At The Hammond, we support a thriving boarding community that enables boarders to experience a home from home environment whilst following academic and vocational training of the highest quality in dance, drama and music.


Boarders are nurtured to develop their individual talents and personalities. Staff and students live together with respect, understanding, friendship and acceptance, which develops self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.


Our boarders thrive in our supportive and friendly boarding community. During the day, students are educated and trained to the highest standards and boarding life complements these efforts by allowing students to develop culturally, morally and socially, whilst adopting the healthy values of honesty, courage, equality and fellowship.


Key life skills are learnt in our boarding community. These include communication, teamwork, confidence, leadership, responsibility, tolerance, self-management, time keeping and resilience. These skills and values are developed through a wide range of activities and experiences under the supervision of our experienced boarding staff team.


All boarders are treated equally; and The Hammond is committed to ensuring all young people are supported. Boarders will never be discriminated against; their cultural background, linguistic background, special educational needs, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, academic or sporting ability will never prevent full access to the experience of boarding.




Our boarding houses are run by a professional team who strive to provide a warm and homely environment for all boarding students. All staff are continuously updating their training with the Boarding School Association and other recognised training agencies. All are trained in the safeguarding of children and first aid. Senior house staff are also qualified in Boarding Management.


John Milton Hall is accommodation comprising 65 study bedrooms. Each of the rooms is equipped with en suite facilities. John Milton Hall is equipped with refurbished kitchens on each floor. John Milton Hall is situated off Liverpool Road and is a five-minute walk away from the city centre.


Kingsley Lodge is located on Liverpool Road and is a 10-minute walk away from the city centre. Kingsley Lodge houses 35 students with a wide variety of room types available. Kingsley Lodge has a mixture of single standard and en suite rooms. Kingsley Lodge has a large communal area and students have access to a large shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. 


We currently have pupils from around the world as part of our boarding community and welcome a small number in each year group, ensuring pupils integrate and make the most of the opportunity to live alongside pupils from different backgrounds and cultures. 

Every pupil whose home is overseas or whose parents currently live or are posted abroad must have a nominated guardian for the duration of their stay at Haberdashers’ Adams. This guardian must be resident in the UK and, ideally, within a reasonable journey of the school.

In the event of an emergency, the guardian will be the first point of contact. Parents will, of course, also be contacted, but the guardian will act in their absence ‘in loco parentis’ which will include attending school meetings and parents evenings.


All of the activities each week are photographed and published on the boarding blog which can be found here: