Welcome from the Head of Boarding

At Bishopstrow College, students are encouraged to be independent and self reliant, but boarding is also about having fun and making friends for life. It is a journey of discovery supported by caring boarding staff.

Boarding offers a happy and vibrant family environment where residential staff supervise and nurture students to ensure comfort and safety at all times. We exceed supervision ratios across all our residences for both pastoral care and the supervision of extra curricular activities.

The College’s five virtues are to be hard working; a team player; kind; polite; and to be organised. If students carry these five virtues with them in life, they will do well.

I look forward to welcoming all incoming students to Bishopstrow.


Alison Rigby, Head of Boarding


Junior and Middle College students live in Barrow House at the heart of the main campus, in shared rooms of between 2 and 8 students.  Senior College students live in shared rooms of 2 or 3.  Senior Girls have a suite of rooms in Barrow House and there are also three further Senior boarding houses located a short distance from the College and across the road from the main campus.

Half of all rooms have en-suite facilities in Barrow House.

The Senior Boys’ house – Aldhelms – which is located a short distance from the College, accommodates 16 students and staff and includes a common room and kitchen.

Two new boarding houses for Seniors – Mandalay House and Riverside House – were added in March and June 2018 respectively.  Both are situated directly opposite the main campus.  Mandalay can accommodate up to 10 students and staff, whilst Riverside can accommodate up to 12 students and staff.  Both houses benefit from extensive gardens overlooking the River Wylye and are a short walk from Barrow House and the classroom building and

Electronic equipment is collected every evening to ensure a good night’s sleep.

All students have access to indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, Junior, Middle and Senior College common rooms with pool, table tennis and football table, piano, organ, quiet room, study spaces and Wi-Fi.

There is a laundry collection 3 times a week and residential staff ensure younger students always have clean clothes!

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