School House - A Guide to Boarding

Welcome from Mr Litchfield

Welcome to School House. My name is Mr Litchfield and I am very much looking forward to meeting you! I am the Housemaster of School House and it is my job to look after you while you are at Abingdon. I live in the boarding house with my wife, Claire, our two sons, Harry and Dylan, our dog, Freddie and two guinea pigs (Emily and Fudge). I will be spending some time getting to know you when you first arrive and helping you get to know your new surroundings. I am very fortunate to have the help of a number of other teachers, called “tutors”, who look after smaller groups of pupils within the house and see will you every week day during your time in School House. When you arrive you will meet them and you will be introduced to your specific tutor. I know that you will be feeling excited but also nervous about arriving at Abingdon and joining School House. I am here to help you get to understand the life of the school and the house. You will have many questions and you should ask me, or any one of the tutors, for help whenever you need it.

You may be wondering what School House is! It is actually a home, a physical building, where you will live with 51 other boarders while you are at Abingdon. However, it is also a small tight community within the school. School House has a mixture of boarders and dayboys. The house is looked after during the day by Di Faulkes and her team of house-staff; Di knows the school very well having been Matron in School House for 14 years. The house community is there to help each other through the challenges of school life. We have teams that compete with other houses in the school, and social events that bring different groups together. The other pupils in the house will quickly become your friends and will probably be the people who you share your best moments at Abingdon with. To find out more you should read through each section of the handbook carefully. I look forward to meeting you in person in September.

Mr Mike Litchfield

School House is located in the heart of school, as one wing of the main school building. Home to over 50 boarders and another 50 dayboys, the house is a lively community where each individual has their part to play in continuing to strengthen the genuine integration between those who go home and those who live here. Many boarders are fortunate in enjoying special friendships with dayboys and look forward to spending time with them and their families from time to time. Many of these friendships last into University and well beyond

The house has a remarkable, and very large, feature games room which is home to a pool table, table-tennis and table football. A newly-refurbished TV lounge provides a large-screen TV with Sky, cinema system and a PS3.

A bistro style kitchen, which we call the K, was refurbished due to the extraordinary generosity of a recent OA, the K is the social hub of the house, both in the day and in the evening time. Food is important to teenagers, and even more so to boarders at any time. This bistro area has substantial seating around chrome and wood tables where boys can chat, work, play games or just eat!

Middle School boys (Years 3-5) are accommodated in three or four-bedded rooms and older boys are fortunate, because of the structure of the house, to be in either twin or single rooms.

Boys can expect to change rooms at least once during the year to help them integrate and to form as wide a circle of friends in their first few years.

Welcome from the Head of House

Hi Lads! Welcome to Abingdon, and to School House! We understand how daunting the prospect of boarding may be, but rest assured, you are coming into a community that will be dedicated to making sure you feel at home. Our team of School House Prefects will be available at all times to ensure that your transition into Abingdon is as easy as possible, and we, along with Mr Litchfield and his team of tutors, will always be available to answer any questions that you may have! To Board at Abingdon is to be a part of a tight-knit community of individuals, who exhibit fantastic diversity; with students from the UK, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Nigeria and many other countries! We whole-heartedly encourage you all to take the opportunities presented to you at Abingdon, both those specifically for the boarding community, and those for everyone. You are encouraged to pursue and broaden your interests, be it music, drama, sport or something else entirely! The number of activities available at Abingdon continues to amaze me; ranging from Rugby to Debating, from Fencing to Croquet, there genuinely is something for everyone. We all hope that, in time, you come to regard School House as your home away from home, and that you come to think of us as your second family.

Head of House

Useful contact details

Mr Litchfield's contact details:
01235 849056
mike.litchfield@abingdon.org.uk
School House address: School House, Abingdon School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1DE, UK

Contact details for other members of staff can be found on Contact details and the Staff List.

For further information, see each handbook section: