Boarding Information

Ofsted Report November 2016:   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 at weekends.
Evening and weekend supervision is shared between 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 2016

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.


The fees for 2018/19 are fixed for 2 years and are £4,400 per term.
Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state funded school and there are no additional tuition fees.

GCSE English & Maths

As a state funded school, students must have English or Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C. Applicants without GCSE English or Maths will be considered but they will be put on a course to achieve these qualifications.  


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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.