Students who board at Sidcot join a friendly, family community in which they can live, work and play, secure in the knowledge 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 three or four 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.

Boarding house contact details 

School House Girls:  01934 843544  |  shg@sidcot.org.uk

School House Boys:  01934 843441  |  shb@sidcot.org.uk

Newcombe House:  01934 843326  |  newcombe@sidcot.org.uk

Wing House:  01934 845277  |  wing@sidcot.org.uk

Combe House:  01934 843422  |  combe@sidcot.org.uk

Food, Glorious Food

We love our food at Sidcot. Students and staff enjoy a wide variety of tastes and flavours from around the world. Our menus are varied and delicious, providing students with a high quality diet that is balanced, healthy and full of fresh local ingredients.

Health Centre

The school has its own Health Centre on campus staffed by a team of highly experienced nurses. Local doctors hold surgeries at the school twice a week and students can choose to see a male or female doctor. In a recent boarding inspection our Health Centre was described as ‘outstanding’.

Outside the classroom

At Sidcot we are lucky to have an excellent rural location and top class facilities for sport, arts, crafts and environmental studies, as well as links with local community groups, charities and business. Activities run at lunchtime, after school, after supper and into the evening, as well as at weekends.

With over 100 extra curricular activities ranging from archery to trampolining, maths club to hill walking, we make sure that our students have plenty of opportunities to try new things as well as developing existing interests. There is plenty going on outside school too, with field trips, gallery and museum visits, international exchanges, music tours, lectures and sports.


The UK is generally a safe place with low levels of crime. But whenever you travel to a new country, it is vital that you look after yourself.

We strongly recommend that you read the British Council's Creating confidence guide (PDF, 1.6MB). This guide is designed for international students, and covers essential advice about staying safe in the UK.

The Safety First guide (PDF, 1.6MB) also has lots of safety advice for visitors to the UK.

In an emergency, dial 999 to contact the police, fire brigade or ambulance. This call is free of charge from any UK phone but should only be used in an emergency.

If you need to report a crime or an incident that is not an emergency, dial 101, or ask someone at your school, college or university to contact your local police station for you.

For more advice about staying safe while you're out in the evenings and at night, take a look at UK student nightlife: Top tips on staying safe – there's a lot more advice here to make sure you have a safe and happy experience while you're in the UK.

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

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