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5 & 7-Day Boarding

The King’s Hospital is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading boarding schools and facilities for those living away from home are constantly upgraded to ensure a comfortable, healthy, welcoming and inclusive environment.

The supportive atmosphere that exists amongst the whole school community stems from the fact that 50% of the staff actually live on the campus, some with their families, and interact with the pupils 7 days a week offering ongoing pastoral, academic and cultural support to all.

While many domestic and International pupils enjoy full time 7-day boarding, a 5-day boarding option is also available to pupils domiciled in Ireland. Self-contained units of six, four and two-bedded rooms - with en-suite bathrooms throughout all age groups - provide privacy and flexibility in the boarding accommodation. 5-day boarding students can leave the school after sports on Friday and must return on Sunday evening by 8.30pm. The school is conveniently located for many transport options including; regional buses stopping at Liffey Valley S.C and the Lucan Spa Hotel, Heuston Station a 15 minute bus or taxi ride, proximity to  N4 and M50 motorways. For an additional cost transport can be arranged to the train and bus stations.

Final year pupils share twin study-bedrooms in a separate senior building – called Bluecoat House – to encourage self-discipline and self-reliance and to further develop the academic and social skills required for their move from secondary school to third level education. Housepersons live in close proximity to each boarding house and are readily available to pupils and their parents.

Click here for a typical weekday and weekend boarding schedule.

Weekend Boarding Programme

Our 7-day boarders enjoy a vibrant and well-organised weekend program. This includes the Saturday Morning Programme; knowledge-based classes taught by lecturers from the gifted programme at Dublin City University and Fitness Classes taught by trained Sports Instructors.

There are also supervised sports, social activities, including the popular Sunday baking club, and off-campus cultural and shopping trips on both Saturday and Sundays.

There is plenty of supervised study, when the pupil requires it, but we believe it is vitally important, after a busy week of sports and academics, to also have some down time to relax and socialise with your fellow classmates.

Going forward The weekend programme will be announced each week via the school email system and it will be publish on the weekend notice board. Pupils can sign up for activities directly with myself or via the online form contained in the weekly email. If you would like to receive this email as well please sign up here - Parents Information Weekend Programme.

So that your son/daughter can plan their weekends I’ve included a programme of all major activities and trips planned for the remainder of the year. Some trips incur an additional cost. If you wish to sign your son/daughter up for any of these trips please fill in the form. Payment options will be included Weekend Activities Sign UP







Sunday 12th March


Jump Zone



Saturday 25th March


All Shock Up - Musical



Saturday 1st April


Bulters Chocolate Factory Tour



Sunday 2nd April




All Day

Saturday 29th April


Curious Incident of the dog in the night - Play



Friday 5th May - Sunday 7th May

Weekend Away

Northern Ireland Weekend trip (Belfast and Giants Causway)


All Weekend

Sunday 21st May


Cliffs of Moher Trip


All Day

Saturday 27th May


Guinness Pro 12 Final Rugby



Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions at all.

>Sarah Bill Weekend Programme Coordinator

Boarding Bursary

The King's Hospital Charter Bursary offers additional support to Irish-domiciled boarding pupils and their boarding siblings who are in receipt of SEC Grants and is reviewed regularly to ensure broadest support for pupils who wish to attend as boarders.