The Royal has accommodation for 120 boarders spread across four boarding houses.
The largest of the female boarding houses accommodating up to 50 girls and situated in the heart of the School building. The rooms are spacious with most year groups sharing in small groups of two or three and some single rooms designated for Year 13 boarders studying for their final year of A-Levels.
Lichfield has an attractive common room that acts as the focal point of the house where the girls congregate to take part in fun activities such as face painting, film nights, talent contests, and make-up demonstrations, as well as informal gatherings during leisure time. The common room is well equipped and has table tennis, a Wii, karaoke machine, small library, electronic piano and a shared kitchen for making drinks and snacks. Lichfield also has its own ‘family’ guinea pigs which the girls enjoy caring for together. Lichfield is a large and happy house with a welcoming, friendly feel that many describe as a real ‘home away from home’.
The largest of the boys’ boarding houses accommodating up to 46 pupils in a detached building within the school grounds. Dartmouth is traditionally used by Sixth Formers and has a strong focus on peace and quiet for private study. The house has a PlayStation with games console, a piano that is regularly tuned and used daily by many of our students, and a small weights room for those students interested in keeping in shape. Students mainly in single rooms with shared bathrooms and communal kitchen for making drinks and snacks.
Wherever possible, boarders sharing bedrooms are grouped with children of similar age in bedrooms of two or three only, as opposed to large impersonal dormitories. Sixth Formers enjoy the privacy of their own single room. All boarders are allocated their own storage cupboards and are provided with a desk for private study. Rooms have safe Internet access to facilitate homework and allow for regular contact with home.
All boarding meals are served and eaten in the School’s purpose-built dining room close to the boarding houses. The children are offered a varied and healthy selection of menu choices and special dietary requirements are catered for. The catering team run numerous theme days in recognition of the many cultures represented in School such as Chinese New Year dinners and Bollywood lunches.
Boarders can make drinks and snacks in their own boarding houses and Sixth Formers can also purchase drinks and snacks in the coffee bar in the Sixth Form Centre.