Living on the school premises has many benefits. It allows pupils to take full advantage of the school’s extended evening programme of concerts, plays, sport and lectures, as well as more easily make supervised trips to various external academic and cultural events around London. Having less travel time makes study easier and all boarders have a structured prep session every evening with the support of Housemasters and Tutors. The boarding Houses are all equipped with dedicated study areas and there is filtered internet access in every pupil’s room, to which they are free to connect any device.
Boarding also allows the pupils to enjoy more leisure time with their friends in the various social spaces, as well as getting to know boys and girls from outside their classes and year groups. Purcell’s is a girls-only boarding house; College, Grant’s, Rigaud’s, Busby’s and Liddell’s are mixed boarding houses. All year groups are represented in each House. There is a strong sense of community between the Houses as well as within each House, as all the boarding buildings – with the exception of Purcell’s – are situated around Little Dean’s Yard.