Benefits of Boarding

Boarders have access to a glorious campus that offers a wide range of sporting facilities and peaceful outdoor settings. Opportunities abound: cricket, football, hockey, basketball, swimming, tennis, squash and horse riding. In pursuing healthy interests a boy works and plays as part of a team, making life-long friendships and gaining a true sense of what it is to be an Aitchisonian. The campus also has many beautiful outdoor locations beside playing fields and in the forecourt of houses where boys gather to chat, read a book, or simply relax.

A formal breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken in the Mess during the school week. Weekends are slightly more relaxed. The College has its own canteen and the famous ‘Deans’ where hotdogs and fruit cups are always favourites after school and on weekends. The College has its own general store, hairdresser, tailor, mail facility, and ATM.

Senior boys share spacious rooms with adjoining bathrooms. A bed, desk, light, draws and secure locker are provided. Junior boys share dormitories with larger adjoining bathroom facilities. Each house has a comfortable TV and film room.

Prep sessions in the evening are supported by residential teaching staff. This means boarders have access to specialist subject help throughout the school week. There is no need for external tutors. Senior boys have access to the internet for study during most of the day and evening. There are strict rules on internet usage, which is monitored. Each house has PCs and a printer to assist with studies. Mobile phones are permitted for seniors, but may not be used after lights out.

Boarding at Aitchison develops each boy’s independence and creates a network of close friends in a secure, safe and positive environment. The College regularly supports the development of boys with helpful contributions from senior staff, visiting experts and the College doctor. The health and well-being or our boarders is top priority. Boys attend prayers at the College mosque.

The College hospital is open 24 hours and we have our own doctors on campus, and ambulance. Treatment for minor illnesses and ‘scrapes’ are treated at school. Anything more serious is referred to the local general hospital.