The d’Overbroeck’s boarding community is like a family. Here, we embrace individuality and celebrate uniqueness, and create a relaxed yet stimulating environment where everyone can be themselves. Living with us also means academic support, exciting activities, and friendship are available every single day.
I feel so at home here; someone is always around if I have any problems or worries.
What’s it really like to live at d’Overbroeck’s? Get the inside track from our UK and international boarding school students – and discover what our parents think about the experience we offer.
"My daughter really enjoys being part of such a diverse community. She also loves the college-like feel of the Sixth Form."
"Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere in Islip [boarding house] is so encouraging."
"My son is very happy at d’Overbroeck’s and is enjoying living in Oxford. He’s also made friends from many different countries."
"Living alongside people from around the world has taught me about different cultures and introduced me to new languages."
"The best thing about d’Overbroeck’s is my friends! I also love the amazing atmosphere in the boarding house."
Mentors, counsellors, academic advisors, and much, much more: our specialist boarding team will provide the practical support and emotional care your child needs to thrive.
Emma joined d’Overbroeck’s in 2014. In her role as Head of Non-Residential Boarding, Emma ensures our students are matched with the right host family. She’s the first point of contact for both our learners and hosts, and – having housed students herself – has an in-depth understanding of what it takes to build strong partnerships based on trust and respect.
Alex is a qualified nursing professional with more than 12 years’ experience in the NHS and private sector. Alex is passionate about working with young people, having spent time in a paediatric unit and supported schools across Oxford. He joined us in 2022 and is an integral part of a pastoral team that keeps our boarders healthy, supported, and well.
Sarah has a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, where she tutored and lectured for several years. Following her passion for education and student wellbeing, Sarah moved into teaching, joining us as Pastoral Director in 2020. Placing the welfare and progress of the individual at the heart of learning, Sarah ensures our students are happy, included, and engaged.
Every student’s day is filled with laughter, learning, and extraordinary experiences.
We serve a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day, which includes a wide variety of hot and cold options. This brings the school community together at the start of the day.
Throughout the school day, our boarders have plenty of contact with our pastoral team, ensuring that any concerns are shared and resolved.
Free time in the boarding house is about fun and building friendships! Staff lead some of our communal activities, but we also encourage our boarders to come up with their own clubs, events, and plans.
Dinner is served in school rather than our boarding houses, although a variety of healthy snacks are available in our house kitchens. Students can also use the kitchen facilities to prepare their own meals, if they fancy a taste of home!
Younger students have structured study time, supported by our staff and visiting tutors. Guided by our tutors, our older students construct their own study timetable, based on their subjects and workload.
Curfews and bedtimes vary by age. We make sure the house Wi-Fi is turned off overnight to ensure our students get a good night’s rest.
Our boarders enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, as well as a variety of healthy snacks. At weekends, your child will sit down with friends for a tasty brunch and hot evening meal.
We know that every child is likely to miss their family at some point. It’s normal to feel homesick, but experience tells us this feeling usually subsides as our students get involved in school life. Our boarding parents and pastoral team will make sure your child is supported every step of the way.
Yes, we offer two options in the Sixth Form: weekly (five days, Sunday to Thursday) and termly (full) boarding. At The International School, we only offer a termly option.
We’ll update you on your child’s progress through regular reports. You can get in touch with our boarding team whenever you like, too. They’ll happily answer your questions or discuss any concerns. They can also offer expert advice and guidance related to any aspect of our boarding experience.
Our students typically sleep in single or twin rooms. This does depend, however, on your child’s age, the boarding house they live in, and our availability. Please get in touch with our admissions team to find out more.
Get a sense of what it’s like to live at d’Overbroeck’s – and how your child will fit in to our welcoming community – by signing up for one of our Open Events.Boarding