Ofsted Report March 2010:   Boarding provision is ‘Outstanding’.

The school has a small boarding section with 30 places which are available to sixth form students from the UK, British passport holders living overseas and foreign students with an EU passport. There are no tuition fees. The facilities are available only for boys who must satisfy the academic entry requirements of the school which are detailed in the document ‘Sixth Form Entry’ before they will be considered for a place in boarding. Those deemed academically suitable will be interviewed to see if they are judged suitable for the ethos of the boarding house and school.


‘An experience of living as well as an opportunity for learning’

Boarding at CRGS is an excellent preparation for meeting the demands of university life. But there is a genuine desire for boarding education in its own right as a rewarding and enjoyable means of self-development, of learning to live with others and of making strong friendships. Staff are committed to providing boarders with a very good level of personal support which enables them to achieve academically and socially to their full potential. There is an insistence on high standards of conduct and courtesy, and boarders respond well to these expectations and the caring, structured and informal atmosphere. A programme of varied after school activities is provided during the week and, for full boarders, at weekends.

Evening and weekend supervision is shared between 5 residential boarding staff. Students are given academic support and guided through their UCAS applications, including personal statements. The Headmaster has overall responsibility for boarding.

Boarding provision at CRGS meets or exceeds the National Minimum Standards in all areas – see below: Ofsted Inspection Report 2014


Boarding House
School House

Academic Excellence

Ofsted Report:  

‘The school justifiably considers the sixth form its flagship, and it provides an outstanding standard of education. ‘A’ level results are outstanding.’

The boarding house attracts a number of well qualified and well motivated students from the UK and overseas. These students have been successful and happy in our sixth form and boarding house. Teaching and boarding staff monitor academic progress closely. Our boarders consistently achieve 4 or more A* grades at A-level and will routinely apply to Oxford, Cambridge and the elite universities such as LSE, Imperial College and UCL. In recent years, almost half of Oxbridge applications have been successful.

2012 A-Level results:   All our year 13 boarders achieved 100% A*/A grades in the A-level examinations (49A*/18A excluding General Studies). Five boarders were offered Oxbridge places. 


The fees for September 2014 are fixed for 2 years and are as follows:

            *  Full boarding:                 £ 3600 per term

*  Weekly boarding:           £ 3000 per term

 Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state funded school and there are no additional tuition fees.


The school provides free tuition in English for overseas students and will pay the cost of one entry for the IELTS examination:       


Boarding is on two sites - in part of the School House buildings, and in a separate building, Gilberd House, within the school grounds. The accommodation is comfortable and attractive. All rooms are carpeted and there is a balance of double and single rooms. There are excellent study facilities, and boarders have supervised access to the school library and resources room, music facilities, playing fields, indoor sports areas and, in the summer, to a heated open-air swimming pool attended by a duty lifeguard. Boarders have the use of a common room, provided with easy chairs and television, a games room, and a restaurant-style kitchen. Meals are in the school restaurant and care is taken to ensure that boarders have a balanced, varied and plentiful diet.


Boarders on bikes at Alton Waters

Boarders taking part in Spectroscopy day

Alton Water cycle activities

AS Chemistry Spectroscopy Day, held at the University of Essex


Ofsted Inspection Report:  March 2010 


‘This is a school where boarders are well cared for and feel safe.’

‘They are strongly supported and encouraged to enjoy boarding life by a team of staff who demonstrate a positive commitment towards the welfare of boarders.’

‘The support given to boarders is excellent. Boarders said the house staff are ‘fantastic’.’

‘The views and opinions of boarders are valued at the school.’

‘Parents are very satisfied with the care and support of their children.’

‘Parents comment that ‘there is a rich array of opportunities for the boarders to shine.’

‘The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding.’


'Dawn from Gilberd House' courtesy of Arnold Wong


More details of boarding provision are available from the school office and in the boarding handbook.

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