Boarding Information


Colchester Royal Grammar School offers a fantastic opportunity for sixth form students to develop their independence, a perfect stepping stone to their next chapter in life. Boarding at CRGS is more of an extended family, with mutual respect between staff and students as the foundation of pastoral care. Our boarders are able to understand their actions effects on others by living within a close-knit community.

One of the biggest benefits of being a boarder means we have access to the school facilities, our boarders are allowed to play the grand piano, use the gym, watch movies on the big screen and utilise our smart board technology for their studies. It is however the beautiful library which draws most of our boarders attention throughout the evenings and weekends. Our well-equipped games hut and newly renovated common room really allows a fantastic space for our boarders to relax after a busy day in school.


Our boarders are split across two houses in the heart of school campus. With spacious and newly renovated rooms, our year 13s enjoy a single occupancy room whilst our year 12s share, allowing them an opportunity to develop an understanding of communal living whilst developing a mutual respect for others around them.


Throughout the school year, we are proud to celebrate a number of different cultural events bringing our boarding community together. The boarders participate in inter-house competitions and are encouraged to arrange weekend activities with each other. We offer some bigger trips throughout the year such as jump-street, Thorpe Park, shopping etc. As well as celebrating national boarding day, Christmas and Chinese New Year.



The boarders are within walking distance of town, which includes a cinema, leisure centre and numerous restaurants and cafes. Boarders are also only a short train journey to London and with parental consent can enjoy a day in the capital city.




Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state funded school and there are no tuition fees, only boarding fees. However, all students must possess a British/EU passport.

Boarding fees for 2021 entry are fixed for 2 years and are £4,725 per term.

As a state funded school, students must have English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at level 4. Applicants without GCSE English and Maths will be considered but they will need to study for these qualifications whilst at school. If the student is studying English or Maths at A-level the GCSE qualification is not required.

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Please follow the link below if you wish to apply to CRGS.

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