The Royal School House - Our Home away from Home

The Royal School House (RSH) is home to the Boarding Department of The Royal and Prior School. We are Donegal’s only secondary school with boarding facilities, and so our boarders hail from Inishowen, Inver, everywhere in between and even further afield. We pride ourselves on providing a homely and friendly environment for the students of The Royal and Prior from Monday to Friday. 

We are delighted to welcome both boys and girls aged 11 to 18 into a youthful and dynamic home where they are offered academic and pastoral support from specialised boarding staff and Royal and Prior School staff. 

The excellent education available at the Royal and Prior School combined with the caring attention and support offered by staff in the Royal School House ensures that all our boarders have the opportunity to thrive and develop both personally and academically in a healthy, happy and supportive environment.

There are many benefits to a boarding education and at the Royal School House we work hard to ensure our boarders make the best use of the opportunities and facilities that are available to them. The opportunity to board benefits our students immensely, our boarders:

  • Develop independence and maturity, which is excellent preparation for university or work.
  • Benefit from a homely, family atmosphere and staff who offer advice and academic support
  • Avail of supervised study and extra help from teachers every evening
  • Avoid long commuter journeys travelling to and from school
  • Develop and maintain long-term friendships with their peers
  • Benefit from the close proximity to the school meaning our boarders can take part in all the Co- Curricular activities the school offers.

At The Royal and Prior School House our main focus is the care and well-being of our boarders therefore, our Staff are available around the clock to offer support and guidance to our boarders. We make the health and happiness of our boarders a top priority!

Our Head of Boarding & Matron is Mrs. Vicky Sloan who has a wealth of experience in nurturing and supporting our boarders, she takes special responsibility for our girl boarders in addition to her overall role as Head of Boarding. Our Housemaster is Mr. Trevor Kingston who is mainly responsible for our boy boarders but also assists with the general smooth running of the boarding house. 

The Royal School House also benefits from other staff who visit daily namely; Ms. Roisin McGlinchey – our wonderful cook who is responsible for catering for all the nutritional and dietary needs of our boarders, and Mrs. Caroline Coyle and Ms. Brigid Chandler, our domestic staff who ensure our Home from Home is always perfect for our boarders.

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