As a boarding School, we aim to create an environment where our boarders feel comfortable and supported in all aspects of their lives here at Kingsley School. Where they are welcomed ‘home’ at the end of the school day and feel confident and happy to be themselves.

We have three well appointed boarding houses with a total capacity for 128 boarders.  Each boarding house has a comfortable cafe area, lounge and games room, and boarders have their own fitness gym on site, in addition to the sports hall and gymnasium.

We run boarding for boys and girls from Year 5, in three specialist houses on the school campus.  Belvoir House, just a short walk from the main school building, is the girls’ boarding house and is surrounded by sports fields, with views over the woods.  Carisbrooke and Longfield are home to the boys and are located beside each other. Longfield is the senior boys’ house, while Carisbrooke houses the junior boys.

Boarding life is well ordered but with “downtime” built into each day for boarders to relax.  The balance between formal study, play, organized activities and the use of the communal areas gives all the boarding houses a positive atmosphere that has been commented on  favourably in boarding inspections. Boarders can be roomed in single and double rooms with a small number for younger boarders set up for three to a room. We aim to give boys in Year 13 a single room as they prepare to move on to university.  The rooms are designed as bed-sits and allow for areas to be made homely.

Throughout the week, boarding staff arrange specific activities for the boarders over and above the regular sports programme provided by the PE and Games Department.  Boarders are encouraged to take a full part in school events and the boarding activities that range from shopping to action packed karting (see Activities and News)  Many boarders also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and other outdoor activities that the area offers.

Boarding at Kingsley School is home to a wide range of nationalities from Europe and the Far East, as well as a number of more local students who board on a weekly basis.  There are also a number of students who have parents in the services or who work overseas. This range of experience brings with it a real spirit of togetherness that is supported by the whole staff.

Each house has its own individual character and is run by residential house parents and their assistants.

This is what Anastasia in Year 10 has to say about boarding at Kingsley.

“This is my first time studying in a foreign country. I was really nervous and scared at first, but after spending time in the Belvoir house it feels like my second home. Everyone I have met is friendly and helpful, when I don’t understand something they help explain to me. I like the atmosphere in school and at home. We always have a lot of fun during free time and school time. A lot of people come from different countries and it’s good for your English practice. At weekends there’s no time to be bored, when you don’t want to just sit at home there’s always trips and activities to go on. Here I’ve made a lot of friends and am doing subjects which I really like. Now I feel very good and I know that all will be right!”

The boarders have all three main meals through the day in the school dining room.  The Catering Manager provides hot meals and other options and is a member of the Boarders’ Food Committee.

Boarders attend all meals with the exception of the Saturday evening meal which they can opt-out of if they want to prepare their own food in the kitchens in their own boarding houses.  Each day the boarding houses take back a ‘crate’ containing fruit, bread, and a range of other items such as milk, sugar, and hot chocolate.

The menu provides a wide range of healthy food that reflects the multi-cultural nature of boarding with celebrations of Chinese New Year and other events throughout the year.

At the weekend’s boarders have a large brunch in the morning and a main evening meal.  Brunch is very popular with all the borders as they are able to eat in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If borders are involved in events that clash with the meals they will have meals booked for them that will be available either as a packed meal or a meal when they return to school.

Meals & Menus

Monday to Friday
Breakfast (7.30 to 8.15am) – Borders eat breakfast together in the School Dining Hall. There is a selection of hot and cold food to cater for all tastes and appetites.

Lunch (1.00 – 1.40pm)  – Is eaten with other students and staff in the School Dining Hall. Meals are varied with an extensive choice of hot and cold food, sandwiches, salads and fruit. The Menu is on a two-week rota which is changed every half term.

Evening Meal (5.45 to 6.15pm) – A hot evening meal is provided in the School Dining Hall for all boarders and House Staff. The choice is varied to appeal to all. Menus are often ‘themed’ for special occasions.

Brunch (11.00 to 11.30am) – A large brunch is served in the School Dining Hall with hot and cold options. This is very popular with boarders who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Evening Meal (5.30 – 6.00pm) – A substantial evening meal is prepared for boarders

During the School Day – Boarders can take their own snacks to eat at break times or healthy snacks can be purchased at morning break from the School Tuck Shop.

