Boarding swimming scholars in performance squads in years 9 to 13 are accommodated together in the specialist residential facility, which is beneficial for those who are committed to the swimming programme and the lifestyle that goes with it.
Swimming scholars are enabled to develop their personal responsibility, performance, motivation and consideration for others. The accommodation is situated 2 miles away on the site of the Plymouth College Preparatory School. A regular minibus service transports swimming scholars door-to-door between the boarding house, the pool and school as necessary. Boys are accommodated on the ground floor and the girls on the first floor. The boarding staff are experienced in the training and needs of elite athletes. Regular communication between boarding staff, teaching staff, parents, coaches, the school nurses and the boarding athletes themselves is essential. Athletes with national times remain in the house to continue with the swimming programme after the end of the Summer Term until the National Championships each summer. However, swimming scholars are encouraged to return home or to a guardian at weekends, where possible, for their own well-being and to maintain a link with their original home programme. This is at each athlete's/family's discretion as home may be too far away or athletes may need to stay on for competitions. All athletes must return home or stay with guardians when the house is closed during Half Term holidays and end of term holidays.
Staff and boarders respect and value each other.