Boarding School

As the leading international boarding school in Ireland, our vibrant boarding community lies at the heart of our school. Irish students seamlessly mix with a diverse community of students from around the world. Our boarders are able to live, work and socialise together, sharing all aspects of school and boarding life.

Villiers School is the only boarding school in Ireland authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at senior cycle, offering students the choice between national and international curriculum.

Boarding enables our students to gain individual autonomy while simultaneously learning to live and interact with others. Our aim is for our boarding graduates to complete their Villiers journey as young adults, who are confident in their ability to communicate readily and easily with those from different cultures and backgrounds. Boarding students are ready to take their place in an interconnected, globalised world.

Boarders appreciate what it means to be part of a highly supportive community and actively encourage each other to achieve their potential. Living and growing together, students understand how their actions affect others. They learn to be considerate and tolerant of different views as well as resilient to the challenges that life and learning can bring.

At Villiers, we are extremely proud of the rich cultural diversity of our boarding house, which, although predominately Irish, enjoys and celebrates the cultural richness of students from many nationalities, making us a great choice for boarding school in Ireland.

Villiers School is an affiliate member of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) 2020/2021. Find out more about the BSA here.

Boarding School Staff

  • Audrey Yeoman – Head of Boarding
  • Vivienne Long – Head of Boarding
  • Stephanie Collopy
  • Aamir Khan
  • Gerard Peña
  • Brian Sheehan
  • Deirdre O’Sullivan
  • Alice Marshall

Nursing Staff

  • Nurse Beverley Callendar
  • Nurse Barbara Fitzpatrick

Boarding School Life and Care for Students

The school is home to approximately 150 boarders, both boys and girls, aged between 12 and 18. The school is also home to our Headmistress, Ms. Storey, and her family, and our school Chaplain, Brother Graham Sawyer.  In addition to this, we have a full time boarding staff, who stay within the boarding houses. Under their expert care, pupils are encouraged to develop academically, socially and to participate in all aspects of their extracurricular life. Our school nurses are on hand to care for the pupils’ welfare and practical needs whilst in our care.

The Villiers boarding experience is further strengthened by unique teacher involvement in the care of our boarders. This enables the development of strong connections and understanding between staff and students.

This cohesive, family environment is fostered by the traditional system of in-house dining. The boarding community eat meals together three times a day. This provides a chance to chat about the latest events, relax with their friends and for staff to keep abreast of any concerns a student might have. Our school caterers are happy to provide tailored meals for those with specific dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, Halal and coeliac friendly options.

A sample lunch menu and dinner menu are available here.

The essence of Villiers is our inclusive family based community. We aim that students of all ages, boarders and day students alike, are thoroughly immersed in the Villiers family. We are wholeheartedly committed to providing a safe, caring, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. This is an environment where both individuality and community mindedness can flourish.

Boarding School Accommodation

In Villiers, we have four boarding houses, which house junior students and senior students.

  • Barrington House – Junior Boys
  • Lansdowne House – Senior Boys
  • Glendower House – Junior Girls
  • Riverview House – Senior Girls

Accommodation varies slightly in each dormitory, and typically boarders are accommodated within rooms that accommodate between 4-8 students. Typically, rooms are assigned by year group and gender, taking into account cultural and language diversity to ensure that English is the primary language spoken in the boarding house.

In 2020, Barrington House was extended and renovated. In 2021, refurbishments were completed in Lansdowne House, and part of Riverview House. Villiers is committed to continuous improvement of our boarding facilities, to ensure the most up-to-date facilities for our boarding students, in their home away from homeIn 2020, Barrington House was extended and renovated. In 2021, refurbishments were completed in Lansdowne House, and part of Riverview House.

Barrington House

Riverview House and Lansdowne House

Glendower House

Weekly, Fortnightly and 7-day Boarding School

The majority of our boarders are weekly boarders who reside in school from Sunday evenings to Friday afternoons, and return to their homes on weekends. Some students choose to become fortnightly boarders and remain in school every alternative weekend. This is particularly popular with senior cycle Irish students, and students travelling a farther distance to school.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, Villiers will also have a number of 7-day boarders, which is an option to students whose parents live overseas. The boarding house will close only for October Mid-Term Break, Christmas Holidays, February Mid-Term Break, Easter Holidays and Summer Holidays.

International students who choose weekly or fortnightly boarding options will stay with local host families at weekends when not in school. In this regard, we collaborate with a number of local guardianship providers.

Residential Weekends

During residential weekends at Villiers Boarding School in Ireland, it is important for students to strike a balance between rest and relaxation time, as well as structured and organized activities.

On Saturdays, students partake in their choice of activity, most recently these have included cookery, yoga, craft metalwork, hockey and fencing.  Saturday afternoons give students an opportunity to have some free time, during which they can sign out from school and experience the local area. Supervised study is also available on Saturdays for senior students.

On Sundays, the students are taken on an excursion outside of the school. Over the course of an academic year we aim to visit a mix of cultural and historical sites, as well as introducing the students to various outdoor pursuits. Some recent excursions have included historical walking tours, kayaking, bowling, cinema, surfing, hiking, biking, paintball, and more.

More information about day to day boarding life can be found in our Boarding Handbook.

Day Boarding

Day boarding is also a popular option with students living in the locality and many chose to spend their waking hours in Villiers, engaging in all the routines and activities of the boarders, but sleeping at home with their families. Find out more about day boarding here.