Although most boys at St Paul’s are day pupils, boarding plays an important role for many.

School House is a small and welcoming community of mainly senior boarders on the banks of the Thames. It offers a supportive environment which helps boarders to concentrate on their studies during the week, but also grants them the independence and freedom to explore their many other interests. Besides structured daily prep time, boarders can use all the school’s many facilities: some may use the gym, others the music school, whilst others relax in the House common room and play pool or watch a movie together.

At weekends we organise various trips including cooking classes at Leith’s, meals out in London restaurants, tours around famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Parliament, and high adrenaline activities like go-karting, indoor skydiving and paintballing.

The Housemaster, supported by Matron and a team of House Tutors, will work closely with pupils’ academic tutors to ensure that they make the most of school life, but most importantly that they settle in, make friends and are happy.

We offer full boarding, weekly boarding (Sunday evening–Friday afternoon) and, space permitting, flexi-boarding, if parents are away for a period of time during term.

A small number of places may be available for Year 9 boys who are welcome as weekly boarders but must return to an approved guardian or family member every weekend. They cannot be full boarders. Boarding is not available for boys below Year 9.

Flexi boarding

From September 2021, we are excited to announce that there will be a number of flexi boarding places in the newly refurbished West House.

This is for pupils who want to board for two or three nights a week and will be perfect for those who have a very long commute, whose parents are away for a period of time or have an after-school or early morning activity.

Flexi boarders will have their own rooms, a common room overlooking the River Thames in West House but also have access to all the facilities in School House and the wider school. They will join for all meals in the dining room and prep in the Kayton Library.

For further information, please download the Flexi Boarding Flyer or email

What it is like to board at St Paul's