Boarding Information

Ofsted Report November 2016:   Boarding provision is ‘Outstanding’.

The school has a small boarding provision, with up to 30 places 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. All boarders must meet the academic entry requirements, which are detailed in the ‘Sixth Form Entry’ document, before they will be considered for a place in boarding. Those deemed academically suitable will be invited to have a tour of the school and interviewed where a judgement will be made about their suitability boarding and whether they will satisfy the ethos, aims and principles of boarding at CRGS.

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, and we are able to provide the support and environment for our boarders to grow and thrive. The boarding education is 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 at weekends to enrich the lives of our students. Boarding is comprised of two residential houses spread across the site – School House and Gilberd House. The students also have access to various other boarding specific facilities, such as newly renovated common area and kitchen in School House, and Games Hut, and relaxation areas.
Evening and weekend supervision is shared between residential boarding staff, who aim to build strong professional relationships, the foundation to which lies in mutual respect. Students are given academic support and guided through their UCAS applications, including personal statements and supported emotionally and pastorally throughout the year. The Headmaster has overall responsibility for boarding; the staff for the 2019-20 academic year are:
  • Miss H Byrne - Head of Boarding
  • Mr J Francis - House Parent, Teacher of PE
  • Mrs G Francis - Residential staff member in Gilberd House
  • Mr I Minton - House Parent
  • Mr C Hallows - Resident Graduate
Boarding provision at CRGS meets or exceeds the National Minimum Standards in all areas – see below: Ofsted Inspection Report 2016

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 highly academic and well-motivated students from the UK and EU passport holders from across the globe. We try to foster an environment that will create happy and successful students within boarding and the sixth form. Teaching and boarding staff monitor students closely to ensure all progress academically, are mentally resilient and equipped with skills for later life. We are able to provide excellent academic support for students in boarding, due to our highly dedicated boarding staff who teach A-Levels as well. Our boarders consistently achieve 4 or more A* grades at A-level and will routinely apply to Oxford, Cambridge, FastTrack UCAS courses (such as Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) and top universities worldwide, including: UCL, Imperial, Stanford, MIT and University of Hong Kong.

We also offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and weekend exeats which we encourage the students to take part in. These include, but are not limited to: cycling at Alton Water, ice skating, day trips to Cambridge and Oxford, Christmas shopping, trips to the beach and adventure weekends. 



The fees for 2020 entry are fixed for 2 years and are £4,500 per term. 
Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state funded school and there are no additional tuition fees. However, all students must possess a British/EU passport. 

GCSE English & Maths

As a state funded school, students must have English or Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at level 4. Applicants without GCSE English or Maths will be considered but they will be put on a course to achieve these qualifications. If students study English or Maths at A-Level a GCSE qualification is not needed. 


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Boarding is spread across the main school site in two main buildings - School House and Gilberd House,. The accommodation is comfortable and attractive and has recently been renovated, providing a new kitchen, dining room, study area and TV/Common room. All rooms are carpeted and there is a balance of double and single rooms. There are excellent study facilities, and boarders have 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 family kitchen. Meals are in the school restaurant and care is taken to ensure that boarders have a balanced, varied and plentiful diet.