Single and twin rooms all with shared bathroom facilities
Located 10 minutes walk from the International School building at 111 Banbury Road
Students eat all meals at the school
Two resident houseparents
Communal facilities include common room, dining room, kitchen area, large garden and laundry room
Study period Monday to Thursday evenings at 7pm
All rooms have wi-fi access throughout the house
Set curfew appropriate for the student’s age Sunday to Thursday, an hour later on Friday & Saturday
Students cannot stay at any time outside the usual school term. Student guardians are required to make arrangements for these occasions
Head of Hayfield House: Caroline Symes
Caroline has worked at d’Overbroeck’s as a House Parent, running Hayfield House boarding house for several years.
Caroline originally trained as a Photo Lithographer at Reading Collage of Art and worked in the printing industry and studio film planning. Travelling has always been a passion within her family and after a 2 year sabbatical sailing and living on islands around the world, Caroline changed career to work as care staff at a school for the deaf in Newbury. She spent 6 years here and was impressed by the importance of clear communication when supporting her year group. Alongside this she studied for an NVQ promoting independence for teenagers and has also helped to run an after school club at the famous Norlands Nanny Training College.
In 2002, Caroline moved to France with her young son and lived in Normandy for many years working within the French education system teaching English in state schools. She has worked in schools for over 20 years in total, many of these at boarding schools, and has enjoyed making her role as House Parent a ‘home-from-home’ experience. Each year is different, she says, and brings many happy times.