Once your place in the Sixth Form is confirmed, a boarding house place can be reserved for the first year, 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. Please note, that although on enrolment, it is possible to express a preference for a single or a shared room but we cannot guarantee a particular house.
Both houses provide an excellent boarding experience. 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 St. Aldates located in the city centre.
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.
Boarding in the Upper Sixth
In their second year most students choose to board with a host family. At this stage students often want to live with one or two of their friends and are able to choose a host family where they know they will be happy and comfortable in this all important second year of studies. Some boarding house places may be available, however there is no guarantee that students will stay in their first year accommodation. The options will be discussed with you in plenty of time for you to make choices.
We are now offering a weekly boarding option (Sunday to Thursday) for Sixth Form students in addition to termly boarding already available. If you live too far away from Oxford to commute each day but near enough to go home to your family on weekends, this could be the ideal option for you.
Islip House, one of our Sixth Form boarding houses
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.