We offer flexi-boarding at Copthorne Prep. That means you can stay for just one night or for the whole week (Monday to Thursday). Currently we don’t offer weekend boarding, but we’re reactive to our parents’ needs so let us know if that’s something you’d be interested in.  

Boarding is run by Mr and Mrs Lee, our houseparents. Mrs Lee has been at Copthorne Prep for over 20 years and is currently the director of wellbeing, head of boarding and a maths teacher. Mr Lee teaches forest schools and outdoor education. Our houseparents look after anyone who chooses to board with us, making sure everyone has a fun and memorable time.  

Our boarding house provides a secure and familiar environment to enjoy being with friends, the ability to do homework under supervision and make use of the school facilities for evening activities. We currently have space for 12 boys and 10 girls across four dorms. Our boarders also have their own cosy sitting room where they all meet to spend time with each other in the evening. 

We asked Mrs Lee, to answer a few frequently asked questions for us:

Why board?

Why not board?! Whether you’re preparing for boarding at your secondary school, you want to spend a fun night with your friends, or as a parent you’re looking for childcare due to your own work or social plans, boarding at Copthorne has you covered.

What are the benefits of boarding?

Boarding is loads of fun! Other benefits include learning to get on with others in a relaxed way, outside of the classroom. Experiencing activity nights, trying new things and gaining independence. All in a safe and supervised environment.

What does flexi-boarding mean?

Flexible means that you can decide when you want to board, and how long for. You can book up to the day before and for as many nights as you want. But be quick, “activity nights” book up very quickly!

How much does it cost? And how do the logistics work?

Boarding costs £35 per night. All you need to do is contact Mrs Lee on to book your place.

Describe a typical evening?

An evening starts with tea at 5.20pm, then a supervised Prep session followed by a fun activity such as swimming, playing in the Sports Hall, a film. After this our boarders enjoy a lovely hot chocolate and biscuit and bed.

How do parents keep in touch with boarders?

If pupils are staying for one night we ask them not to bring in mobile phones, they can use the boarding phone should they need to make a call. If Parents wish to contact their child they can call our boarding phone (Mrs Lee will share this number with your booking confirmation). If pupils are staying for more than a few nights they can bring in mobile phones. Duty staff will keep these safe until the boarder needs to use it.

For more information, please contact Mrs Lee on

Scroll through the photos recently taken by Mrs Lee capturing the many activities our flexi-boarders get up to


You can also access our boarding handbook by clicking the image below:


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