Our Boarding DNA

Boarding is in our blood, it’s our DNA.  It is a very special and positive experience, one we have been at the forefront of since our foundation in 1888.

When lessons are over for the day, there is an opportunity to be with friends, talk about the things that are important for each age group and share all the good experiences that such a happy and purposeful community can provide. Everyone can thus feel that special sense of belonging to a close-knit boarding family. Children in years 7 and 8 are expected to board but we encourage all children to experience the fun of boarding early on. Several weekends a term we host ‘All-In’ when everyone who boards (over half the school) will stay in for a range of exciting activities.

The number of games, hobbies and activities available for the boarders is almost limitless. The extensive grounds and magnificent facilities mean that interests and talents can be nurtured and developed in whatever direction they may lie. During the week there is a programme called ‘What can I do in the evening?’, Saturday films or pizza nights are a particular favourite, while Sundays, in particular, are eagerly anticipated. After morning chapel the children can enjoy a variety of activities including bike rides, bee-keeping, den building, go-karting, horse riding, talent competitions, cookery, fashion shows, re-creating TV shows such as the Crystal Maze, internal laser tag – the list goes on!

Children thoroughly enjoy the ‘upstairs’ experience at Sandroyd: junior children can relax with some television, quiet reading, board games or communal stories, while the senior boys and girls in their dedicated wings are given more freedom to make their own choices. With extra responsibilities come extra privileges, including home clothes at weekends. We strive to ensure these many aspects of the senior boarding prepare the children for Senior School.

Please click here to view our Statement of Boarding Principles.