Boarding is a way of life at Ockbrook School. Our students live and share as part of a multicultural community – from Europe, Africa and Asia – and  develop friendships that last a lifetime. Our boarders learn independence, time-management skills and responsibility and, with guidance and support from houseparents, they learn how to balance academic work with social  time.

In response to the challenges of increasingly busy family lives, Ockbrook’s boarding provides a flexible and caring second home. Students are able to board weekly or full boarding seven nights per week during term time. We also offer casual boarding on a pay as you go basis.

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Our boarding accommodation provides small, comfortable and happy homes. The houses are happy, comfortable places, set in a stunning, secure rural location in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Boarding students are accommodated in three buildings: Liley House, Broadstairs and Mews Cottage, all of which are situated within our  school grounds.

Broadstairs accommodates up to 20 students from Year 7. Mews Cottage has room for up to 15.  Liley House provides accommodation for up to 16 students.

All boarding houses are well equipped with communal rooms for relaxing and socialising. Large screen TVs and DVD players, alongside comfy seats and sofas and books offer space and activities to unwind with friends.

Kitchens are equipped with large fridge freezers, cookers and microwaves.  Students are provided with lockers to store personal food items and have opportunities to cook for themselves and friends at weekends, with a variety of cuisines being sampled regularly.

Each boarding house also has its own internet line, with filtered Wi-Fi available in each room, to assist with study and provide additional methods of keeping in touch with home, from email to Skype and messaging.




Boarding in Ockbrook’s Sixth Form is the ideal preparation for life in the wider world. As a transition from school to Higher Education e.g. university, boarding helps young people to adjust to the challenges of living away from home and to develop independence and the social skills necessary for communal living.

Sixth Form boarding students enjoy and are encouraged to take a more active part in the boarding house, such as taking on the role of the Student Head or Student Deputy Head of Boarding. Boarders also benefit academically by enjoying extended access to the school resources and facilities in the evenings and at the weekend.

We are also very proud of the number of our overseas boarding students who are offered places at prestigious UK universities.


Boarders at Ockbrook School enjoy the best of both worlds – city and country.  Our wonderful rural campus is both inspiring and a great place to relax. Plus we’re located close to the cities of Nottingham and Derby, so there’s quite a cosmopolitan flavour to many of the activities which they experience.

There’s a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for the Students to enjoy at lunchtime, after school and at the weekends. Each weekend we have a variety of activities on offer, from sports on site, to ice skating, tobogganing and bowling, plus trips to places of interest from shopping to safari parks, and the illuminations and fireworks at nearby Matlock Bath.

We cater for all tastes, visiting art galleries, museums and English heritage sites, as well as an annual trip to the pantomime and a popular trip to Cadbury


Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report
Independent Schools’ Inspectorate
January 2016

Please click on the link below to access the whole report.

Ockbrook School Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report


If you like the sound of boarding at Ockbrok School, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us via telephone or email, or complete the form below and we will contact you.

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Ockbrook School is located half way between Nottingham and Derby, just off Junction 25 of the M1. Our closest airport is East Midlands International
Airport. Major railway connections are close by, in Nottingham and Derby.