Boarding House

The Royal School's Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) boarding house was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1989.  

A home-from-home

For some boarders this may be the first experience of living away from home and we understand it can take some time to adjust to boarding life. Our experienced boarding staff are on hand to make this transition as seamless as possible, offering support and advice to pupils and parents alike.

We provide a secure and stable environment in which we support and encourage pupils. There is always plenty to do, friends to spend time with and events to look forward to. As with the rest of the school, the boarding house is underpinned by a strong pastoral ethos, with someone on hand for guidance, encouragement and support, just like home. Our boarding house is a warm, comfortable and happy environment where pupils thrive and develop skills for life. As soon as boarders join The Royal they benefit from a first-class onboarding programme including a ‘boarding buddy’ system to help them adjust to life at The Royal quickly and easily. Many of our boarders establish life-long friendships across the globe.


QEII comprises single and double study bedrooms and a few triple bedrooms for younger students. Each boarder has their own furnished area, including a bed, wardrobe, drawers and a desk. Kitchenette facilities (complete with a kettle, toaster, fridge, etc.) are available to make evening snacks with staff on hand to supervise where necessary. There is also a fully equipped gym and lecture theatre within the building. The lecture theatre has a large projector screen and surround sound and is available for weekend movie sessions. 

The boarding house is divided by gender and age: 

  • The boys are on the ground floor where the senior boys Year 8 – Year 11 are based in double or triple rooms. The Sixth Form boys are based in single or double study bedrooms. The two age groups have separate bathroom facilities.

  • The girls are on the top floor where the senior girls Year 8 – Year 11 are based in single or double rooms. The Sixth Form girls are based in single or double study bedrooms. The two age groups have separate bathroom facilities. 

All boarders are allocated a room for their first term. Subsequently, boarders may have some input into the arrangements made for sharing.  Sixth Form boarders are allowed into the boarding house during the school day to study in their rooms or enjoy some downtime in the Sixth Form Cafe/Common Room. 

Boarding Staff 

In addition to Mrs Bartlett-Rawlings, there are residential boarding tutors who support the boarding house so there is always someone on hand to help with any concerns. The boarding house is open all day and is staffed from 07.00 to 22.30. There are both male and female boarding staff on duty throughout the evening, with residential staff on duty overnight.

Platinum Award for International Students

The school's Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. To honour this extraordinary event we are inviting International Students who possess exceptional talent and potential to apply for this prestigious award.

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