Boarding House

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

Boarding House Parents 

Our House Parents, Sarah and Ian Lomax, are here to welcome you to the QEII boarding house. Prior to becoming House Parents at The Royal School, they both had busy teaching and lecturing careers, whilst raising their own family. They have worked in the Independent and State sectors as Heads of Department, pastoral tutors and as boarding house staff. Now that their family is grown-up, they are keen to continue using their knowledge and expertise as House Parents. They are thrilled to be involved with The Royal School at this exciting time and look forward to taking boarding to a new level. 


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 Nelson Cafe. 

Boarding Staff 

In addition to Mr and Mrs Lomax, there are four 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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