Make the most of school life with full-time,
weekly or flexi boarding.
Living with friends in a ‘home from home’, supportive, busy and happy environment is a great way to stimulate your mind academically, maximise time to spend on your passions and encourage long-lasting friendships. Boarding also prepares you for the future as you gain in confidence and maturity whilst learning to become more self-reliant and independent.
When our boarders were asked if they would like us to build a separate boarding house they answered with a very loud “No, we love our dorms!”
A Home from Home
Our boarders live in the heart of Queen Mary’s School. As a magnificent 300 year old building, originally built as a family home, our dorms have period features alongside modern bathrooms and most have superb views across the 40 acres of gardens and grounds. We promote integration between year groups with vertical boarding. Within the building there are separate areas for prep and senior dorms and common rooms to ensure age-appropriate support and care can be provided.
Emily, Year 7, is a full boarder at Queen Mary’s.
A Happy Family
You will be welcomed into a friendly community where boarders, mainly from the UK, see the boarding team as supportive parents whilst at school and the size of the community allows everyone to be cared for as an individual. Alongside the Boarding Team, our Head, School Nurses and Tutors manage your care and wellbeing.
Making the Most of School
With boarding activities from Canoeing to Salsa Dancing there is something for everyone. Prep time is also managed and you will have time and space to choose activities whether you would like a quick Tennis match, run or a chance to sit down with a good book.
Types of Boarding
Like everything at Queen Mary’s, our boarding provision is flexible to suit you and your family’s needs.
Full Boarding – You may stay at school seven evenings a week during term times except for exeats.
Weekly Boarding – You may stay at school up to six evenings a week. Weekly boarders who do not have Saturday commitments may choose to go home on a Friday and all weekly boarders can choose to stay on a Sunday evening or come in to school on Monday morning for registration.
Flexi Boarding – You may stay for chosen nights on either a regular or ad hoc basis. This may be for a variety of reasons: perhaps to fit in with after school activities or because your parents may be away from home, or as an introduction to weekly/full boarding.
From a Parents’ Perspective
Modern boarding promotes communication with home and allows for quality family time. Many parents enjoy coming into school for concerts, fixtures and events. Our Queen Mary’s Friends, a group of parents, host events across the year and our Parent Representatives in each year group are always there for support. Boarders can be invited to a friend’s home for a weekend or an exeat which can be arranged through the Deputy Head and Boarding Team.