Do you supply linen and laundry?
Bed linen, supplied by the school, will be washed weekly by the school. Students should remove their used bed linen each week, as requested by the Houseparent, and they will be issued with a clean set of bedding. Students are responsible for making up their own bed (except at the start if every term / half term when beds are made up as part of the spring clean routine). If a student brings their own bedding, they will need to wash it themselves.
Students should bring their own towels.
There are multiple washing machines and tumble dryers and an iron and ironing board for student use. Students are responsible for their own personal laundry. The school will supply washing detergent.
What types of electrical equipment are allowed in the Boarding House?
Students may bring electrical equipment to the Boarding Houses such as laptops, hair dryers, hair straighteners (if fitted with an automatic shut-off) etc. However, some electrical items such as fridges, TVs and kettles are not permitted.
Is there Internet in the boarding house?
All of our boarding houses have Wi-Fi broadband.
What are the security & insurance measurements?
Students are responsible for looking after their personal property and should therefore make sure that bedrooms are kept locked at all times.
The school also offers an optional Personal Effects insurance policy. More details can be obtained from our Bursary department.
There are small personal safes in the student bedrooms.
Each house has a larger safe that can be used for important documents and for limited amounts of cash overnight. Larger amounts of cash for longer periods of time can put in the main school safe. Students should open a UK bank account as soon as possible after term starts.
Are meals & snacks provided for?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main dining room at 333 from Monday to Friday. At weekends there is a full cooked brunch and dinner at 333.
What are the study periods for students?
All students have to be in their rooms studying from 7.00-9.00pm Monday-Thursday (no study session on Friday-Sunday). Students must have authorisation from their DOS in order to miss Study Session and this should be for a legitimate reason (such as a school activity or club).
What is their curfew?
From Sunday-Thursday inclusive students must be in the House by 10pm and cannot go out again. On Friday and Saturday, this curfew is extended to 11pm. The dining room and common room are locked 15 minutes after final curfew, at which time all students must be in their rooms and the house should be quiet.
Students should not stay away overnight on weekdays during term time (Sunday-Thursday inclusive). Only in exceptional circumstances will the student’s Director of Studies give their permission for overnight absences during the week.
Are students allowed weekends away?
Sixth Form Students
At the beginning of the academic year parents or guardians will be asked to fill in a ‘Weekends Away Authorisation Form’. The form will be sent out before term starts in August and there will be spare copies at the boarding house when students arrive.
Once we have this form, which includes confirmation of the parents’/guardian’s email addresses, then parents/guardians can email the Houseparent with permission for their son/daughter/guard to go away.
What time are students in their rooms?
At 10.15pm (Sunday-Thursday) or 11.15pm (Friday-Saturday), the house shuts down. That means that students should be in their rooms, and cannot access the communal parts of the house.
Is the Boarding House open during half term or holidays?
The boarding houses close during the half terms of each term and the entire Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays. It is not possible to stay in the Boarding Houses during the school holidays. Students may usually leave their belongings in their rooms at half terms, Christmas and Easter. The only exception to this at the time of writing, is that students may be asked to clear their rooms during the Easter holidays, when other school groups occasionally make use of our residential accommodation. Should this happen, the school will give students plenty of notice and will provide alternative storage over this holiday.
At the end of the summer term students are expected to clear out their rooms completely and we cannot provide storage over the summer.
Can students have visitors at the Boarding House?
Friends can visit the boarding houses after 4.00pm during the week (but not during study period) and after 12.00 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. They should leave by curfew. Only other d’Overbroeck’s students and family are permitted as visitors. Your visitors must be accompanied at all times and should not be left in the house when you are not in. All visitors must sign in and out. The house has planning permission for a set number of students and so friends cannot stay overnight in any circumstances.
What happens if a student has a health/personal problem?
The Houseparent’s are the first contact point for any student problems. Students should let a member of staff know if they are feeling unwell. They will make sure the school knows they will be absent if applicable and they can call the doctor if necessary. All students are registered at the Banbury Road Medical Centre, 172 Banbury Road, Summertown, tel: 01865 515731.