Boarding Facilities

With a homely feel, Petchell and Yarborough Houses mix traditional features and cosy rooms with relaxation areas for children and their house parents. Take a look at our gallery** for a taste of the activities our boarders enjoy.

Set in the heart of the school campus, where there is a thriving after-school life, we want children first and foremost to feel that boarding at St. James’ is like a second home. Boys are accommodated in Petchell House with girls in the nearby Yarborough House. Pupils generally share rooms with pupils of the same age, with the younger students located closest to the House Parents’ accommodation.

After their evening meal, there is a structured Prep session (homework), supervised by a member of the boarding team in the Gisby Sixth Form Centre. Followed by free time to socialise with their friends, workout in the School gym, play table tennis in the Masters’ Room or just relax in the common room and watch television.