Acland House is located at 85 Papanui Road. The hostel is governed by the Board of Trustees, supervised by the Principal and managed by the Director of Boarding.
The boarding establishment compromises the original historic homestead and adjoining dormitory wings. There are places for 100 boarders from Year 9 to 13 whose place of residence is outside Christchurch. Short-term boarding of day girls is occasionally possible.
Junior students are accommodated in dormitories while senior students have their own rooms. Learning is supported by the provision of computers linked to the school network. Supervised prep. and support are provided for junior students in the evening. Junior students travel in the ‘croc’ to the school, a twenty-minute walk along the edge of the park. Students enjoy their own commons, recreational facilities, tennis courts, and swimming pool.
The boarders and their families are an integral and much-valued part of the school. A strong sense of community is developed within the boarding establishment. This is built on respect and caring relationships. The Director of Boarding and hostel staff are committed to providing a supportive and safe environment. Throughout the year activities are held to foster hostel spirit and provide enjoyable shared experiences. The affable rivalry between the hostel and school displayed at sporting events and special occasions highlights this sense of community. Senior students have the opportunity to contribute to hostel life through leadership roles.