Boarding at ACS
Part of ACS International Schools, London, England
Boarding at ACS
Experience the difference
A home away
ACS Cobham's boarding house is Europe's premier school residency offering both the
prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and US College Board Advanced
Placement (AP) courses. Located at the heart of our magnificent 128-acre Surrey campus,
and only 30 minutes from one of the world’s great capitals, London, our secure separate
wing accommodation is home to boys and girls aged 12 to 18.
Every ACS boarding student is assigned a
resident teacher/supervisor who will
promote their independent learning skills,
monitor and guide each student’s academic
progress, and deal promptly and
sympathetically with any personal situation
that may arise. There are also school
Counsellors and a campus Nurse, plus six
resident House Parents, including the Head
of Boarding, Ryn Brandse, and his wife Ann.
Head of Boarding Ryn Brandse, and his wife Ann,
together have nearly 40 years’ experience at ACS
Success through teamwork
As part of an increasingly mobile world
society, the ACS boarding house has
established itself as a genuine champion of
internationalism, with students
representing more than 30 nationalities.
We are proud of our multicultural identity,
and celebrate the things that make us
different as an integral part of boarding life.
All our students are aware that they are
respected as individuals, and our staff
actively support their personal, social and
educational development into responsible
The boarding house has separate wing
accommodation for boys and girls. All
student rooms are ergonomically designed
for two, with an en-suite bathroom,
telephone and individual study desks with
wireless internet access throughout the
building. All students have use of the
community lounges, games rooms, a
boarders’ dining hall for breakfast and
dinner, and four student kitchenettes.
At lunch students use the school’s main
Food Court complex which serves a healthy
and nutritionally balanced diet that fully
embraces the international diversity
of our student body.
Exceptional campus recreational facilities
include soccer and rugby fields, softball and
baseball diamonds, an all-weather Olympicsized athletics track, six tennis courts, and a
six-hole golf course. In addition, boarders
also have use of our state-of-the-art Sports
Centre complete with an international
arena for basketball and volleyball,
gymnasium, a 25-metre competition-class
swimming pool, fitness suite with weighttraining, dance & aerobics studio, a sports
merchandise shop, and a cafeteria.
The academic programme
With 30 years’ experience delivering
outstanding IB and AP exam results, ACS
has established a tradition of securing its
graduates places at the finest universities
around the world, including Oxford,
Cambridge, the London School of
Economics, Imperial, Harvard, Yale, MIT,
Stanford, Delft, Keio and McGill.
Annual activities & events
At ACS we understand that a rich
boarding experience must include a
wide variety of fun and educational
extracurricular activities, and we
encourage all our students to get
involved and take advantage of the
rewarding opportunities on offer.
While we are proud of the high academic
standards achieved by our graduates, our
educational philosophy has always been to
promote the ‘whole’ student. Our
programme is designed to support a
developmental, student-centred approach,
with provision of additional English
Language tuition according to individual
The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham
Palace, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court,
Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace,
Portsmouth Historic Docks, Lord’s Cricket
Ground, The Tower of London,
Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon Lawn
Tennis Club, Kensington Palace, The Royal
Pavilions Brighton and Chelsea Flower
Show are all close by.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO),
to offer The International Baccalaureate Diploma
Natural History, Museum of Rugby,
Imperial War Museum, National Portrait
Gallery and Brooklands Motor Museum
are within easy reach.
The US College Board: Advanced Placement (AP)
The European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
The Council of International Schools (CIS)
The Independent Schools Association (ISA)
Boarding Schools Association (BSA)
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), on behalf of
Ofsted, inspect our schools regularly.
West End Plays, the Ballet,
BBC Television Centre and
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Middle East Night, Barn Dances, Pizza
parties, Halloween Parade & Dinner,
Winter Concert, Thanksgiving Dinner,
Winter prom, Chilli Nights, Talent Show,
Inter-House Competitions, Christmas
Pantomime, International Night, Fashion
Show, Heywoodstock Music Festival,
Outreach & adventure
Outward Bound, Habitat for Humanity,
Duke of Edinburgh, World Challenge
Namibia and a spring ski trip.
All of the above are subject to modification
The Boarding House Philosophy
ACS strives to meet the needs of each boarder by:
• Encouraging students to understand and appreciate that "Our true nationality is mankind".
• Encouraging students to accept the personal responsibility that comes with personal freedom
• Helping each student to realise his or her full worth and potential by maintaining
• Communicating with parents in order to encourage their support and involvement
• Maintaining and encouraging highly qualified and experienced support staff, prepared to
meet the needs of the students.
Every ACS boarder embarks on a wondrous voyage of discovery. Many friendships made here will
endure a lifetime – all will widen a student’s understanding and appreciation of world cultures
and customs. This is a special experience, and the more a student puts into the programme, the
more he or she will gain from it.
We take great pride in who we are and what we do, and look forward to welcoming you into
our community in the near future.
ACS Cobham International School
Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BL
Tel: +44 (0)1932 867251
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 869744
Fax: +44 (0) 1932 869789
Email: [email protected]
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