The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is primarily a boarding school with over 450 pupils boarding at the school, out of a total of around a thousand pupils. Set in 260 acres of glorious parkland, the boarding school is an ideal location for young people to live and learn.
There are eight senior boarding houses and one junior boarding house. The boarding houses are mostly purpose-built and provide a secure and welcoming place to live, work and play. In September 2010 annexes were built on two of the senior boarding houses and each includes 21 en-suite study bedrooms for Sixth Formers. Two more Sixth Form boarding annexes were completed for Cornwall House and Gloucester House in 2015.
Full boarders live at the School during term time. After Saturday lessons there is the option to go home for the weekend and around half our boarders take this option. They return on Sunday evening ready and rested for lessons on Monday morning.
At this boarding school, our local pupils, except in the Sixth Form, are 'Flexi Boarders' who stay for an extended day, often from before breakfast until after the evening meal. They spend their non-school time in the same houses as the boarding pupils so there is no 'them and us' between the two groups of children. They are at all times an integral part of the boarding school community, eating together, doing prep and taking part in the activities which are an essential component of Boarding School life. They sleep at school for between seven and ten nights each year and further nights can be available subject to availability.
Flexi Boarding is a growing phenomenon in UK boarding schools because it meets the needs of children and parents and it is the term used in Ofsted to refer to boarders who are not full time boarders