There’s something special about life in boarding. Boarding makes school a home, and therefore makes home a place of continual learning and friendship. Life in a boarding school enables a blurring of the distinction between staff and pupil; as together they live life in close proximity, developing an increasing understanding of each other’s perspective.
Being a boarder helps develop independence, fosters a sense of community, encourages personal growth and provides opportunities for development, all within a supportive academic environment.
Boarding offers pupils, the chance to enjoy to the full all the opportunities of school life. Boarders have readily available educational, social and sporting facilities throughout the week and the opportunity for excursions at the weekends. It is an ideal option for pupils who want to attend the Royal School and live too far away for a daily commute, but who wish to return home at weekends as there is no Saturday school. The Boarders’ Forum meets with the school leadership regularly to discuss ideas for development and improvements in all aspects of boarding life.
The boarding department is vibrant: bringing together pupils and staff from all over the world, creating a rich and culturally diverse community. Friendships are forged here which broaden individual horizons and last a lifetime.
Junior boarding is housed in the historic ‘old building’ but it offers modern, comfortable facilities. Sixth Form boarding, designed to provide a bridge between school and university, occupies a number of converted town houses facing Armagh’s iconic mall.
The staff in boarding are committed to enabling our pupils to flourish, to push themselves and to achieve success. Our school ethos places great emphasis on the uniqueness of each individual; and we seek to provide a home from home which will enable each of them to know they are cared for, valued and respected.
While ultimate responsibility for the welfare of all boarders rests with the Headmaster who lives on site, day to day pastoral care is provided by our team of caring and committed residential staff led by the Head of Boarding.
In the words of Kurt Hann, “There is more to us than we know”. We want to work with our boarders in discovering what that is, and helping them explore it.