Where we live matters

When students board at Sidcot they join a friendly, family community in which they can live, work and play, secure in the knowledge that they are valued and well cared for. Boarding provides students with the space to focus on their work, whilst also giving them the chance to get involved in a wide range of extra curricular activities that might not be practical whilst living at home.

The Boarding Houses

The facilities in each of the five boarding houses are broadly similar. When a student joins, they will share a room with two or three others, giving them a chance to make friends in the house. Lower Sixth students share with one or two students; Upper Sixth students have their own study or bedroom, or share with another student. Some students like to study in their rooms, whereas others use the library. On the whole, though, the houses are homes, places to relax and socialise and share experiences. 

Each house has a comfortable common room with TV, DVD and games console, WiFi and a small students’ kitchen. A Housemaster/Housemistress is responsible for looking after the students’ welfare and ensuring that life in the house is a good humoured experience that students will look back on with fondness.

Options for boarding

As well as full boarding, options for both weekly and flexi-boarding may be available. Recognising the changing needs of families, our approach to boarding is flexible. Whilst the majority of our boarders are full time, we are happy to discuss other options to meet particular needs.  

The provision is outstanding. Boarders state that there are a wide variety of people that they can approach if they need personal guidance or support and these include student office holders, tutors, nurses, the school counsellor and other members of staff. – OFSTED Inspection Report for Boarding

"Boarding staff dedicate their lives to supporting students. They encourage us in our endeavours, they listen and give advice, just like a parent would. Without good boarding staff, a boarding school collapses." – Nicolas Gampierakis – Head Boy


To access further information about the life of a Sidcot boarder, please have a look at our Boarding Welcome Handbook.

Boarding house contact details 

School House Girls
01934 843544

School House Boys
01934 843441

Newcombe House
01934 843326

Wing House
01934 845277

Combe House
01934 843422

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset

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