Boarding house to help international students’ integration 

A new boarding house at Hereford Cathedral School will be for overseas and domestic students 

Hereford Cathedral School has received a £1.9m funding package for a new boarding house.

The seven-figure sum from Lloyds Bank will go towards creating new accommodation for overseas and domestic students. The boarding house will be able to accommodate 29 pupils.

The school, for pupils between the ages of three to 18, will unveil the completed project in spring 2020. Situated in the fully refurbished former How Caple Grange Hotel, the 1,310 square-meter Georgian boarding house is the latest redevelopment for the school that dates back to 1384.

The school ceased boarding 20 years ago and has housed overseas students with local families since 2012. The new boarding house aims to boost the number of overseas pupils able to attend the school, as well as allowing UK pupils the opportunity to board.

Paul Smith, Hereford Cathedral School’s headmaster, said: “We take great pride in looking after all our pupils, and this new boarding house will play a huge part in ensuring that our international students are happy, integrated and have all the support they need to thrive with us.”

We take great pride in looking after all our pupils, and this new boarding house will play a huge part in ensuring that our international students are happy, integrated and have all the support they need to thrive with us

Mark Smith, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “In our increasingly international society, a well-rounded, multicultural education has never been more important. We’ve worked in partnership with Hereford Cathedral School for 30 years now, supporting it throughout its growth, and are proud to have helped it take the next step on its journey.”

Lloyds Bank provided 75% of the funding for the project, with the remainder coming from school funds.