Woodcote House


If your son is likely to board in future, boarding at Woodcote is an invaluable preparation. Woodcote offers a graduated and flexible approach to boarding to suit each boy and his family.  We work hard to ensure that boarding is a secure, positive and rewarding experience for each boy. Boys can begin boarding at any age from 7 to 13, and prospective boarders are encouraged to spend a night or two at Woodcote before they start.

Housed in the main building, our small dormitories are cheerful and cosy. Bright sea-blue walls, primary-coloured duvets, superhero posters and striped curtains create a relaxed, home-from-home feel. Bedtimes range from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, depending on age. Our Head of Pastoral Care and her team of four Matrons look after the boys in the evenings and sleep within easy reach of the dormitories.

Boys have scheduled calls with their parents each week and may use phones or iPads for these.  Full boarders also write emails or proper letters home each week. With such a flexible approach to boarding, and Exeat weekends twice each term, our boarders can also spend plenty of time at home with their families. Boarders have the option of going home after matches for the rest of the weekend.


Weekends provide a healthy balance of planned activities and free time. Saturday mornings are enrichment lessons aimed at improving the boys’ life skills, followed by Chapel, which all parents are welcome to attend.  Chapel is followed by a glass of wine (for parents!) and lunch before sports matches in the afternoon.

On Sundays, the boys enjoy outings such as sailing, dry-slope skiing, paintballing, climbing, cinema trips and mackerel fishing.




Trial boarding for our juniors was a huge success! What’s not to love about cupcake baking and blue icing!