A school where you belong

Boys on sports fields

Boarding lies at the heart of our school, building a unique sense of community and enhancing much of what makes Casterton, Sedbergh Prep a great place to learn. The boarding houses play a key role in developing the school's strong sense of family values, encouraging our children to harmoniously live and work together, build friendships and develop their independence.

The boarding community is diverse, with a healthy mix of different nationalities, personalities and boys and girls. Outside of the School day, our boarders' time is productive, with supervised homework and a wide range of activities offered every evening, for all interests, such as art, fives, climbing, dance, football and home spa. We are blessed by natural surroundings, and our boarders take full advantage of them. Weekend boarding adventures are offered every Sunday and include fell walks, climbing, navigation exercises and shelter-building. To exercise boarders’ minds, a series of house lectures are run each term.  To date, we have enjoyed talks by Alastair Hignell (Rugby International, Cricketer and former-BBC Rugby Commentator); Mike Hurst (‘The Springfields’ and Music Producer) and Lord Butler of Brockwell to name but a few.

Houseparents and staff are on hand around the clock, providing a happy home-like environment for our boarders. All of our Houseparents have their own families and this helps to contribute to the family feel of our boarding community.

All of our children genuinely flourish in our beautiful surroundings and they are offered the attention, care and guidance that will allow them to develop as young people. It is no coincidence that our House boards boast the names of numerous scholars and internationally recognised sportsmen and musicians.

We recognise every child is different and some will be ready for boarding at different times in their lives, starting from Year 3, while some will choose to remain as a day pupil throughout their time at the Prep School. In this regard, we offer a range of different boarding options in both the girls’ and boys’ houses, including full, weekly, tri (where children stay three nights a week) and flexi boarding (where children can stay on a flexible basis).

You can find out more about the boarders' daily routine including information on food and communication with home on the page 'A Typical Day'.


Boarding at Sedbergh Preparatory School is based on the principle that the House should act as an extension of the child’s family. The Houses have a warm and welcoming atmosphere which provides a happy and structured environment for boarders. The behaviour of both children and staff is based upon kindness, tolerance and respect.

Boarding gives children a chance to make even greater use of the School’s extensive facilities and beautiful location. A busy and fun-filled activity programme throughout the whole week gives boarders time to enjoy each other’s company and build relationships that will stand the test of time.

To find out more information about boarding at Sedbergh Prep School, available to children from age 7 to 13, please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

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What can I say about boarding? Well we are just one big family! It is just like living at home but with your friends, and it is far more exciting!
Emilia, Year 8

It really is like a big sleepover with all your best friends, but I get to live with them every day. We have busy timetables in the evening as well as during the day so I am never bored.
Max, Year 7

Right from the off, the school and the staff are very welcoming and warm...You feel at a deep level that, unquestionably, your child will be looked after.

I love boarding, I enjoy the way it works. It feels like my second home because of all the facilities we have in house. We do so many evening activities and we also get free time after that to relax so you get the best of both worlds really.
Arthur, Year 8

My cub, in your pack will grow to be an amazing wolf; in your setting he will thrive.