Boarding at The Leys


Boarding at school is a popular choice, where pupils learn to live in a close knit community and make good friendships - often for life.

Full Boarding

The majority of Leysians are boarders and while they live in one House, school-wide activities will find them mixing throughout the day in lessons, sport, after-school activities and social time, ensuring school friendships are widespread. The Leys campus thrives on community life, each House having a strong sense of identity and unity, yet healthy inter-house competition enrich the pattern of daily life, especially in the sporting, arts and debating fora. The boarding day starts at 7:30 am with breakfast; at 6:00 pm boarders have supper then return to their House for evening prep, and participate in a wide range of evening activities on campus.

Home Boarding

Some pupils at The Leys take advantage of our 'home boarding' facility where pupils sleep at home yet participate fully in daily school life. Pupils eat supper in School, as well as complete their prep and evening activities, so in effect they participate almost fully in the daily routine yet remain in close contact with their families.

For home boarders the school day starts at 8:20 am with house registration, and ends between 8:15 and 9:00 pm.

Sample Timetables

Boarding Principles

The aims of Boarding at The Leys School are:

  • Within our House system, to make sure that every pupil feels part of that community; valued as an individual, supported, encouraged, understood and properly and safely looked after by appropriate adults at all times.
  • For every pupil to feel safe and secure in their House environment and for their rights to privacy, warmth, food, comfort and rest to be reasonably met. There should be tolerance and acceptance of individuality and difference, with no discrimination as regards age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious beliefs. and sexuality. Bullying is to be dealt with swiftly and firmly, offering support to both the bullied and the bully.
  • To ensure that each pupil comprehends and follows a system of communal rules and regulations which allows everyone to live happily side by side in the knowledge that decent values are being promoted – honesty, respect, unselfishness, reliance, whilst working in a team of both pupils and adults.
  • To ensure as far as possible that our pupils will grow through this system to be well‐balanced, independent young adults, having learnt to work with and for others, in a socially responsible manner.

Boarding Houses


Girls 13-18


Boys 16-18


Girls 13-18


Girls 16-18


Mixed 11-13

North A

Boys 13-18


Boys 13-18


Boys 13-18

Inter-House Events

There are many inter-house competitions, ranging from sport to house singing (the famous 'House Shout' at the end of the Christmas term) to Chemistry, debating and the inter-house quiz. Inter-house sports take place every half term and range from indoor sports such as football, to swimming, to athletics. The idea is to have fun and relaxation whilst representing the House. It’s great to win, but part of the fun is making new friendships and sharing experiences whilst competing.

There are also many other activities and societies on offer at The Leys and pupils should not be afraid of trying some, especially in the periods before supper. Boarders are expected to attend at least three different activities per week.

Heads of House

The Head of House is a very important senior member of each Boarding House. He/she is responsible for the House Prefects and is the main person to communicate general matters concerning the House to the Housemaster/mistress (Hsms as we call them). The Head of House is chosen because they relate well to other members of the House and because they care about the welfare of others. The prefects are supported by a Deputy Head of House and sub-prefects.

Further to this there is a team of prefects who are elected each year by members of staff and fellow pupils. Their responsibilities extend to the whole school and are as follows:

  • Academic Prefect
  • Chapel Prefect
  • Community Prefect
  • Culture Prefect
  • Moulton Prefect
  • Sport Prefect


Number of boarding and day houses at The Leys.



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