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Read School Boarding

Modern Boarding For Boys and Girls
Read School Norfolk House Boarding

Norfolk House for Boys

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Read School Selden House Boarding

Selden House for Girls

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Read School Boarding Activities

Boarding Activities

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Boarding Medical Care

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Boarding for Overseas Students

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Modern boarding at Read School is an increasingly popular and enjoyable experience for many boys and girls.

Our boarding school community is firmly at the ‘heart’ of The Read School.  Boarders play a full part in the life of the school and their presence in the evenings and at weekends provides important continuity on the campus.

Boarding is an enjoyable experience, full of opportunities for discovery and personal development. Each boarder is given the space and support to develop individual interests and talents as well as the chance to discover both the pleasures and responsibilities of living as a member of a community – a community that is friendly, homely, relaxed and caring.  Boarding allows young people to focus on their work as well as their extra-curricular activities. They can be with their friends, have fun and develop into independent individuals who can confidently make their way in the world.

Read School welcomes applications from both the UK and overseas and this mix of nationalities and backgrounds enhances the experience of boarding and extends the ethos of the diverse cultures in to the wider school community.

– Now TV, Pool table, Table football and an Xbox.

– Sundays consist of trips across Yorkshire offering a wide array of different activities.

We are happy to provide not only full or weekly boarding, but also flexi or occasional boarding, where we can help with caring for your children when the unexpected business trip crops up, in a family emergency, or just for parents to have a break away, without the children.

This is a caring environment with a flexible approach to all our pupils’ needs.  Boarding gives an opportunity to work hard and to play hard – home comforts without the need to travel!

Read School Norfolk House Boarding

The boarding boys live on the main school site in Norfolk House.

Norfolk House is modern, purpose-built accommodation, comprising of mostly twin rooms with single rooms available for Sixth Formers and prefects.

Bedrooms are well equipped with storage and study areas, and the boys may personalise their rooms if they wish.  Linen is provided by the school but boys may prefer to bring their own personal bed linen.  Modern bathroom and shower facilities are available along with a recently refurbished kitchen for making snacks in the evenings and at the weekends.  There is a large common room with up to date facilities for leisure time, including large screen TV with Sky box, pool table, Wi-Fi and various games consoles.

From the start, the boys are members of our friendly community and they quickly learn to support one another.  The boys themselves play a vital role in running the house, and have every opportunity to develop skills of leadership and a sense of responsibility and sympathy to the needs of others.

Each new boy (particularly juniors) is paired up with a ‘buddy’ when they arrive who shows them where everything is and helps him to settle in.  The boys are well supported and the houses are run by a team dedicated to the pastoral care of each pupil.

Read School Selden House Boarding

Our boarding girls also live on the main school site in Selden House.

Selden House is part of the older buildings of the school and is an exciting new development within boarding for the girls to be housed here.

A massive programme of refurbishment has taken place over the summer of 2015, modernising current provision, and the girls are now enjoying

Bedrooms are well equipped with storage and study areas, and the girls may personalise their rooms if they wish.  Older girls and prefects may have the chance of single study bedrooms whilst younger girls share, usually with two or three others.  Linen is provided by the school but girls may prefer to bring their own personal bed linen. The house also boasts modern bathroom and shower facilities and a cosy common room, where the girls can gather in the evenings to chat, watch TV or play games.

Please visit the Galleries page to see the new accommodation by clicking here.

Read School Boarding Activities

A busy variety of activities are an integral part of boarding here at Read.

We balance the need to study with the need to develop skills and experiences whilst enjoying ourselves.

All our pupils have full use of the school facilities outside of school hours.This may be to do homework in the ICT suite, play football on the Astroturf pitch or badminton in the Sports Hall, trampolining, swimming or just relaxing in the common rooms.

Most boarding pupils will be taking part in school sports fixtures on Saturdays, but Sunday is generally a day for rest and recreation and a wide and varied spectrum of activities is provided.  Boarding pupils are expected to attend a church service on the first and third Sundays in each month, at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Drax village.

Non-Church Sundays and Church Sunday afternoons are then given over to the activities mentioned.

Activities and excursions, depending on the time of year, may include:

• Zumba • Horse Riding • Halloween party • Christmas Party • Pool Tournaments • Pantomimes • Shopping • Swimming • Air Hockey Tournaments • Music Quizzes • Pamper Nights • Laser Quest • Paint Balling • Seaside visits • Film Nights • Team Building • Themed dinner nights • BBQs • Bowling • Cinema • Christmas Shopping Trips

Read School Medical Care Boarding

All our boarding pupils are registered with the local doctors’ surgery and medical issues are dealt with in-house from a well-equipped First Aid Centre and appropriately qualified staff.

We are also able to help with arranging dental and orthodontic appointments and eyesight tests.  The school also employs the services of a fully qualified counsellor.

Read School Overseas Boarders Boarding

At Read we welcome pupils from both the UK and overseas, and this mix of nationalities and backgrounds enhances the experience of boarding and extends the ethos of these diverse cultures into the wider school community.

We offer a happy, caring environment where every child feels secure and valued, giving them the chance to learn valuable life skills and grow in confidence, whilst learning a new language. We are experienced in ensuring that the often difficult transition period between home and school, is accomplished smoothly and happily for all concerned.

Our overseas pupils come from a diverse range of countries. Currently, and in the recent past, we have had pupils from as far afield as Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Macao, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Ukraine, Germany, Indonesia, Nigeria, France and Spain.  They enjoy the small family atmosphere and do very well here.

Theme nights are a regular feature in the school dining room, when pupils are treated to a taste of different cultures around the world, ranging from Mexican to Thai, from American to Chinese.


All overseas pupils must have a guardian appointed in the UK.  If parents do not have a suitable adult they can nominate to act as a guardian for their children, then the school has close dealings with a number of agencies who assist in the allocation of suitable guardians; please contact us for more information.  The school will not permit any half term/end of term arrangements to involve anyone other than our designated drivers or registered guardians.

We are happy to arrange transport to and from the airport, with escorts, for all our overseas pupils.  There are no formal exeat weekends.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Extra English lessons are provided by our EAL department, which offers support socially as well as academically.  Lessons can be taken individually or in a small class with three or four other pupils.  All our pupils are prepared for both PET and IELTS examinations at the appropriate times.

Q & A

What can I do to relax in the boarding house?

Lots!  In Norfolk House there is a large screen television with Sky TV, Playstation, pool table, computers to play games on and an array of board games.  There is lots of space outside to run about in, play football, cricket, rounders and tennis.  We even have a trampoline!

What happens if I feel ill?

Any member of staff will help you.  All residential staff are first aid trained and can administer simple home remedies such as paracetamol etc, but if you need extra care, we will take you to the local doctors’ surgery, with which we have excellent strong links.  Of course, if you need to, we will arrange for you to go home.

Can I speak to my parents?

Yes, of course.  Your parents can phone the Houses in the evenings and there are call boxes in all three Houses.  You can also use your mobile, if you have one, or Skype your parents from your laptop.

How many others will I be sharing with?

It depends how old you are, but our younger boarders are usually in small dorms of two or three, whereas older pupils either share a room or even have a room to themselves, as they build up to important external examinations.  If you are coming to us as an occasional boarder, we will always try and put you with someone you know from class.

What do I do if I feel homesick?

Everyone wonders if they will feel homesick, but most boarders are having too much fun to notice.  If you are feeling sad, there are plenty of people you can talk to: your Housemaster or Housemistress, teachers and friends are all looking out for you.