Day & Boarding Introduction
We are an HMC co-educational day and boarding school located in rural Cambridgeshire, close to the borders of Befordshire and Northamptonshire, and within easy reach of Hertfordshire and north London. Many of our children live in these counties and use our daily bus service to travel to and from school. Others come from further afield - we currently have over 30 nationalities represented amongst our pupils and staff - and choose from our range of flexible boarding options.
Boarding starts at age 11. Our day and boarding pupils are fully integrated through our House system and our boarders enjoy a wide variety of after-school and weekend activities, some of which are also available to day pupils. Many of our day pupils choose to stay in the boarding houses on either a regular or occasional basis, subject to availability.
The School Day
At the Prep School, the day starts with registration at 08:50 for all boys and girls and ends at 15:30 for the Lower Prep and 15:50 for the Upper Prep. There are many opportunities to extend the School day both before and after these core hours, through a wide range of activities, supervised homework sessions and Kim Club. View the structure of the Prep School day.
The Senior School day starts at 08:40 with registration and finishes at 16:20. Outside of these hours, pupils may join our boarders for breakfast or tea. We also provide supervised homework sessions and a variety of after-school activities for pupils to pursue. View the structure of the Senior School day.
Boarding at Kimbolton is a rich and rewarding experience within our close-knit school and village communities. We offer the security of living in a friendly rural Cambridgeshire village, yet are within easy reach of London, and provide activities and trips every weekend to ensure that our boarders experience life beyond our gates. We offer boarding from age 11. As well as full boarding, when there is space we also offer weekly, flexi- and occasional boarding. Subject to a quick call beforehand, parents are always welcome to visit their children or take them for a short trip away.
Our boarding houses are located on Kimbolton village's historic and beautiful High Street in Cambridgeshire, and back onto the school grounds. The boys live in Kimbolton House while the girls are a few doors further along in White House. Both houses have a rich history and are full of character yet have modern facilities that meet the needs of today's teenagers.
There is a relaxed family atmosphere in both boarding houses. We encourage boarders to personalise their rooms and to treat the houses like home while respecting the needs of others. Younger boarders share rooms while older ones have study bedrooms more akin to university accommodation.
We have a team of boarding staff in each house who are always on hand to provide help and guidance. Our Health Centre provides medical back-up while our catering staff produce interesting, nutritional meals throughout the week. All of our boarders eat together in the Dining Room which reinforces their sense of community.
With our full programme of activities, nurturing environment and individual attention, our boarding houses provide a true home-from-home at an affordable price.
Boys: Kimbolton House Staff