The Royal has a long and successful history of providing a nurturing and stable boarding environment. We offer full, weekly and flexi-day boarding and have comfortable accommodation in shared rooms on site for up to 120 pupils. Boarding has always been a fundamental part of the life and spirit of The Royal and this continues to be so now that we are a Free School.
Boarders join us from age 11 upwards and stay in one of our single-sex boarding houses, the gender split being 50 girls and 70 boys. Our boarders come from far and wide, both from across the UK and throughout the European Economic Area. Pupils with EU passports living outside the UK do not require educational visas to study at The Royal and they only need to pay boarding fees as tuition is free for them as it is for our UK students.
The Royal also has particularly strong contingents of children from Forces families, Elite swimmers and foreign exchange students.
Life in our boarding houses is carefully structured so that students have time allocated for homework and leisure, allowing them to study hard yet still enjoy a range of evening and weekend activities and spend time relaxing with friends. Our house parents encourage all pupils to adopt respect and trust – the essential ingredients for any successful boarding house and not dissimilar to any other harmonious domestic family situation. The fact that so many different countries are represented makes this all the more important and through tolerance and understanding boarders soon learn to appreciate and share each other’s cultural differences, forming close friendships that continue throughout adulthood.
Day boarding is also available. This is ‘wraparound care’ before and after school, ideal for pupils with busy working parents. Students eat with the boarders after our mandatory after-school extracurricular activities and may even take part in evening activities including homework prep and sports. On occasions, and by prior arrangement, day pupils may also be able to stay overnight.
The Royal is centrally placed in the Midlands in England with easy access to major airports and railway networks. Boarding accommodation is in spacious and well-equipped 25-acre grounds surrounded by woodlands offering a secure and peaceful environment albeit with the convenience of an urban setting. We are handy for local countryside activities, shopping centres and sites of historical interest and boarders enjoy a busy weekend programme of excursion and optional sporting activities.
The final week of term will be a celebration of well-being through a host of character development activities. The week begins with the senior school sports day on Tuesday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 July, students will take part in a variety of house competitions and activities that will give them an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativeness and resilience through enterprise, drama and STEM activities to name but a few. During these days, students will also be off site taking part in a number of different activities that encompass our school values such as supporting community projects in the surrounding area and taking to the outdoors for some outdoor and adventurous activities. The school year is brought to a close on Friday, 12 July, with our final house competition. Students will need to use all their skills they have been developing throughout the year and during the week for this end of year extravaganza. We can’t tell you too much about the day as it will spoil the surprise!