Boarding at King's

King's boarders are very special people! In a boarding community of under 60 pupils everyone makes friends very quickly - and across all age groups too. Our boarders are one big family with both Houses sharing meals, celebrations and leisure activities.

We have two boarding houses on site, School House can cater for up to 34 boys and is run by Housemaster (HsM), Mr Coetzee, whilst St Margaret's House caters for 22 girls and is run by Housemistress (HsM), Miss Pembroke. 

Each house offers comfortable accommodation and lots of space, with common rooms, study areas, computer rooms, music practice rooms and a fully equipped kitchen which is replenished daily with fruit, cereal, bread, milk and snacks. Boarders eat their main meals in the dining halls adjacent to the Houses and often choose to eat together making lunchtime an ideal opportunity to catch up with friends.

We welcome boarders from across the globe aged between 11 (Year 7) and 18 (Upper Sixth). All international pupils at King's live in boarding houses with British students so they have the opportunity to improve their English outside the classroom. To continue providing the best possible education for King’s pupils, the School integrates Digital Learning across the three schools.

All our Boarders enjoy a strong loyalty to ‘House’ and throughout the term will don their beloved House Purple to compete against the Day Houses in sports fixtures, music competitions and at events such as debating and general knowledge.

Living away from home is a huge step for any child to take. All boarders at King's are guaranteed a very warm welcome from their HsM who will be there for them every step of their boarding journey.


We will always answer all of your questions, ease any concerns and ensure that Boarding at King's is the best time of your life.

Living independently can be scary but we feel that that living with your friends nestled in the cobbled medieval streets of Rochester under the shadow of the Cathedral is the perfect location to develop and grow.

King’s prides itself on its broad co-curricular programme and there is always something to do, Boarders can take part in before and after School clubs including Art, Design and Technology, and Chess. Play in a games team for Badminton, Tennis or Rugby, take to the stage in our annual Drama production or learn an musical instrument and join an ensemble.

Over the weekend, many day trips are planned to local attractions, theme parks, London and more alongside visits to local sports games, restaurants and festivals. There is always something to do at King’s

Types of Boarding

King's offers three types of boarding provision in both the Girls' House and Boys' House:

  • Full boarder - a boarder who is in the boarding house for 7 nights a week (excluding school holidays)
  • Weekly boarder - a boarder who comes in on a Sunday evening and departs on a Friday evening (in other words, not weekends)
  • Flexi boarder- a boarder who stays in for less than 5 nights a week, that is between 2 and 4 nights