St Chris has two boarding houses: Arundale, in the heart of the St Chris campus, for students from Year 6 to Year 11, and Arunside, on the edge of the School campus, which is our dedicated Sixth Form boarding house for students in Years 12 and 13.
Arundale is a family-orientated house for our younger boarders which has a friendly and informal, yet well-ordered atmosphere, where everyone feels at home, comfortable and cared for.
Arundale is a co-educational boarding house for up to 40 boarders – boys and girls – and is located above the main school building.
Boys and girls have separate bedrooms and bathrooms in different areas of the boarding house, with shared communal common rooms and kitchens.
Years 7 to 9 have a common room, games room and kitchen in one area of the house, with Years 10 and 11 having access to a separate common room, games room and kitchen.
In Arundale there are a range of individual and shared bedrooms. Students in lower years will sometimes share a room with another student, with students in upper years having their own room.
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.
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!
Originally the home of the architects of Letchworth Garden City, Arunside is a modern boarding facility specifically for our Sixth Form boarders, and retains many of the building’s attractive original features.
Boarding at Arunside gives students the opportunity to live within a supportive boarding community and is an ideal transition between school and university, equipping students with many social and organisational skills that will serve them well in adult life.
The atmosphere in Arunside is relaxed yet purposeful. Our boarders are treated as young adults and more is expected of them in terms of attitude, personal responsibility for their learning and overall contribution to school life than is expected of students in younger years.
Boarding is co-educational with boys’ and girls’ bedrooms and bathrooms in separate areas of the house. There are two shared common room areas, study areas, kitchens and gardens. There are 21 boarders in Arunside, and each pupil has their own room.
Iain and Ruth have been houseparents at Arunside since 2017. They live in a house connected to Arunside with their children Reuben and Nellie, who are at St Chris Junior School.