Boarding at Columba College is about belonging to a caring and supportive community in which students develop skills that stand them in good stead throughout their lives.  Life-long friendships are formed, tolerance and respect for others are enhanced through the experience of living in a community, and independence and personal organisation are fostered.

We recognise that having a daughter at boarding-school is a partnership with parents, and the House staff work with parents to ensure that the boarding experience is a happy and positive one in which the girls mature into confident, independent young women.

Girls in Years 7 to 13 may board at the College. The Boarding establishment, known to generations of girls as "The House", is on the main school campus and is therefore an integral part of the College.

Living on the school campus allows the boarders to use many of the school facilities such as the Sports Centre, tennis courts, music and art rooms at weekends and after school.

Weekly boarding (five days’ residence) is available as well as full boarding, with short-term stays also possible for day students.

Parents are welcome visitors, and boarders are able to obtain leave for a wide variety of purposes.

There are two boarding residences, the historic Bishopscourt and the more modern Katharine Buchan House built in the 1960's. These two residences accommodate up to 125 girls.

Boarders have breakfast and dine together in the traditional panelled dining-room in Bishopscourt but on school-days they share their dining-room and the Recreation Room with day girls, having prepared a packed lunch at breakfast time or being served a hot lunch two days a week.  This enables them to socialise with day girls and also to have the time to attend lunch-hour activities.

When in residence, boarders attend Church on Sundays at Highgate Presbyterian Church for half a term and for the other half at B@tCH (Breakfast at Coronation Hall), a more informal style of worship, or a Church of their own denomination.

Click here to see the Columba Boarding Flyer.


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Boarders at a rowing regatta