Set in fifty-seven stunning acres and overlooking the World Heritage City
of Bath, Prior Park offers an exceptional environment for students to study, play and live.
There are three boarding houses at Prior Park, boys are located in St Paul's, and girls in The Priory. Up to 150 full, weekly and flexi boarders live in the family atmosphere provided in these 'homes'. Each is a small community where our boarding staff work hard to create a family environment, with comfy communal living areas, fun games rooms, kitchen areas and an open door policy should any student want to talk privately with a member of staff.
Our boarders are made up of British and international students from a broad range of countries. For our British boarders, and indeed our day students, the benefits of making friends amongst our international community are extraordinary, broadening horizons and cultural knowledge. All students are members of a House, so our boarders are fully integrated with our day students throughout each school day.
Younger boarders sleep in their own areas within the houses. The junior boarding apartments contain shared bedrooms, a communal room and their own bathroom facilities. Whilst it is important Year 7 and 8 boarders have their own space within the boarding houses, we also encourage them to take a full part in their House life.
At Sixth Form, most boarders have their own bedrooms.
Boarding life at Prior is happy and vibrant. The learning culture during the day is enriched in the evenings with supervised prep sessions in the Houses. Staff are on hand to answer any questions and peers and older students are, of course, also on hand for advice. In the evenings and at weekends, boarders have access to many of the on-site facilities and trips or activities are frequently organised so students which range from cultural and active experiences to opportunities for retail therapy!
Weekly and flexi* boarding are very attractive options for an increasing number of families. This arrangement dispenses with the daily grind of commuting, while allowing family time at the weekends. It also helps generate many of the life lessons that full boarding does – fostering independence whilst learning about respect, flexibility and tolerance. The boarding environment thus enhances their life experiences.
All boarders joining the College will be supported, encouraged and very much welcomed.
*Please note, flexi boarding can only be offered when rooms are available. Contact Admissions for further information.