The boarding ethos and structures of King’s College are of tremendous value, we believe, to our day pupils. They benefit from a great deal that boarding has to offer – a base within the school, long days which allow time for a variety of activities, a close circle of friends – and indeed the only difference between our day and boarding pupils is that the latter spend the night with us while the former do not.
Our day pupils are wholly integrated into the boarding set up, with all the pastoral and social benefits that brings. They are also able to board on one night per week, free of charges. Further nights are available for a “bed and breakfast” fee when needed.
Our days are long – ending at 6pm. But by then our day pupils will have attended lessons, activities and sports practices. Many will have found time to complete much of their homework. Day pupils are welcome to stay for supper (at no extra charge) and for study time in the evenings. There are often lectures and academic society meetings in the evenings, which day pupils can attend. We also have Saturday morning lessons, after which most pupils are involved in sports fixtures. We run an exciting programme of Sunday activities, aimed primarily at the boarders, but which are also available to day pupils.
We believe the benefits to day pupils of living and working in a well-established, close-knit community, which is alive and active all day and all week, are huge. We offer so much more than an 8am to 4pm day school. We are not perpetually rushing to get through the day and our pupils onto the buses. The pace is humane and the quality of the experience so much richer.