Boarding at Elstree provides the mix of enrichment and excellent pastoral care as well as the practical approach and flexibility that modern families need from a prep school. This is an exciting time to join a flourishing area of the School. Boarding is optional for all year groups from Year 4 upwards and the many children will go on to either flexi-board or weekly board as they move up the school.  We think that our approach ensures a happy school and family life balance whilst enabling pupils to make the most of everything that Elstree has to offer and to prepare them for their next school.

We firmly believe in the benefits of the boarding experience – it enables pupils to learn to live as part of a community; it builds up their self-confidence, independence and organisation skills; to pursue a wealth of activities and interests and to build up strong friendships. Our pupils develop a strong set of values and good manners which they take with them not only to their senior schools, but which will serve them well for their adult life. We aim to provide a safe and happy environment, in which the pupils can develop and thrive. Click here for a statement of our aims and mission for boarding.

Our Head of Boarding leads a dedicated team of houseparents, matrons and house tutors who all live close to the dormitories. The Headmaster and his family reside close by in the school grounds and are also fully involved with the pupils in their everyday boarding life during the week and at weekends.

We operate a bus service to and from London on certain dates – the latest schedule is listed here.


My son boarded initially for two nights, then three and in his final year, he chose to full board – allowed to go at his own speed, he learned to be independent and confident whilst enjoying all that boarding life at Elstree had to offer. I could not recommend it more highly! A parent’s view 

Boarding Life

At Elstree, we are blessed with a stunning setting and extensive facilities which Boarders are able to enjoy in the evenings with their friends. The daily life of an Elstree pupil is full and varied and on weeknights, after  supper, there is a wide range of Boarders’ Clubs to get involved in – from bridge to cookery, fishing and shooting to judo and touch rugby and many more. We try to make sure that there really is something for everyone.


Boarding News

Escape from Colditz

December 1, 2023

Castle Colditz, high in the Berkforest Shireland, had a massive breakout on …

Year 7 Big Weekend

November 6, 2023

This weekend Elstree hosted the Year 7 Big Weekend ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!…

Year 8 Big Weekend

October 4, 2023

The Year 8 children enjoyed a fantastic Big Weekend, kicking off with some d…

Year 6 Big Weekend

September 18, 2023

The Year 6 pupils had a fantastic Big Bushcraft Weekend! Saturday evening co…

Year 6 Big Weekend

May 24, 2023

The theme for the Year 6 Big Weekend was Wet Wacky and Wild. Saturday evenin…