Boarding at Malvern St James
Boarding is at the heart of Malvern St James Girls’ School and all girls whether they are full, weekly, flexi or day pupils are a part of the boarding community. We welcome boarders from Year 3 through to Year 13 (age 7 - 18). Boarding adds a special, holistic dimension to the pastoral foundation of the School.
We have five Boarding Houses which are dedicated to caring for specific age groups. Each of the Boarding Houses has an experienced team of staff dedicated to looking after the health and wellbeing of the girls. All of our Boarding Houses are located a short walk from the main School building.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the Alice Dining Room, located in the main School building. Our experienced team of chefs create a variety of delicious and nutritious menu choices which cater for all dietary needs.
Weekends are never dull while boarding. We do not have timetabled lessons on a Saturday but instead offer a full and varied weekend programme, encompassing all kinds of trips and activities taking full advantage of our beautiful surrounding here in Malvern.
The Malvern Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and are very popular for walks and picnics, on a clear day you can see more than ten counties from the top! Our rural surroundings offer a safe home-from-home environment for girls and is full of traditional English charm, yet with facilities such as a cinema, theatre, restaurants, a buzzing independent coffee shop scene and boutique shopping.
The weekend schedule also incorporates a full range of Outdoor Pursuits with rock-climbing, abseiling, caving, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, windsurfing and sailing just some of the activities on offer. These are valuable opportunities to learn and enjoy, be challenged and be adventurous in a safe environment, to make new friends and enjoy new experiences.
We also appreciate the importance of rest before another busy week at School. The boarding houses are all relaxing spaces where girls can have quiet time to reflect and recoup or join in with some house activities such as baking, crafting, or group games. There are no enforced exeat weekends allowing our short-stay girls to fully immerse themselves into boarding life.
Being centrally located, we have excellent transport links, with Birmingham and London airports within easy reach. Great Malvern train station is located opposite the School with direct trains to London and Birmingham and connections all across the UK.