Private Boarding School in Hertfordshire
Boarding Houses at St Chris Letchworth
Boarding Houses at St Chris

Boarding House

The St Chris  boarding house is called Arundale and is located in the heart of the St Chris campus.

Arundale is a family-orientated house for boarders from Year 7 to Year 13. Friendly and informal, yet well-ordered, Arundale is a place where everyone feels at home, comfortable and cared for.

Boarding is co-educational. Boys and girls have separate bedrooms and bathrooms in different areas of the boarding house, with shared communal common rooms and kitchens.

Most boarding rooms are single occupancy, and pupils are based in the same area of the boarding house as others in their year group. Students in lower years will sometimes share a room with another student, with students in upper years having their own room.

Younger pupils have access to a common room, games room and kitchen in one area of the house, with pupils at the top end of the school having access to a separate common room, games room and kitchen.

The houseparents are Chris and Cecilia who live on site on the same floor as the boarding house and have been houseparents since 2001. They have three grown-up children who all attended St Chris but are now living independently. Pupils are also looked after by resident tutors – Kirsty, Angeles and Emma – who also live on site.

All meals are taken in the School’s dining room, however boarders are welcome to make snacks and small meals in the two kitchens, and Cecilia is well known for her baking!

 

 

“I wasn’t necessarily a very sociable person coming here. I would consider myself definitely an introvert and I was slightly worried about that boarding, because you’ve got people around you a lot of the time. I was worried that I would feel that I would have to socialise a lot. And I have socialised a lot, but it’s because I’ve wanted to. I’ve enjoyed it a lot more because I feel like you can talk to anyone about anything. I was shocked that wanted to do more socialising!”

Boarder, Year 12

“The best thing about boarding is making friends with people. Being so close to school saves me loads of time in the morning. I can’t believe I didn’t start boarding earlier. It also encourages a lot of mental discipline – I’m now better at doing my laundry and ironing! It’s made me a more disciplined person and you get good at making your own structures and routines.”

Boarder, Year 12

“Everyone is free to be their own person, while understanding the responsibility we all have to make the boarding house feel like a home.”

Molly, Head Boarder, Year 13

“As an international boarder I was lucky to be part of the boarding house, which was full of interesting people from all over the world. Living together and being at the same school enabled us to become very close friends and have such a great time.”

Boarder, Year 12