Mr O'Connor and Rio out for a stroll with some junior boarders
Junior School Boarding
Whilst most of our boys and girls are day pupils, at St Edmund's Junior School we do retain a strong boarding tradition, both in School House and also in Choir House, the home of the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral. From experience, we know the advantages of boarding in encouraging personal skills such as independence and self-reliance, along with interpersonal skills such as tolerance of others and team-working, all of which will serve our pupils well in later life. But boarding is not only about developing skills and self-confidence. It's also fun, an environment where there is always someone to play with, always something to do!
School House occupies a wing of the original school building. Recently refurbished, it offers comfortable and enjoyable accommodation for boys and girls aged 7 to 13. The boarding community is a close-knit one, overseen by the resident Housemaster and assisted by the resident matron and tutors. Children at this age enjoy the nature of communal life, and so they share dormitories and a common room, TV room and games room, whilst also having access to the academic and recreational facilities of the wider school.
Some pupils board full time at School House. However, we also offer weekly boarding (for five or six nights a week), and we can also accommodate pupils on a flexi-boarding regime, where they stay with us for a smaller number of nights per week, or perhaps a temporary visit.