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Boarding

Our boarding houses are situated at the heart of our beautiful 110 acre parkland campus. just 30 minutes from Central London and convenient for London's airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. We have a delightful mix of historic buildings and state of the art facilities and provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment for all our pupils.

Girls live in Queen’s House and boys are housed in either Oxford or Cambridge House. Each House is run by a Housemaster/Mistress and their Deputy and have residential tutors and a Matron/Assistant Housemistress. All boarding staff live full-time on the school campus and the boarding houses are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also a Medical Centre on site with a fully qualified nurse on call at all times.

All of the boarding houses have their own character and history. Though, new students will find some elements common to all three houses; excellent facilities for study and relaxation and staff and senior pupils who will help to create a friendly and supportive environment.

Each boarding house will also have a number of day pupils. This, and the fact that all boarding pupils will share lessons with local day pupils, means that International students are always fully integrated into the school community.


Royal_Russell_SchBoarding helps students to become more independent. They can develop long lasting friendships with students of all ages from different backgrounds and cultures. Students can study in an organised environment and outside of study time make the very most of the extensive co-curricular activities on offer
 including a full programme of activities and trips operating every weekend for our student's participation and enjoyment.

Our Boarders achieve excellent results in their GCSE and A level examinations and accept places at the best Universities in London and the UK. Students leave Royal Russell as confident and responsible young adults.

Please take some time to read the contents of the boarding section of our website.

Mr Stephen Greaves
Head of Boarding, Oxford Housemaster

What our Inspection Report says:

Boarders have very good relationships with each other and with house staff. They say, in responses to questionnaires and during interviews, that they feel safe and well looked after while away from home. They are very conscious of the positive effect that boarding has had on their independence and self-reliance. Boarders enjoy each other’s company, and appreciate the very full range of activities that are on offer to them in the evenings and at weekends.

Boarding provision is highly successful and provides an important focus to school life in a caring environment.

Boarding provision is excellent.  It provides an important focus to school life, the effects of which are positively reflected across the school as a whole.

The boarding houses are friendly places with good facilities and ample room for leisure.

Experienced, well-trained and caring staff know the boarders very well, providing very effectively for their needs. Boarding routines are well managed and supervised. Parents and pupils who responded to the inspection questionnaire were unanimously appreciative of the opportunities offered by boarding.

A clear sense of community within the boarding houses ensures that boarders and day pupils are welcomed and feel part of the community.

The pupils’ cultural awareness is excellent. Pupils appreciate the racial and cultural diversity of the school community, and work and play harmoniously together. Pupils develop a strong awareness of British culture and speak enthusiastically about their trips, for example to galleries, museums and the theatre. Overseas pupils feel strongly that they benefit from the many opportunities provided by the school to improve their understanding of the British way of life.

Inspection Report.