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Boarding at The Pilgrims’ School is extremely popular and our two houses are likely to be full, with a waiting list.

The school has 100 boarding places and our youngest boarders are in Year 4 (age 9). Full boarding is offered, although boys may choose to go home on Saturday and return on Sunday night, or Monday morning, arriving in good time for lessons.

For parents who find that they are able to make an unscheduled visit to see their son, our flexible arrangements at the weekend prove invaluable.

Preparation for senior school

If your son is likely to board at senior school, the secure, nurturing environment of boarding at Pilgrims' is a great way to help him prepare for the transition and to acquire the skills he will find invaluable to being a happy, thriving member of a boarding community. We are frequently told by the housemasters of senior schools that the boys who have previously boarded find it much easier to settle in and adjust to the new routines, freedoms and independence.

Taster boarding sessions are offered to boys currently at the school, when possible, to see if they might like to board one day. Even if your son is not intending to board at senior school, he may decide that he would like to enjoy the experience and independence of boarding with us in his senior years, and he will, of course, be most welcome. 

The outcomes for boarders are excellent and their very high standard of personal development is evident in the way they conduct themselves around the school. They are confident and courteous and gain much from their boarding experience. They are most articulate, and speak of their school with pride and enthusiasm.

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Supervised prep 

A distinct advantage of boarding is that prep (homework) is closely supervised. Staff are on hand to help, and the influence of industrious senior boys setting a good example undoubtedly helps the younger boys to establish good learning habits.  As a boarder, your son will learn to organise his preps and to work efficiently, completing the task within the allocated time; these are crucial skills which he will call upon throughout the whole of his education. Year 8 boarders each have an individual study cubicle in a communal study room, known as Toys.

Supported music practice

If he is a musician, your son will be given a set time to practice, and he will be supervised to ensure that the time is being used well. He can, of course, do more practice at other times, too. It is undoubtedly much more fun to practice at the same time as other people and less frustrating with an experienced musician nearby to help with any problems.

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.