Boarding Life

Boarders at St. James’ are part of a co-ed boarding community housed across from the Main School site.

The boarding houses are supervised by caring, friendly and understanding residential staff. Medical care is available within the school from our own School Health Co-Ordinator, who makes a significant contribution to the care and welfare of our boarders.

Our boarders can thrive in a caring and friendly atmosphere: a home away from home.

Accommodation is purpose built with pupils in double rooms and the senior boarders in single rooms (where possible). Activities are planned throughout the school term which consist of visiting local places of interest, sporting activities, theme parks and much more. Please click on the link below to see a sample of activities planned for this term.


Houseparents communicate regularly with parents and guardians via either email or telephone. Parents will also receive weekly information from the School office regarding the activities available to their children, the lunch menus and good news throughout the School, so that they feel part of the community.

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to keep in touch, and there are flexible weekend arrangements for home visits. Pupils who remain at school at the weekend enjoy the companionship of their peers and can take part in the activities and grounds which the school has on offer. Facilities such as the Markham Hall, Sixth Form Centre, computer room and art room are all available for their use and there are numerous local trips arranged to the Cinema, ice-skating or bowling alley. The school is situated within five minutes of the town centre, so the older students are able to go shopping in groups after school and over the weekend.

All our boarders eat together in the School’s dining room and the pupils all have access to kitchenettes on their bedroom floor and a main kitchen on the downstairs floor of the Boarding House. All meals are prepared on-site by our catering department and we ensure that all of the students are enjoying a well-balanced diet.