Boarding at The Dairy – A True Home Away From Home

The Dairy House dates back to 1870, but has now been completely refurbished and modernised for today’s discerning boarding pupil. The boarding house is small and friendly, offering comfortable and homely living quarters on the school’s stunning campus in Woolverstone, Suffolk.

Ensuite Single Bedroom in The Barns Boarding House

Boarders at the Dairy House live in an idyllic and safe setting, well connected to social opportunities in the nearby town of Ipswich just five miles away. Equally, they can enjoy exploring the rest of the UK as the school is just one hour from central London and an hour from Cambridge.

The Dairy offers a range of rooms for pupils from Year 7 upwards, including twins, singles and ensuites. The Dairy has been completely renovated, and opened in September 2019, with brand new accommodation. The boarding house has Wi-Fi and boarders are able to use the school’s numerous facilities including the swimming pool and fitness suite in their free time.

Boarding Options

Full-time Boarding

We offer full-time boarding in The Dairy from Year 7 and upwards. Each boarding pupil has their own bed space and personal storage, which is theirs for the whole academic year. The fee includes all meals, accommodation, laundry and 24-hour care by residential house staff. See fees for further information.

Weekly Boarding

Weekly boarders will stay at The Dairy for five nights each week during term time, arriving on a Sunday evening and leaving after school on a Friday to go home at weekends. On request and with approval, weekly boarders may stay overnight at weekends on occasion.

Flexible Boarding

Flexible boarding will be offered with the completion of phase two of our new boarding facilities and we hope to be able to offer this from September 2020 for those pupils who would like to board on a more casual basis.

An example of the high quality en-suite rooms available in The Barns, one of our stylish boarding facilities.

The Boarding Experience

We care deeply about the welfare and happiness of our boarding pupils and put them at the very heart of everything we do.

The school’s embedded culture of pastoral care extends even further for our boarding pupils; our full-time, live-in staff are on hand for every individual who lives there. We foster a supportive and nurturing community in our boarding house, where pupils encourage one another and build solid friendships.

As well as our incredible Enrichment Programme, which is offered throughout the school week to all of our pupils, we provide exciting weekend activities, events and opportunities for boarding pupils.

Find out more about our Weekend Activities

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Register Your Interest

We welcome boarding pupils from all over the world and offer full-time boarding to UK and international pupils.

If you would like to find out more, please complete an enquiry form, request a callback or book a visit.

Boarding House

Boarding House Office

01473 201080

House Parents Direct

01473 201081

Matron Direct

01473 201082

Mr Rob Hasting, Head of Boarding


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