Taking the decision to board is a big step and we recognise there will be lots of important considerations.
If you are thinking of joining us in Year 7 we recommend first coming to see the school during Year 5 by taking part in one of our Boarding Open Evenings. This will enable you to see Longford Hall in action, to talk to the pupils and the staff and to find out more about life as a boarder.
Ideally the next step would be to book a place on one of our taster weekends. During the weekend your son will spend 24 hours in the House, taking part in a typical boarding weekend and discovering more about whether it is something they would like to do. Parents and family members are invited to join us for lunch on the Sunday and will have the chance to talk further with the staff as well as meeting current boarding parents.
The dates for our Boarding Open Events are available here.
Whilst most boarders join us at the start of Year 7 it is not unusual for pupils to join part way through Year 7, at the start or during Years 8 & 9 or at the start of Year 10 if spaces are available. We do not arrange specific events for these different age groups but we can organise tours and taster stays as required.
How to apply
Applying to join Year 7 Boarding
Pupils wishing to join as a boarder need to apply in the same way as day pupils and are required to sit and pass our entrance test. Boarding places are awarded on a merit basis according to results in the examination as well as suitability for boarding and boarding need.
The entrance test will take place at the start of Year 6 and you will need to register for the test while your son is in Year 5. The dates of when you can apply for the test will be available in this section of the website when available.
Applying to join Year 8-10 Boarding
Pupils interested in joining Years 8-10 will be required to sit an entrance test to ensure they are of grammar school ability. The test will consist of English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry papers.
The boarding entrance test can be taken on the following dates:
Monday 3rd December 2018
Monday 18th March 2019
If you are interested in finding out more or applying for a boarding place in Years 8-10 please contact us on 01952 953823 to discuss the next step. Alternatively please complete the expression of interest form below.
Applying to join Sixth Form Boarding
Choosing to board for the Sixth Form is an ideal way of encouraging independence before the greater freedoms of university life. Sixth Form boarders live in Beaumaris Hall, a purpose designed boarding house yards from the rear entrance to the school. Sixth Form boarders have additional time for studying and extra-curricular activities without the daily commute.
Tours of the school and Beaumaris Hall can be arranged and if required we can also organise a taster stay to get a real feel for senior boarding life. If you are interested in finding out more or applying for a Sixth Form boarding place please contact us on 01952 953823 to discuss the next step. Alternatively please complete the expression of interest form below.