Boarding Options

Admission to the Boarding House

Children aged 8 and above are admitted to the Boarding House. Admission to the Boarding House depends on there being a place available within the day school and as this is not often the case, the majority of boarders (with the exception of the Choristers) are children who convert from day schooling at St John’s. Although the majority of boarders at St John’s are full boarders, the school is able to offer boarding options that can be tailored to meet the needs of families and pupils. With all boarding options, priority is given to children wishing to board for more nights per week.  Parents who are not resident in the UK and wish their child to begin boarding are kindly referred to the school's Guardianship Policy and Guardianship Form which must be completed prior to joining the Boarding House. All boarding fees are reviewed annually and published at the end of the Lent term on the St John’s College School Scale of Fees letter.

Admission of current day pupils to the Boarding House is organised by the Housemaster. Admission of boarders new to the school is managed by the Registrar.

Full Boarding

Full boarding runs from Sunday to Friday night (inclusive should a boarder need to stay over to attend Saturday morning sports coaching or Drama rehearsals).  Full boarding is charged on a termly basis in advance and withdrawal from full boarding requires one term’s written notice.


Flexi-boarding enables pupils to board regularly for one night per week or more (consecutive nights are preferred).  Flexi-boarding allows a boarder to pursue regular out of school activities that end late (sporting or musical, for example) but guarantees a bed place throughout the term.  Flexi-boarding is an excellent stepping stone to full boarding, either here at St John’s or at Senior School level. 

Parents are able to book flexi-boarding on a termly basis, as long as there are free spaces in the boarding house. Flexi-boarding is charged for either one-night, two-night or three-night weekly stays.  Full boarding has priority over flexi-boarding; if a flexi-boarding bed will not be available for the following term, the school will give 28 days’ notice to that effect.

Temporary Weekly Boarding

Temporary Weekly Boarding is useful for pupils who are considering becoming full boarders and would like to try it out, briefly, or for families who have a planned event/holiday and would like their children to be cared for in the boarding house for a week.

Temporary Weekly Boarding runs from a Sunday evening through to 4.10pm on a Friday (or Saturday morning should a border wish to attend Saturday morning sports coaching or Drama rehearsals). The availability of Temporary Weekly Boarding depends upon the number of free beds available at any given time.  

Temporary Daily Boarding

Temporary Daily Boarding allows parents to book a single night stay for their children in advance.  Availability, again, depends on there being free beds in the Boarding House.  

Sleepovers and Emergency Boarding

Sleepovers are an opportunity for our current boarders to invite friends to stay, just as they would do when they are at home.

The boarding house will always offer emergency overnight boarding for pupils; when the unforeseen occurs, then pupils are welcome to stay the night and we are very happy to look after them and welcome them into our community.  There is no charge for either sleepovers or for emergency boarding.

If you would like to know more about any of the boarding options described above, please contact the Housemaster at

Further information about Boarding is available in the  Boarders' Handbook.