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Welcome to Boarding

Boarding is part of the personality of the School. This is not just a place to sleep after a day of learning, it is your daughter's home for the best part of the year, so we make sure it is welcoming, friendly, safe, supportive and fun. Our boarding environment is home to girls from across the UK and the world making RHS a truly international learning institution, which is vital to our vision of teaching all our girls to become tolerant, compassionate and thoughtful global citizens.

Please do have a look at our Boarding Handbook for more information.

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Praised by The Good School Guide as ‘chic’, our boarding accommodation is a stylish, contemporary space for 140 girls, which represents approximately one-quarter of the total student body. School House is located in the splendid neo-gothic main building, with spacious common rooms and quirky mezzanine bedrooms is home to 65 girls aged 11-16. Gloucester House is our discrete Sixth Form house where girls enjoy single or twin study bedrooms, comfortable communal areas, a large kitchen and quiet study spaces. Here, they benefit from having more independence, yet they remain a full part of the boarding and school community. An experienced team of staff (and one or two boarding dogs!) under the direction of the Head of Boarding, who is also on the School’s Senior Leadership team, provide care, guidance and support for every girl. 

Our school is set in secure, beautiful grounds within walking distance of the centre of the City of Bath, which combines history and tradition with a vibrant, contemporary cultural life. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with elegant Regency architecture, canals, rivers, green spaces and the world-famous Roman Baths. Our boarders love this lively environment, enjoying its many cultural and recreational attractions in addition to the weekend activity programme offered in boarding, which includes trips further afield to London or outward-bound activities including surfing, climbing or dry skiing. We also offer activities within school, such as theatre and movie prosthetic make up workshops, zorbing or baking. Each weekend and during the evenings the boarders have access to the fitness suite, music rooms and the Library on site and in the summer, they can enjoy our open-air swimming pool. We also have links with boys’ schools for activities, such as team building, pizza making and for the Sixth Form, wine tasting.

Opportunities for leadership roles abound for boarders, including the whole school Student Voice, Boarding Council and the Food Committee. These are important forums, which bring about real change in decision making by the school management. We strongly promote contribution to the community at school, locally and worldwide through voluntary and charity work, with a big take up for the Duke of Edinburgh Award amongst our boarders. Day- girls are always welcome in both Houses; we love to see them after school and at the weekends where they can join in the activities with their friends.

Weekly boarding provides the perfect opportunity for busy families to experience the best of school and the best of home, with girls spending Sunday to Thursday nights in school and the weekend at home. We also offer flexible and occasional boarding arrangements to suit the needs of your daughter and your family.