Whether boarding is a new concept for you or something which will be a much-anticipated part of a great British education, we can guarantee that you will be blown away by our boarding facilities and the inclusivity of our school community. With our Harry Potter dining hall, beautiful Chapel and house competitions, we enjoy many of the hallmarks of a traditional boarding school, yet the overwhelming atmosphere is completely free of stuffiness or unnecessary pomp. Boarding at Rossall is very much in tune with 21st century life with a family atmosphere in the houses, comfortable communal areas, campus-wide wifi access, carefully appointed study bedrooms and state of the art shower rooms. Our boarders are able to develop great friendships and social skills, independence and understanding, as well as a warmth of spirit and character that will serve them well at university and throughout their lives.
“Through boarding, our young people are learning to be effective navigators of the complexities of everyday life” – Tony Little, Eton Headmaster
The Boarding Houses
Rossall has welcomed boarders since the school was founded in 1844, and today is a friendly, supportive home from home for students from across the country – and the world.
Our beautifully appointed boarding houses are at the heart of an extended family made up of students and knowledgeable, caring houseparents and tutors who are attuned to the needs of the young people in their care.
Boarders join day pupils and staff to eat in the Dining Hall, where there is delicious and nutritious food to suit every taste.
Our youngest boarders (boys and girls aged 7-13) live in Anchor House. There are seven Houses for Senior boarders: three for girls (Rose, Wren and Dolphin) and four for boys (Maltese Cross, Mitre Fleur de Lys, Spread Eagle and Pelican).
All Houses have triple, double and single bedrooms, a common room, a large games room, a kitchen for snacks and weekend baking and a library with computer workstations and internet access.
While each House has its own unique history and personality, all foster an environment in which boarders are encourages to achieve their true potential and develop valuable skills and qualities such as communication, teamwork, leadership, empathy and cultural understanding.
Pupils tell us that boarding at Rossall is like being part of a big family: everyone is there for each other. The support and encouragement of our Houseparents, Tutors, Captains and Monitors ensures students quickly become involved in life in their boarding house – and part of the friendly inter-house rivalry which is a feature of life on campus.
A Week in the Life of a Boarder
Our boarders are woken at 7.00am on school days and head down for breakfast in our Harry Potter-esque wood panelled dining hall.
After registration, the school gathers for assembly or Chapel (on Mondays and Fridays) or pupils meet with their tutors to talk about how they are getting on and get their prep diaries signed. Lessons start promptly at 9.05am.
Pupils have two more lessons after break and then head over to the Dining Hall for lunch. The afternoon begins with registration, followed by more classes. Once a week, classes are held only in the mornings, whilst the afternoon is devoted to sport.
For students who live within striking distance of Rossall, there is the option to become a weekly boarder.
Flexi-boarding is an excellent way to get a taste of boarding, perhaps as a stepping stone to weekly or full boarding.
Whether joining Rossall as a day or boarding pupil, you will be coming to a vibrant and happy community.