At King’s College the boarding houses are a vital base for each pupil. It is where they work, sleep and play: somewhere that provides a family atmosphere in new surroundings. It’s much more than a place to hang their coat – it offers individual personal space to day and boarding pupils alike. The boarding experience allows pupils to express their own individuality and personality whilst showing kindness and tolerance to others.
There are seven boarding houses at King’s College (4 for boys and 3 for girls) and each has its own distinct charity, social and cultural events such as formal dinner dances, concerts and theatrical shows. There are regular inter-house events too!
In each house, there is a common room where pupils can relax, chat to friends or watch a film, along with kitchen areas to make drinks and light snacks.
Bedroom sizes vary, but on average there are four pupils sharing a dormitory in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Form.
In the Lower 6th (L6th) pupils usually share double study bedrooms and in the Upper 6th (U6th) each pupil has a single study bedroom (space permitting). They are encouraged to ‘decorate’ their studies and bedrooms to make them feel homely.
Each house has a Housemaster or House mistress, along with a friendly Matron, helping to keep pupils organised and tidy, offering a friendly ear, and providing a wealth of very useful information.
At King’s College normal lessons take place on a Saturday morning and are followed by sports matches in the afternoon. On Sundays, houses often arrange activities. Recent events include: horse riding, paint-balling, trips to the beach, shopping in Exeter and Bristol, barbecues, visits to local caves, outdoor adventure courses and regular visits to the cinema.
Throughout the year cultural trips and events are organised for international pupils. International Celebrations:
Chinese New Year
Nigerian Independence Day 1 October
National Day of Germany 3 October
National Day of Spain 12 October
National Day of Kenya 12 December
Indian Republic Day 26 January
South Africa Freedom Day 27 April
National Day of Norway 17 May
Pupils are encouraged to lead an assembly to share information about their national days. To mark these celebrations, the catering department at King’s cook traditional dishes and the flag of each country is flown in the front square.
New days are added each year to embrace the wide variety of nationalities at King’s. Trips are also arranged specifically for international pupils to attend each term, these may be to a place of cultural or historical interest.