Boarders at King Edward VII School are accommodated in three boarding houses:

  • School House for learners in Gr 8
  • Donald Gordon House for learners in Gr 9
  • Buxton House for learners in Gr 10 – 12

The applications for boarding invariably far exceed the places available, and applicants are interviewed to assess their suitability for boarding.

Three Boarding Houses offer uniquely different experiences

The King Edward Boarding establishment is designed to offer different age groups a tailored experience relative to their tenure at the School.

School House, for Grade 8`s, provides a distinctly nurturing environment, as new boarders acclimatise to their first longer term stay away from home. It is said that Grade 8 boarders enjoy the `largest garden` of all, having free access to the School`s well renowned manicured fields.

Sir Donald Gordon House, for Grade 9`s, recognises the transition from 1st year boarding, to that of confident older boys who now adapt to boarding with aplomb. A spectacular north facing view of Johannesburg compliments the gardens where Grade 9 boarders relax in free time.

Buxton House completes the residences, and houses more senior boarders from Grades 10 to 12. Each boarding house is equipped with so called `Common Rooms`, quite simply designated socialising facilities, with DSTV, Pool and Table Tennis access.


Situated on Houghton Ridge, Buxton House has commanding views over the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg and on clear days the Magaliesburg Mountains are visible from the senior dormitories. Buxton House accommodates 175 learners.


Mentors and academic matrics have single rooms. An extensively equipped modern gym on the School property, as well as the School’s tennis and basketball courts, swimming pool and sports fields, are available for the use of Boarders. Boarders also have access to Old Ed’s Health and Racquet Club where they may use the swimming, squash and gym facilities at preferential rates.

Boarders have been an important component of King Edward VII School since the School’s inception in 1902. The proud tradition of camaraderie, lifetime friendships and a caring boarding community has influenced parents to continue enrolling their sons into the boarding milieu.

Buxton House originated after the Governor-General’s War Fund bought Del Norte in the early 1920’s. Renamed Buxton House, it accommodated boarders who were the sons of soldiers who had been killed or disabled in World War 1. From 1937 it housed Prep School boarders. In 1957 High School Boarders began to be phased back into Buxton. In 1963 Buxton was demolished and the new Buxton House was built on the same site. Davis and Hill’s Houses closed their doors at the end of 1964 and the new Buxton opened in January 1965.


School House was opened in 1937 when G P Prescott was headmaster. This makes School House the oldest of the three boarding houses. Since 1937, School House has always prepared boarders for the most important developing years in their high school careers and has done this with pride.

Grade 8 boarders spend their first year at School House before moving to Sir Donald Gordon House. School House nurtures the new boarders as they embark on their 5 year career at the School. School House can accommodate 80 learners. The senior boarding house master, his assistant duty masters, and selected prefects, manage the well being of the young boarders.



Sir Donald Gordon House, situated on Houghton Ridge on St Patrick Rd had humble beginnings. It was opened at the beginning of January 1998 and was originally home to 12 boys and 2 Housemasters.


The learners and masters were accommodated in the “Gate House” while renovations were underway on the “Main House”. Renovations were fully completed in April 1999 and the boarding house now comprises “Gate House” and the original “Main House” for grade 9 learners and selected mentors only. 80 boarders can be accommodated.

The senior boys act as mentors and role models to the juniors, guiding them on the path to becoming true King Edward VII School boarders.

Donald Gordon House is firmly established within the King Edward VII School hostels and the boys have a house to which they are proud to give ownership. A House with its own unique ethos, traditions and rhythms. From here, we are able to produce young men of the highest calibre. Yet it must be said that none of this would have been possible without the wholehearted support of the Parents of the boys of Donald Gordon House.



Recent extensive investment in the renovation of the boarding house kitchen and dining room, has resulted in a state of art catering complex, allowing the professional on site caterers to provide meals specially designed by qualified nutritionists. All boarders dine under one roof.

A Boarding House Director oversees the entire boarding establishment, ably assisted by senior boarding house masters. Medical needs are coordinated by an experienced Matron and Paramedic who reside in the boarding house complex.

Easy access to the School`s extensive academic, cultural, and sporting facilities, ensures that boarders are always at the forefront of embracing involvement in a broad spectrum of activities.


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