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Huish Boarding

We are members of Boarding Schools Association (BSA) State Boarding Forum and one of the only state Sixth Form Colleges in the UK that offers student accommodation; our outstanding educational reputation sees us welcome students from all across the UK, Europe and Internationally.

The boarding house means the College can offer choice and flexibility to pupils and their parents – essentially offering an independent school sixth form experience at a fraction of the cost.

We offer both flexi-boarding and full time boarding in Oak House, our student accommodation, just a short walk from the College campus.

Choosing to board full time, perhaps for the first time, may seem daunting but you’ll get the chance to mix with a diverse new range of people, surrounded by plenty of support as you prepare for a future of independent living. Our aim as a Sixth Form College is to equip you with the skills to confidently navigate adulthood when you progress on from College and those who stay with us often find the move to university less of a leap.

Flexi-boarding (short stays of one to a few nights a week) can also be a great option for some. You may want to consider flexi-boarding if;

  • you have sporting commitments, such as evening matches or training
  • you have after college enrichment
  • you have a long commute
  • you want a taste of living away from home and making new friends.

Where desired we can also offer Homestay with a local family. All our host families will have Criminal Record Checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and will regard you as a member of their household during your time at Huish.

Find out more about life at Oak House


Maria SmithMaria Smith – International Student and Accommodation Co-ordinator
Maria will be your first point of contact during your application to board, she will assist you with the admission process and help you settle in to life at Huish. If you are joining Huish from outside the UK she will also be able to help you with any additional questions you may have about moving to the UK.

Kerry MaxwellKerry Starmer – Boarding House Manager
Kerry lives in Oak House, our student accommodation. Kerry lives with her partner and dalmatian puppy. She is here to make your stay feel safe and as much like home as possible.

Susan DraycottSusan Draycott– Houseparent
Susan is the Houseparent at Oak House. Her role is to support and encourage students to be responsible and independent in their living environment.

Louise HarveyLou Harvey – House Keeper
Lou is our Oak House resident Housekeeper. A friendly face who will maintain the high standards of cleanliness that we expect in Oak House.

James Lindsey WhiteJames Lindsey-White – Huish Estates Team
James is a key member of the Oak House team. He ensures that the house is kept in full working order.




Map of the South WestThe College is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre. Taunton is located in the rural county of Somerset, the gateway to the beautiful South West of England.

Taunton is the county town of Somerset and is an important centre for leisure and tourism. It is one of the most beautiful parts of England. The Quantocks and Exmoor are great places for walking and cycling. Taunton is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there is a fantastic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities in the town centre and surrounding business parks.

Taunton is two hours from London and a short train ride from the local university cities of Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Bath, seventeen miles from the Bristol Channel and thirty miles from the South Coast and local beaches. The town has a number of cultural venues which the College makes use of such as The Brewhouse Theatre and Somerset County Cricket Club.


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Oak House is closed during Christmas and the summer holidays. If you are not returning home for these holidays then you will need to make alternative arrangements.

Aegis is an independent body offering Guardianship accreditation in the UK. Please refer to their website for a list of accredited Guardianship companies in the UK.

Download our Boarding brochure


Please view our Boarding brochure for our Payment Terms and Conditions and room options.

For more information about fees, availability or to arrange a tour of our boarding facilities, please contact Maria Smith, Accommodation Co-ordinator at

To apply for accommodation please complete our Huish Boarding Registration Form 2022-23 and send this to

Please also read our Statement of Boarding Aims and Values (Oak House) or Statement of Homestay Accommodation Aims and Values.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Oak House family!

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