Boarding Information

Boarding in the co-ed Sixth Form at Colchester Royal Grammar School offers the perfect step before university or the next chapter, allowing students to have a safe taste of independence. Housing 30 boarders across two beautiful and characteristic houses allows for a lovely family atmosphere so boarders become part of an extended family. Their close-knit community, with mutual respect between staff and students, is the foundation of our outstanding pastoral care.

CRGS is a state funded school and there are no tuition fees, only boarding fees. Boarding fees for September 2024 entry are fixed for 2 years and are £5,475 per term.  All students must possess a British passport or have a Right of Residency in the UK or the equivalent of.

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.

One of the biggest benefits of being a boarder is the access to the school facilities in the evenings and at weekends, including the school gym, tennis courts, music department and the smart board technology for their studies.  There is also access to the beautiful library, housed is one of the original school buildings. There is a well-equipped games hut and a newly renovated common room for boarders to use and relax in after a busy school day.


With spacious and newly renovated rooms, our Year 13s tend to have single occupancy rooms and the Year 12s share a room. This allows them to build friendships, enjoy communal living and develop a mutual respect for others.

Boarding photo 2023


Throughout the school year, we are proud to celebrate a number of different cultural events that bring our boarding community together, such as Christmas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. The boarders participate in events like National Boarding Day, and inter-house competitions and they are encouraged to arrange weekend activities with each other. We offer trips  to external venues throughout the year, such as ice skating, mini-golf and water parks. 


The school site is in walking distance of Colchester city centre, so the boarders can enjoy access to a cinema, high street shops, and numerous restaurants and cafes.  We are within walking distance to a railway station and it is under an hour's train journey to Central London. So boarders, with parental consent, can enjoy varied days out.

Ofsted rating: Good. Please see the most recent Ofsted inspection report for CRGS Boarding.

Please Apply Here to complete the application form to board in the co-ed Sixth Form at CRGS.

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