Why Choose The Royal

Boarders at The Royal feel happy and at home here. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our teaching, outstanding pastoral care and equipping our pupils with the skills and behaviors employers look for to succeed in the rapidly changing world of work.

A warm & inclusive community

We celebrate the diverse perspectives our international students bring, whilst retaining the warm, familial atmosphere of a traditional British Boarding School.

Our Boarding House, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) was opened in 1989 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who was Patron of our school from 1952 to 2022. QEII provides a home-from-home for the boys and girls that board with us.

Steeped in the English countryside, our small, happy boarding environment allows for a sense of community and belonging, where each child is known and nurtured. The rapport between staff and pupils is excellent.

As soon as boarders join The Royal they benefit from a first-class onboarding programme including a ‘boarding buddy’ system to help children adjust to life at The Royal quickly and without fuss. Many of our boarders establish life long friendships across the globe.

Location, Location, Location

Our Senior School & Boarding House is located in the historic charming market town of Haslemere on a 26 acre site. The school is surrounded by some of South East England's most beautiful countryside, much of which is in the ownership of the National Trust. Halfway between London and the South Coast ensures pupils visit nearby historical and cultural attractions as part of their stay with us.

Did you know?

Haslemere has a rich cultural and literary history.  In the 19th Century doctors would prescribe stays in Haslemere with it’s pine trees and clean air to improve health. Haslemere’s location and clean air attracted the great and good of the British literary scene to our small market town.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, a famous British poet fell in love with the Black Down Hills in Haslemere and would stride out through the heather, wrapped in his cloak. Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 13 Holmes stories, including The Hound of the Baskervilles whilst residing in Undershaw, a Grade II listed building at Hindhead Crossing near Haslemere. George Bernard Shaw, well known for writing Pygmalion and George Eliot who was writing her great novel, Middlemarch whilst living in Haslemere all produced some of their most significant and finest work of literature whilst staying in our town.

Future Ready Programme

For young people – whatever their interests or talents – boarding at The Royal provides abundant opportunities for pupils to be prepared for life beyond school. Our Future Ready curriculum offers pupils the opportunity to learn about time management, finance management, study skills, self-care skills, cookery and much more. The aim is to ensure pupils are practically, intellectually and emotionally ready for whatever the future holds.

No 'compulsory' exeat weekends

In most British boarding schools, pupils have to go and stay with their guardians during a compulsory exeat weekend but not at The Royal. We take the worry and expense out of this for you as our boarders are welcome to stay and experience the many activities on offer during term time; there is no need to leave and nor do they want to!