With full, weekly, flexi and short-term options available, boarding at St Jo’s is adaptable. While many – particularly our international students – take the traditional full boarding route, just as many choose to go home at weekends or to stay occasionally, to fit in with family schedules.
Our boarding houses are designed to be cosy and our dependable boarding staff are kind, always on hand to help. That said, the reassuring routines of life as a boarder, empower students to be self-reliant.
Boarders’ weekdays are particularly productive, with time before school for a run or some reading. There’s a short leafy walk to the dining hall, Refs, for breakfast before joining their tutor groups and reuniting with friends among the day students. Boarders are fully assimilated into the day student population. Lessons run until 3.45pm – with break and lunch – followed by the Development Hour, when new activities are sampled, interests pursued and academic learning boosted. After supper, our boarders return to their houses for structured study and then some chilling out before bed. Sleep, repeat! But no two days are actually the same – this is the beauty of boarding at St Jo’s.
Boarders relax at weekends, with breakfast giving way to brunch, uniforms left on the hanger and opportunities to sample the cultural and recreational highlights of the region. Birthdays are celebrated as well as other big events – from national holidays to Chinese New Year.