Most of our boarders in the Lower Sixth live in Islip House. This is our brand new boarding house which provides a modern, welcoming and comfortable place for our students to live in – literally across the road from 333, our Sixth Form teaching site. Our other main boarding house is Hayfield House; this is just a few minutes away from the 333. Students at Islip House live in twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Students at Hayfield House have single rooms but shared bathroom facilities. Most of our boarding students are full boarders but there are a limited number of places for weekly boarding available.
Our boarding houses are both co-educational and the boys and girls share a communal area where they can relax, study and enjoy each other’s company. In the social area they can play board games, watch movies, form study groups and relax.
The accommodation is split into girls’ and boys’ areas which are securely separated. Each house is overseen by residential Houseparents and Boarding Assistants. A member of staff is available to the students 24 hours a day to support them in with both their academic and social growth.
Students have breakfast in their boarding house, but have a cooked lunch and evening meal in the Cohen Hall at 333, just across the road from Islip House. The food is provided by Holroyd Howe a leading catering company for independent schools. The food is of a very high standard and we are able to cater to a variety of dietary requirements.
There is a study period each evening between 7 and 9pm and the curfew is 10 pm during the week. Each student has their own study space in his or her room. All rooms have wi-fi access.
A number of trips and visits are organised on some of the weekends for boarders and day students. The boarding houses are just a short walk from Summertown- a lovely part of Oxford with a theatre, swimming pool, leisure centre and cafes. The centre of Oxford is about 15 minutes by bus.
The boarding experience is an opportunity to live with others, to become independent and, being in Oxford, it provides access to superb leisure and study facilities such as theatres, museums, galleries, libraries and parks.