St John's College

The College provides boarding facilities in four boarding houses - Nash, Hill, Clayton and Hodgson - for approximately 200 boys from Remove to Upper V.

Boys choose to board either as weekly boarders (Sunday evening to Friday afternoon) or as termly boarders.

All College boarding was upgraded in 2010, and pupils are very comfortably accommodated in modern and spacious rooms which house anything from three or four boys (juniors) to one or two boys (seniors). All Upper V boys have their own rooms. Each boy has a bed, a desk, a bookcase and a cupboard.

The boarding houses have their own common rooms for meeting and recreation, and boys have access to DStv, table tennis and pool tables. Wireless internet access is available in all boarding houses.

Each boarding house is managed by a Housemaster, an Assistant Housemaster, and other members of staff who are either academic staff members or resident tutors who are senior students at university. All boarding staff members are resident in the boarding houses, and are easily accessible to the boys. Boarding is very much a “home away from home” atmosphere. In keeping with the College’s pastoral philosophy of ensuring that every boy is “known and loved”, staff members take an active interest in every boy.

The typical day is well-structured, with sport and activities in the afternoon, followed by dinner and compulsory, supervised prep sessions for homework. Bedtimes range from 21h30 to 22h30 depending on the seniority of the boy.

A fully equipped sanatorium staffed by a qualified nursing sister is available at all times. The school doctor visits the school every morning.

Boys eat communally in the dining hall and catering is provided by the College’s in-house caterers. The meals on offer are continually evaluated by a committee of staff and boys for quantity and quality.

Most Saturdays are occupied with school sport. Pupils are free to relax, arrange outings or participate in a variety of school activities which take place over weekends. All boarders attend the evening service in the Chapel on a Sunday.