Boarding at Malvern College

Explore boarding life at Malvern College

Boarding at Malvern is truly transformational and the House system is central to all we do, perfectly catering for those families who are looking for a top boarding school and providing pupils with the opportunity to make the most of everything the College offers.

With the support of our dedicated, caring pastoral staff, we create a home-from-home environment in which friends for life are made. We know that all our pupils are individuals, so our highest priority is to ensure the wellbeing and happiness of each pupil as we help them reach their own full potential.

A flexible approach to boarding

Malvern College has a full boarding community: 75% of our pupils are boarders, meaning a busy and lively campus even on weekends, but our day-boarding and day pupils don’t miss out. All pupils are a member of a House, which becomes their home while they are on campus.

We offer three boarding and day options to suit all families and their changing lifestyles – full boarding, day-boarding and day.

The Malvern Houses

We have 11 Houses (six for boys, five for girls), each of which provides our pupils with a family base during their time at Malvern College. All our boarding houses are carefully balanced to ensure that we have a mix of young people from all over the world with a variety of hobbies, interests and skill sets across all the year groups.

Each House becomes like family, with pupils across all the year groups looking out for each other and pitching in to help.

House Spirit

Pupils develop a tremendous affection and fierce loyalty for their Houses, resulting in hotly contested inter-House competitions and a lot of fun. Your child will be cared for by a dedicated Housemaster or Housemistress and an experienced team of resident and non-resident House staff. Our Buddy system and Peer Mentors in each House provide support and encourage new pupils so they settle quickly and integrate into school life.

All Houses have their own pupil kitchens and recreation rooms with extra facilities like Steinway pianos, comfortable sofas and outdoor spaces.

Most boarding schools with dorms follow the same model as Malvern College. Younger years are in the bigger rooms, while pupils in the Sixth Form usually have private rooms.

House Life

All Houses are extremely active. Pupils produce plays, have singing competitions, forge debating teams and compete in the many and varied inter-House sporting events. There are also a variety of House outings, from paintballing to theatre trips and ice-skating, as well as the opportunity to relax in the House and enjoy activities like baking, movie nights and arts and crafts.