Boarding Houses

"Boarding at Box Hill is the chance to experience the whole world in one school" Jack

Our aim in boarding is to ensure that later in life students remember Box Hill School as the place they made their best friends, had the most fun they could ever have had and discovered how to live in harmony with others .

There are more than 160 boarders at Box Hill School, of which the majority are full boarders, ensuring there is always a vibrant and busy atmosphere across all age groups at evenings and weekends. Our beautiful grounds and extensive sports fields give boarders ample room to exercise or relax outside teaching time.

For those students who wish to return home at weekends, weekly boarding is also available.

All boarding houses at Box Hill School have residential members of staff, ensuring the highest possible care and supervision of pupils. All of our boarding houses include a kitchen area, satellite TV and Wi-Fi access. Boarding life is currently structured around six main houses, with pupils placed according to age and gender.


Built in 2005, Atwood House is named after Box Hill School's second headmaster, Dr Rodney Atwood. It is a purpose built two-storey house for senior girl and boy boarders, accomodating 20 Y13 students, with five twin bedrooms and en-suite facilities on each floor.


This Grade II listed 18th century house is used as a girls' boarding house for 24 girls in Years 11 and 12. Many of the rooms have recently been refurbished, and the students also benefit from a large garden, which is used during the summer months for studying, socialising and relaxing.


Constantine was the first purpose built boarding house at Box Hill School. It has it's own computer room and has recently been extended to provide additional accomodation. This is a boys' boarding and day house, which is home to approximately 31 boarders.


Dalewood is the school's main building, and provides a home from home for 22 Year 7-11 junior girl boarders. The House underwent extensive refurbishment during 2012, resulting in beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms with personal study facilities.


Old Cottage is a Grade II listed house, with parts dating back to the early 17th century. This senior boys' boarding house accomodates 32 full and weekly boarders from Years 12 and 13. Most are twin rooms, although there are a number of single rooms for the more senior boys. Old Cottage also has a well maintained garden, which is a popular place to relax and study in the summer.


Ralph House accomodates 35 boy boarders from Year 9 to 12. The House has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years, and has a garden in the quad area used for study, BBQs and relaxing during good weather.


It is the responsibility of each boarder to make suggestions about how we can improve the experience for you. Boarders can tell us their ideas by talking to the Head of Boarding, House Parents, Tutors or any member of staff. They can also e-mail suggestions to

We are in a prime location and there are a number of locally based clubs we have contact with so you can continue your favourite pastime.

Our commitment to you:

  • We are committed to creating an environment where all students are able to thrive
  • There will be a full programme of weekend and evening activities
  • We will provide a warm and friendly house atmosphere
  • We will provide excellent accommodation and facilities
  • We will provide outstanding dining facilities
  • We will provide a structured environment
  • We will always give you supportive learning
  • You will experience cultural diversity

To ensure that we are able to fulfil our commitment, and for you to get the most out of your time at School we would ask that boarding students:

  • Make a positive contribution to the boarding environment
  • That you uphold and respect the School rules
  • Celebrate cultural diversity
  • Respect fellow students beliefs and cultures
  • Show consideration at all times to members of the public
  • Strive to represent the School in a positive fashion at all times
  • Understand and uphold the IDEALS of the Round Square