Boarding and Day

Boarding and Day

Boarding and Houses

Fundamental to our community at St Columba's is our commitment to full boarding. We do have local day pupils, but about 80% of our pupils are seven-day boarders. Visitors are quickly struck by the friendly atmosphere between staff and pupils, and among pupils themselves, and our small size ensures that all members of the College are known to each other.

The House system fosters a special sense of community. Each pupil is placed in one of eight houses: Glen, Grange, Gwynn or Stackallan for senior boys, Hollypark or Iona for senior girls, Beresford for junior girls, and Tibradden for junior boys. The size of house ranges from 20 to 60 pupils. A Housemaster or Housemistress, assisted by at least one resident member of staff, is in charge of each house, and acts in loco parentis in every aspect of the children's welfare throughout their time at the College. Housemasters and Housemistresses know the pupils in their houses very well, and are usually the main point of contact between parents and the College.

Tibradden and Beresford occupy separate buildings in the centre of the College. Like the senior houses each has its own living and sleeping quarters and routine. Older boys and girls, selected by the house staff, help to provide an existence more structured and more protected than that of the rest of the school.


Day pupils and day boarders are integrated into the different houses and participate fully in the life of the community (day boarders remain at school until the end of the evening study, and day pupils go home at about 5.30 pm). Many pupils who begin their time at the College as day pupils enjoy life here so much that they move in to board at a later date.