A Home-From-Home

Boarding at Chigwell is rather different from the traditional model of an English boarding school. We specialise in helping international students adapt happily and securely to living and studying in the UK, and preparing them for successful entry into British universities.

Quintessentially British Setting

Our small, friendly international boarding houses provide a secure base for students from different countries to play a full part in an English school.

Here, we create a friendly and supportive home-from-home for 28 sixth-form international students living on campus.

The students live in four extended family-style houses (two for girls and two for boys) and in each house students of different nationalities live together with their house parents who are experienced teachers and academic staff, and their families.

Our Boarders

Hear from Liza and Clyde below on why they chose Chigwell, how they have settled in, their experiences, and favourite aspects while at the school.

Our Campus

Uniquely positioned, our school benefits from the leafy surroundings of Epping Forest while being on the Central Line Tube for easy access to the City of London in around 35/40 minutes. An enchanting vista through the treeline offers stunning views of the City of London skyline - providing a glimpse into the window of opportunities for our students.

Pastoral Support and Wellbeing

We are here in "loco parentis": that is, in the place of parents, and look after the boarders at all times outside the school day; to help and advise, and take care of the safety and welfare of the students.

Boarders here benefit from a dual pastoral support system, where they are also members of our ‘day houses’, in which they are part of our local student community.

With the recent appointment of our new Head of Wellbeing, we have further enhanced our individualised support for our pupils, enabling them to thrive and embrace all the available opportunities as well as face the pressures of the 21st century.

Cultural Diversity

We value very much the different insights that individuals coming from other countries bring to our school and are committed to the sharing of these insights, and to a genuine cultural exchange for the benefit of all our pupils. The resulting mix is usually very stimulating intellectually and with close friendships formed across cultural and language barriers.

Boarding at Chigwell is therefore a mature community where independence and personal responsibility are valued and encouraged in all students, so that by the time they leave us they are prepared for the adult world of university and beyond.

Contact the Director of Boarding

Mrs Amanda Goddard, Director of Boarding

A mature community where independence and personal responsibility are valued and encouraged in all students

Mrs Amanda Goddard, Director of Boarding

Useful Links

Sixth Form

Dedicated Sixth Form Centre and Facilities.


A 100 acre (40 hectare) site, 20/25 minutes from the City of London.

Social Activities

From making new local friends to exploring the Capital's cultural scene.

Contact Us

We would be delighted to hear from you and let you know about our Sixth Form and unique Boarding Houses.

Make an Enquiry

Please contact Miss Roxanne Darkin for all Boarding Admissions questions.