Boarding at Sandroyd

Boarding is a significant part of a Sandroyd education.  It is a very special and positive experience, one we have been at the forefront of since our foundation in 1888.

When lessons are over for the day, there is an opportunity to be with friends, talk about the things that are important for each age group and share all the good experiences that such a happy and purposeful community can provide. Everyone can thus feel that special sense of belonging to a close-knit boarding family.

Junior boarding

All children in years 7 and 8 are expected to weekly board and as such, many of the children in the lower years will do some boarding and we encourage all children to experience the fun of boarding early on. Several weekends a term we host ‘All-In’ when everyone who boards (over half the school) will stay in for a range of exciting activities.

The number of games, hobbies and activities available for the boarders is almost limitless. The extensive grounds and magnificent facilities mean that interests and talents can be nurtured and developed in whatever direction they may lie. During the week there is a programme called ‘What can I do in the evening?’, Saturday films or pizza nights are a particular favourite in the dorms, as well as whole group activities such as race nights, discos, million-pound drop, Sandroyd's Got Talent, camping, fashion shows, and pasta making.  Sundays, in particular, are eagerly anticipated. After morning chapel the children can enjoy a variety of activities including bike rides, bee-keeping, den building, go-karting, horse riding, talent competitions, cookery, internal laser tag – the list goes on!

Children thoroughly enjoy the ‘upstairs’ experience at Sandroyd: junior children can relax with some television, quiet reading, board games or communal stories, while the senior boys and girls in their dedicated wings are given more freedom to make their own choices. Bingo nights, Scottish Reeling and smoothie making are amongst many of the highlights. 

Middle boys boarders playing cards