Boarding House

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

Head of Boarding 

Our Head of Boarding, Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings, is here to welcome you to the QEII boarding house. With over 30 years in the education sector, Sylvie has experience both in the classroom and as a Housemistress running a successful boarding house in the independent boarding sector in Kent. Sylvie strongly believes in creating a ‘home from home’ for the boarders in her care; an inclusive environment in which they can learn and celebrate their different cultures. She encourages them to become resilient, determined and ambitious learners who embrace all that school life has to offer and makes bespoke arrangements to ensure students thrive in boarding .


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.

Looking for a September start? Take advantage of our offer.

For a limited time only we are offering 10% off full boarding yearly fees for the next academic year when you register to join The Royal School for a September 2021 start. 

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