixth Form boarders occupy Arunside. Arunside was completely refurbished in 2007 as a dedicated Sixth Form boarding house. It offers the option of full boarding, with an exciting range of weekend activities. Our close proximity to London and Cambridge means we are ideally placed to allow students to benefit from many forms of cultural enrichment.
The vast majority of boarders have their own room. There is common room space in each house and boarders have access to many of the School's main facilities in the evening.
We introduced weekly accommodation for children aged 11-18 because it makes good sense all round. Children can study, relax and develop their independence. Families get to spend quality time together every weekend and St Chris can deliver an even more stimulating educational experience.
It's also good value, representing reduction on the full boarding fees and includes tuition, evening activities, meals and Sunday to Thursday night accommodation.
The other thing about boarding is that it's great fun!
The School is happy to accommodate pupils for an occasional night or a short period of time where home or work circumstances make this necessary on a one off basis.
Students in Year 7 and above can 'flexi board' for a maximum of two night per week on a regular basis. All provision is dependent on a room being available.
We ask for as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment and any cancellation within 24 hours is charged.
Full Boarding is available from Year 7 upwards.
We welcome Boarders from overseas into Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and the Sixth Form.
In addition to an academic timetable that leads to GCSE and A-level qualifications English as an additional language is offered together with a wide range of after school and weekend activities.
Tuition in English language can also be arranged. All overseas Boarders must have a UK based Guardian.