Royal Alexandra and Albert School is the only state school in the country to offer boarding for Years 3-6. With an average of 70 junior boarders together with 80 local Flexi Boarders we have a vibrant community offering excellent education combined with unrivalled pastoral care.

The character of the school is determined by the need to offer round-the-clock care and activities to the boarding community. Therefore, those children who are not boarders join the School as Flexi Boarders and enjoy after-school activities and supervised prep (homework) alongside their boarding peers. As a result, there is a harmonious atmosphere in the Junior Department and high levels of participation in all co-curricular activities including music, sport and theatrical productions.

To help pupils who join the school in Year 3 settle in to their new environment quickly and comfortably, the Junior School has made special arrangements to provide them with further support:

  • Pupils in Year 3 receive specialist swimming lessons  to assess and develop their swimming abilities before they join the rest of the Junior School in swimming activities.
  • Year 3s also have breakfast in their Boarding House rather than in the Dining Hall, to ensure that they gradually become more comfortable and confident with the School's daily routine. 

There is high demand for places in the Junior Department and most pupils progress automatically to the Senior School in Year 7.

In March 2014, some of our Year 6 pupils made a video which gives an informal view of the Junior Department.  The official school video and other videos made by the School are on the School Video page.