Tel: 01993 823303


‘You can just be yourself here.’  Boarding student – Ofsted May 2018

Boarding Department Direct Line for Enquiries & Admissions: 01993 823283    

We have already received a considerable number of applications for September 2020 entry into our Boarding Department. If you are looking for a place for September 2020 or thereafter, we would advise you to make an appointment to visit early in the new school year to avoid disappointment.  You are welcome to visit on any normal school day. The office is currently closed for the summer holidays but will re-open on Tuesday 27 August.



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 school terms.  Please contact the Boarding Department on 01993 823303  –, to make an appointment in the first instance.

In addition we hold Open Events three times a year.  Open days for 2019-20 are:

Thursday 19 September 2019 (2.30pm – 4.30pm)

Thursday 7 November 2019 (4.30pm – 6.30pm)

Saturday 1 February 2020 (10.30am – 12.30pm)

Please note: places for 2020-21 entry are filling up fast so we would urge your to visit sooner rather than later if you are interested in a place for these dates.

Visitors are welcome to meet the Houseparents, staff and current boarders on these occasions.  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.


Music Scholarships Available

If you are Grade 7 in one or more orchestral instrument, ask about our Music Scholarships. Application forms and criteria for eligibility are available under Boarding/Documents & Forms.


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 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

‘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 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.


Supportive staff

‘a wonderful caring place that is home to a vibrant community

of hardworking students and caring staff’ Boarding Ofsted 2018


Mr & Mrs Kaaber – Houseparents

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.






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