Boarding overview

At S. Anselm’s, we have a very long tradition of boarding within the Prep School, enriching children’s school life with a wealth of opportunities and creating lasting memories of fun.

Flexi, weekly and full boarding options are open to all children in the Prep School and can be tailored to the needs of individual families. For busy, working parents, it can sometimes be difficult to keep children engaged and stimulated at home or ensure they have the time to interact with their friends.  S. Anselm’s can provide that enrichment through the myriad of exciting boarding activities on offer, as well as preparing children to achieve their potential academically.

The boarding houses form the very heart of the school, with nine residential members of staff who form close bonds with all of our children and organise our dynamic programme of evening and weekend activities.  Today’s boarding is comfortable, caring, and full of fun.  We take great pride in the quality of our care given to all of our boarders, nurturing the valuable skills required for living in a community, such as participation and tolerance.

We have a strong sense of family and community at S. Anselm’s and parents are very much involved in their children’s experience.  We warmly welcome parents and families at our matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the many concerts and academic presentations that take place throughout each term.

On weekday evenings there are a range of extras clubs, from cricket nets to swim club and gymnastics. Once boarders have done their prep and completed their music practice then there are always fun and engaging activities on offer – from more energetic pursuits such as dodgeball in our fabulous sports hall to more leisurely free swimming, pottery or board games.  We listen very carefully to what our children are saying to us, and if we feel that we can offer an activity they request, we will.

Boarding at S. Anselm’s is a fabulous experience and gives children a childhood that is rich in opportunities, friendships and excitement. The children learn precious skills that will serve them throughout their lives and they leave as well rounded individuals who are well prepared for life beyond the school.


S. Anselm's puts its commitment to the safeguarding and protection of the children in our care at the heart of everything we do