A boarding education is a vital enriching experience for boys and girls providing a sound basis for academic and personal development. When the school was founded in 1907, the Rev. Cecil Grant was convinced of the advantages of boys and girls being taught together and learning to live in a family atmosphere based upon Christian ideals. For nearly ninety years this has been the main philosophy of the School and considerable investment has been made by the Governors in the running of our three boarding houses: Crosthwaite, Keswick and Skiddaw. At present there are 118 boarders.
In response to increasing demand and parallel to changes in education in general, weekly boarding is offered at St. George's to run alongside the "full" boarding. Most boarders (full and weekly) are in residence for the first and last weekends of each term. All boarders enjoy the same opportunities and privileges and the same high standards of pastoral care and supervision. Weekly boarders come from the areas of Hertfordshire, surrounding counties and London, which generally speaking are within an hour's easy travelling distance of St. George's School. There is no fee differential between weekly and full boarding. Our experience has shown that most weekly boarders soon take advantage of our flexible approach to residence and stay for more weekends as the school year unfolds and as they become members of senior years in the School.
A boarding environment provides significant opportunities for extra-curricular activities and the appointment of staff has been made with this in mind. Boys and girls are offered many opportunities to join in a variety of activities run by both the Day School and Boarding Houses.
Boarding at St. George's exists to supplement and support the excellent academic work and life of the School in a caring, Christian community. Young people are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility, self-discipline as well as their individual talents and abilities. Pupils take part in decision making processes and assume increasing control of their lives as they proceed up the School. Boarding is also great fun; life-long friends are made and opinions formed. It is great training for student life in Higher Education.
Places for boarding are now in great demand at St. George's and so early application for entry at the start of the academic year in September is strongly advised. Please see separate page for details of fees.