Boarding houses or host families
In keeping with our ethos as a school that treats our students as young adults, we give you the choice of living in one of our boarding houses or with one of our friendly and welcoming host families.
For most students, it will be the first time living away from home. Some students like to share, others need private space. Living close to lessons is a priority for some; for others the size of their room is more important. We work hard to help every student find a home that fits their requirements as closely as possible. All our boarding options will provide you with a home from home.
Once your place at d’Overbroeck’s is confirmed, a boarding house place can be reserved, or, if the host family option is chosen, we will provide detailed information on specific families and arrange visits where practical, so that you and your parents can make an informed choice.
Once you arrive, we will continue to be available to offer advice, help and support to you or your parents and we can be contacted at all times of the day or night on our emergency mobile if necessary.
Many students at d’Overbroeck’s, both from the UK and abroad, live with host families for all or part of the time they are studying with us. These families are carefully selected; we know how important where students live is to the overall experience of being at a school, particularly if they are studying a long way from home.
Our families all live within easy reach of school and provide a welcoming environment for our students. We are in regular communication with our host families, the student and student’s parents to ensure that their time is a happy and productive one.
As you would expect our families meet all of the safety and safeguarding regulations required by the government.
Why choose a host family?
For some students the idea of a host family might be an unfamiliar option but the experience of our students is that it is a very positive and enjoyable one. In many cases students have kept in contact with their host families for many years after leaving the school.
The benefits of host family accommodation:
- It is a great way to experience and learn about British culture and for international students to develop their language skills even further. There is no better way to find out about different aspects of life in the UK than discussing the day’s events and news over dinner. Students may also have the opportunity to attend events or trips with their host family and, in some cases, host families attend school events to support the students who live with them.
- Living with others in a smaller environment. Rather than being in a large boarding house, students in host families often live with one or two other d’Overbroeck’s students and this makes it easier for them to make friends.
- Being in exactly the right environment for them. We have a number of different host families and we take great care to match the right student to the right host family. For example, we take into account each student’s dietary requests and whether they have any special requests, such as the need for a piano.
- Pastoral support. Our host families are a great support to students. The families are in regular contact with the school and work with us to make sure their student enjoys their time with us and does well academically.
IGCSE students in host families
Our IGCSE host families are carefully selected to ensure the right level of care and supervision. By housing IGCSE students with families, we ensure there is usually only one student of the same nationality in each house. They are therefore more likely to reach a higher level of English which can mean better exam results and a higher chance to get admission into our Sixth Form in the UK should they wish.
Host families for this age group are always at home each evening to greet the student when they get back and discuss the day. They provide breakfast every day and all meals at weekends. Students eat lunch and dinner at school Monday to Friday. There is a strict curfew each evening in line with the boarding houses: 8.00pm for 14 year olds a 9.00pm for 15 and 16 year olds.
What if a student would like to change their host family?
In the unlikely event a student wanted to move families, we will speak to the student to understand the reasons for this and if required we will find them a more suitable host family within seven days (whereas in the boarding house there is one term’s notice).
Living in a Boarding House
On the other hand, in our boarding houses you will be part of an international community. Most bedrooms are ensuite, and there are singles, twins and triples. All bedroom have wi-fi access and you will not be far from the teaching block. You will have breakfast in the boarding house but your lunch and supper in school. Houseparents live in the boarding house to care for you and communal facilities include a living room, dining room, large garden and laundry room. Boys and girls live in separate houses with bedtime at 10.30pm.