The House System All students belong to one of six senior houses or the junior house and can be either day pupils or boarders. There are four boarding Houses; McGill’s, Beevor’s and Kennedy’s which are for boys and Paull’s House for the girls. As well as taking full part in the sporting, cultural and academic life of the School the boys and girls within each House will also help run and support events within their own House.
Presently around 75% of the students in the senior school are day pupils who travel to and from the school each day. For many of them the attractions of a calm and beautiful site are well worth a short journey at the beginning and end of each day.
Boarding is available from Year 7 and around 25% of the students are boarders either full-time or for part of the week. Weekly boarding is increasingly an attractive option for those whose parents would prefer to see them at weekends, but there is also the opportunity to board for two or three nights a week if space permits.
It is often possible for a pupil who begins as a day pupil to transfer to become a boarder as he or she progresses through the school and these “converts” are often some of the greatest supporters of boarding.
A number of overseas boarders join the school each year and take up the full boarding option. For them the proximity of the school not only to Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports, but also Central London is a major attraction.