Why Board at Stamford?

Set in the Georgian town of Stamford, voted by the Sunday Times as ‘The Best Place to Live in Britain’, the area is a wonderful place to live and grow up in. Our boarding houses are small, which ensures pupils and boarding staff feel part of a close-knit community, and no child is ever overlooked. Whilst 70% of our boarders are from the UK, there is a spread of other nationalities giving boarders the opportunity to make friends with pupils from other cultures.

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Why Board at Stamford?

Don't just take our word for it...

Beautiful mellow limestone buildings, quirky narrow passages and stunning riverside views."

Good Schools Guide 2019

The town is so lovely, such a safe place for young people to be… And because I love boarding so much, I’m happy enough to stay every weekend."

Boarding Pupil Year 12

Parents didn’t need to tell us that this is a happy school; we could see it for ourselves."

Good Schools Guide 2019

Stamford was not just a school to me, it was also a second home, and I am proud to call myself an Old Stamfordian."

Old Stamfordian 2020

There are informal staff mentors when needed and overall we sensed a concerned, caring staff."

Good Schools Guide 2019

Our Houses

Stamford has seven boarding houses, each with their own unique personality, scattered throughout the town. We have our co-ed junior house: St Michael’s, boys houses: Byard House, St Paul’s and Browne, and girls houses: St Martin’s House, Welland House and Park House. Each house has its own house parent, and a dedicated team of staff comprising tutors and matrons. Mentoring is a big part of our boarding culture: staff and other students – younger or older – give each other help, support and encouragement without prompting. After school, boarders also receive increased academic support from teachers during homework sessions.

Whilst we can’t currently offer taster stays in our boarding houses, our boarding house parents would be delighted to talk to your family about boarding at Stamford. Speak to a member of our Admissions team to arrange a virtual meeting.

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Friends for Life

Our boarders spend their time after school studying and spending time with their friends and housemates. This time with friends, collaborating and sharing experiences often leads to very strong bonds being developed and enables life-long friendships – which, as well as supporting each boarder’s wellbeing and happiness while they are at school, is the foundation for a lifelong network for the future. We organise each boarder’s daily life in a way that encourages and supports the formation of strong friendship groups.

Friends for Life

The Stamford Lifestyle, Around the Clock

Boarders enjoy a social life rich in after-school clubs, sports, fun-packed trips at weekends and activities tailored to their age group. And if they want to do something less formal, boarders can meet with their friends in one of the many eateries and coffee shops the town offers. There is a good array of shopping, ranging from small independents to more mainstream stores such as Jack Wills, Joules, White Company and Crew Clothing. The School is a well-respected part of the local community, enabling boarders to become involved with local businesses on community-led projects, charitable events and fundraisers.

The Stamford Lifestyle, Around the Clock

BSA Covid-Safe Charter

The Stamford Schools have adopted the BSA Covid-Safe Charter confirming that we will fully comply with all government rules and guidance and will meet the following requirements when boarding reopens.

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BSA Covid-Safe Charter

Boarding Packages

We recognise the demands on busy working parents and provide flexible as well as full boarding solutions. For example, several parents work in London one or two days a week and find it challenging to travel back in time for school pick up. In this instance, our flexible boarding options work well.

Our packages include full boarding, weekly (five night) boarding, or three or four night options. You can also book occasional nights, or a Friday/Saturday package, subject to availability.  Boarders can enjoy after school clubs, social activities, weekend trips and make use of our leisure centre and pool, or take advantage of support and advice from tutors and House Parents during homework time.

Full Boarding

Full boarding to meet your needs, with the option to have your children at home on weekends when you have free time.

Full Boarding

Weekly Boarding

Boarding with us for three, four or five nights a week to reduce commuting times significantly.

Weekly Boarding

Flexi Boarding

We offer flexible boarding for your family’s busy evenings, one or two nights a week, or as logistics require. We also offer Friday/Saturday night boarding when weekends are lost to work.


Flexi Boarding

The Right Boarding Option For You

Family Challenge


My children are so happy at Stamford but our daily commute is eating up 10 hours of our time each week; I think their time could be used more productively.

Boarding for three, four or five nights a week will reduce commuting times significantly.

I love that there are so many after school clubs at Stamford for my children to enjoy but with younger children at our local school, who have activities at the same time, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get back in time in the evening.

Flexible boarding on your family’s busy evenings, for one or two nights a week, or as logistics require.

I work three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday, and my hours mean I finish work at 9pm.

Boarding three nights a week

I work shifts and have to do nights every other week – seven days per week.

Full boarding is most likely to meet your needs, but you can still choose to have your children at home on weekends when you have free time.

My children have settled in brilliantly but we’re moving to Dubai with my work and I would like them to stay at Stamford as they are doing so well.

Full boarding.

I often go away at weekends with work and I’d rather my child stays here to have the chance to do some activities with friends.

Friday/Saturday boarding or three night boarding.

Often because I work long hours during the week, I find it difficult to collect my children from Stamford at pick up. They love the after-school activities, and I was thinking boarding may work, but I really want to spend time with my family at weekends.

Boarding four or five nights a week will let your children pursue their activities, and remove the challenge of juggling long hours, but lets you enjoy family time together two or three nights a week.

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