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Boarding Life

Boarding Life

The boarding pupils enjoy a vibrant and homely atmosphere within the boarding house and live in modern and comfortable rooms shared by a maximum of seven pupils. There are eleven rooms altogether all named after famous Scottish Castles.

Each girl or boy has his or her own cabin bed, which they can decorate and fill with their own things to create a real home-from-home atmosphere.

There is a dedicated team of staff to care for the boarders and a carefully programmed structure of activities and opportunities to enjoy in the evenings and weekends.  The House Staff team comprises of  the resident Head of the Junior School, the Pastoral Co-ordinator (also resident), Matrons and Junior School Assistant.

We offer full boarding, weekly boarding and flexi-boarding.

Weekly Boarding

Weekly boarding runs from 7.00 pm on a Sunday evening until Friday at 5.35 pm.  Weekly boarders in Year 8 may board on Friday night before departing at 12.35 pm on Saturday after morning lessons.

Flexi Boarding

Flexi-boarding allows parents to reserve a boarding place, if available, for a specific night or nights each week throughout the term.  This is a good way to enable pupils to sample boarding life.

Life for boarders is full, during and outside Term time.  Typical weekend activities for boarders include

During summer, children can enjoy the weekends and long evenings practising summer sports, riding bicycles or playing outdoors.

English as an Additional Language

Aberlour House has a long tradition of welcoming children from all over the world.

Some, for whom English is not their first language, can benefit from dedicated teaching of English as an Additional Language if they wish.

Equally, they learn from joining in with the many activities – academic, artistic, cultural and sporting – which are part of life at Aberlour House.

Travel Arrangements

The School’s  Travel Office can help organise travel by air and rail between the North of Scotland and various destinations in the UK and abroad.  Pupils travelling to airports or rail stations will be accompanied by members of staff.  Any pupils travelling by plane will require to have Unaccompanied Minor Status.


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