QEII 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, whist 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 the family are 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. In addition, there are comfortable common rooms where students can relax and socialise together. 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. With its large projector screen and home theatre surround sound, the lecture theatre is very popular 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 7 – 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 7 – 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 by either boarding staff or teaching staff from 07.00 to 22.30, with residential staff on duty overnight.

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
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