‘You can just be yourself here.’ Boarding student – Ofsted May 2018
This school nurtures well-rounded, well-behaved children who are accepting of each other and set off for adult life with a positive attitude’ (Parent) Boarding Ofsted 2018
Visiting the Boarding Department
Prospective parents and students are welcome to book a tour of our Boarding Department at any time during normal school terms. Please contact the Boarding Department on 01993 823283 – firstname.lastname@example.org, to make an appointment in the first instance.
In addition we hold Open Events during the school year. Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 12 February 2022 from 10.30am-12.30pm. We are fully intending to welcome visitors to the House on this day but, due to the ever-changing situation with Covid, please check back here before you visit or contact the Boarding Department if there is likely to be any doubt over this.
Visitors are welcome to meet the Head of Boarding, residential staff and current boarders at our Open events. Whether you are thinking of full boarding or of 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. 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 just over 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 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 quickly be given should they experience some initial homesickness.
Boarders and the community
‘Community links enable the students to use local facilities and
to develop a sense of local belonging and purpose’ Boarding Ofsted 2018
The boarders enjoy a high profile within the community walking, as they do, to and from the school each day. They 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.
‘a wonderful caring place that is home to a vibrant community
of hardworking students and caring staff’ Boarding Ofsted 2018
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.
The residential pastoral staff work alongside the non-residential staff, which include some teaching staff, teaching assistants and specialist boarding tutors.