Visiting the Boarding Department
Prospective parents and students are welcome to book a tour of our Boarding Department at any time during school terms. Please contact the Boarding Department on 01993 823303 – firstname.lastname@example.org, to make an appointment in the first instance.
In addition we hold Open Days three times a year in September, November and February. Visitors are welcome to meet the Houseparents, staff and current boarders on these occasions. Whether you are thinking of full boarding, flexi-boarding or making use of the extended day offered by Burford Plus, the staff will be very pleased to meet you.
Boarding at Burford since 1571
Boarders are an integral part of this historic school with a high and enviable reputation. ‘They blossom as a result of their boarding experience. Students say there is a good community spirit and they are like a big family’. Ofsted 2015. Boarding students achieve consistently excellent academic results and are well noted for their achievements and their mature approach to individual and group activities, as well as their positive relationships with adults and their peers.
There have been boarders at Burford since the school began in 1571 and today the Boarding Department provides a warm and caring environment for a hundred boarders. Competition for places is keen and, despite a decline in the demand for boarding places nationwide, it continues to grow in popularity at Burford.
Lenthall House, the Boarding Department, consists of two boarding houses, next to the church, in the centre of Burford. The accommodation is housed in what used to be the Grammar School with a courtyard – the original playground – in the centre. Students have small shared bedrooms of between two and six students. Common rooms, kitchens for independent cooking, a gym, prep-room, garden and a small orchard for outdoor activities all contribute to making the boarding house a ‘home’ to come back to at the end of the day. The Year 7 and 8 students, who are new to boarding, are housed close to the Houseparents so that full support can be quickly given to those experiencing homesickness.
Boarders and the community
The boarders enjoy a high profile within the community, walking as they do to and from the school each day. They host regular lunches for the older members of Burford and the surrounding area, take part in local charity events, visit the local primary school during their languages week and help out with the younger children attending church on a Sunday. Some of the older students take part-time jobs, eg in the local charity shop and all are a great credit to the school.
‘Students speak highly of the approach and understanding of staff. Relationships are warm and nurturing. Students say staff treat them with respect and dignity, it is an inclusive environment.’ Ofsted 2015
It is well recognised that students usually make the transition to boarding very easily and this is partly due to the ready-made network of friends and familiar faces that they are encouraged to get to know across the age ranges and also to the commitment and involvement of the boarding staff.
Careful attention and support is given to welfare and the academic and social progress of each student. Staff supervise and offer guidance during prep time and take part in a full range of evening and weekend activities from fun runs to art classes, community lunches to trips out.
Each year a number of new staff join us. They work alongside the current members of staff, which include some teaching staff, teaching assistants and specialist boarding tutors. This year we welcome two new Resident Assistants to the team: Mr Mark Kaaber-Gore and Miss Kirsten Parry.