You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
Winston Churchill

The Boarding Experience

Boarding is either a personal choice or a necessity. Parents whose employment takes them overseas or those who work long hours often find that a boarding education provides the stability that their child needs. Holyport College is also an ideal choice for service children, given that the Head Master has worked in a Service Children’s boarding school in Germany and fully understands the pressures service families face. However, the decision to board is also taken by families who see the benefits that boarding clearly affords – community spirit, lifelong friendships, the opportunity to try out many new and fun activities and a growing sense of independence.

We have 225 boarding places from Year 7 to Year 13. Daily life at Holyport College for both our day pupils and boarders is busy, lively and purposeful. Boarders develop confidence, independence, mutual respect and an ability to live with others in a community. We encourage good manners, self-discipline and personal organisation. Boarding Houses have House Captains and Monitors, giving pupils opportunities for leadership and teamwork.

Our House Masters, Paul Hayes, Alex Walker, Julia Crocker and Alison Da Costa, supported by our Matrons, Deputy Matrons and a number of dedicated graduate resident fellows, oversee the running of each Boarding House and are responsible for pastoral and academic matters and the general welfare of the boarders. The boarding staff are also available to provide support and guidance to all pupils at the school.

We set clear and consistent guidelines to ensure that boarders feel welcome, safe and valued at all times. Along with the other boarding staff he encourages all boarders to appreciate the values that are essential for a successful boarding school life: tolerance, integrity, respect and trust.

Life in the Boarding Houses is structured so that pupils are able to complete their homework, enjoy a range of evening activities and spend time relaxing with friends. House staff ensure the right balance of work, rest and play so that pupils get the most out of their time at school.

Please read our prospectus, available here, to find out more information about boarding at Holyport College.