In the Boarding House – Each day the houses are provided with fruit, bread and a range of other items such as milk, cereals and hot chocolate – the ‘Supper Box’. From Year 7 upwards students can make their own drinks and snacks at permitted times in their house kitchen.

Cooking for Yourself
Students in Years 10 and above are permitted to cook meals for themselves and friends in their house kitchen on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Boarders are encouraged to get involved in the wide range of activities that are on offer at weekends  Along with an extensive and varied weekday programme of extra-curricular activities a weekend activity programme for boarding students includes:

    • Sports fixtures
    • Surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming in a  nearby indoor pool
    • Shopping in the neighbouring town of Barnstaple
    • Cinema & bowling trips
    • Visits to local places of interest
    • Visits to the larger nearby cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol
    • Visits to a local indoor climbing wall
    • Trips to fun activity theme parks and the zoo
    • Theatre visits
    • Use of the School indoor & outdoor sports facilities
    • Campus based art, craft and cooking activities

Belvoir House

Home to the girls who board at Kingsley School.  This house is the oldest of the three houses and has lots of character – including the original servants’ bell board from when the house was a gentleman’s residence.

There is a wide range of ages within the house which gives it a lively and supportive atmosphere. 


Carisbrooke House

Home to our senior boys. Carisbrooke House has a warm, homely atmosphere. A spacious lounge is equipped with a TV and DVD player. There is also a games room, with a pool table and a table tennis table, and a large cafe/kitchen, all of which provide friendly social spaces for the boarders to enjoy.

The 6th Form boarding students in Longfield and Belvoir take an active part in the boarding community by mentoring other students and assisting with the younger boarders’ prep.

Longfield House

Every year, the house welcomes an overseas resident tutor; along with two resident 6th Form Boarding Prefects, this gives the younger boys support and role models to look up to.

Welcome to the International Students’ section of Kingsley School.  We value our International Students highly. We do our best to make them feel ‘at home’ here while helping them achieve their academic goals, whether it is getting a place at a good university or passing GCSEs or GCE A Level examinations. In the same way that our International Students benefit from participating in our English educational environment, we enjoy and appreciate the contact with other cultures that they can offer us.

Kingsley School is a Tier 4 Sponsor accredited by UK Visas and Immigration and enjoys an exceptional record in gaining visas for our non European students –

To the student:
Studying in a different country is a brave and exciting step. We will make life easier for you in the first weeks and after, explaining everything you need to know to make your time here happy and successful. There is always someone near who will answer any questions you have.


New legislation relating to the Vetting and Barring policy came into place in October 2009. This means that we have to be far more active as a school in ensuring that the boarders are being looked after in the holiday periods in a way that is seen as reasonable in British law.

In view of this the following must be in place before an international boarder may start at Kingsley School. International Boarders should have a named guardian whilst attending Kingsley School or have an appointed guardian agency accredited by AEGIS. (AEGIS is an organisation in Britain that ensures the quality of care for overseas students when in the care of guardianship agencies.) Named guardians must be over 25, not be living in communal residence such as university accommodation and must be close relations to the student (someone that they know).  It may be possible to consider close family friends but the school will reserve the right to deem a proposed guardian as not suitable if it feels the named guardian is not suitably acquainted with the student.

Travel Information

A coach for students,  accompanied by a member of staff,  travels from London’s Heathrow Airport at the beginning of each term and returns at the end of each term.  A letter requesting travel details for the coming half term and end of term will be sent for each academic term.

To book a seat for your child on the coach please contact Mrs Penny Metcalf as soon as possible with your child’s flight details including flight arrival date, time and flight number.


Phone: +44 1237 426243

Mrs Medcalf is happy to help students with the booking of Taxis, Trains and Buses within the U.K.

Unaccompanied Minors

It is most important that you inform the school if your child is travelling as an unaccompanied minor. You will either need to make arrangements for a Guardian to accompany your child at the airport or alternatively, the school will offer this service at an additional charge.

If you require this service, please contact the school no later than three weeks before the end of term.