‘You can just be yourself here.’ Boarding student May 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 – email@example.com, to make an appointment in the first instance.
In addition we hold Open Days three times a year. Open days for 2018-19 are 20 September 2018, 8 November 2018 and 2 February 2019.
Please note: places for 2019-20 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, 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 hae welcomed three new members of staff to the residential team. Mr Stephen Kaaber has joined us as Assistant Housemaster. In the girls house we have two new Graduate Resident Assistants; Miss Eleanor Gravenor and Miss Catherine Wilson.
After finishing Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school in Lancashire where he attended as an all-round scholar, Steven completed a gap year in Australia working at St Aloyisuis school, an Independant school that sits alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After returning to England, Steven attended St Mary’s University, London, working briefly at Burford School between lectures. He left St Mary’s having attained a 1st class (BA hons) in Business Management with Sports Science and has recently completed a year as a Fellow Resident at Holyport College.
Eleanor has just completed an MA in Community Music at the University of York, during which time she led multiple music workshops in schools, hospitals and residential homes. Prior to this she gained a first-class BA in Music from the University of Oxford in 2017 and completed a TEFL certificate in 2016. Eleanor is interested in pursuing a career in music education and outreach. and is really looking forward to joining Burford School in September to further her experience of working with young people.
Catherine has recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. During her degree she spent a month study ecology in the Borneo rainforest where she was able to use the data she had collected out there on Orangutan nests in her dissertation. As a STEM ambassador she enjoyed going into a number of primary schools and teaching biology to the pupils. In her spare time she can find be playing lacrosse on the sports pitch, reading one of her favorite books or enjoying being in nature.