Crescent House Housemaster: Matthew Kendry Duty Mobile number: +44 7557 443150 E: [email protected] Crescent House address: 21 Park Crescent, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1DD, UK Austin House Housemaster: James Golding Duty Mobile number: +44 7557 667078 E: [email protected] Austin House address: 76 Bath Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1EB, UK School House Housemaster: Mike Litchfield Duty Mobile number: +44 7557 441058 E: [email protected] School House address: School House, Abingdon School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1DE, UK A member of staff is on duty at all times, and can be contacted on the House duty mobile phone, 24 hours a day during term time. Please note that if you are sending parcels to your child it is not possible to receive them at the boarding houses. They should be sent to: Remember to include your chi ld’s name, and our porters wi l l ensure they are then brought over to the correct house. 01 Contact details Abingdon School, Faringdon Lodge, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BQ, United Kingdom Best times to contact boarders School week: 7.30am - 8.30am and 5.00pm - 6.00pm UK time. Weekend: please liaise with your child to find out what activities and trips they are involved in.
Contents PAGE 03 Welcome 02 PAGE 04 About Abingdon and Location PAGE 05 Boarding at Abingdon PAGE 06 Our Aims and Statement of Principles PAGE 07 International students PAGE 09 Settling in PAGE 10 Arrival at and departure from the houses PAGE 12 Transport PAGE 15 Pastoral care PAGE 17 Personal belongings PAGE 19 Registration PAGE 20 Visitors and absence PAGE 21 Safety and security PAGE 22 Rewards, sanctions and expectations of behaviour PAGE 23 Medical information PAGE 13 Boarding provision PAGE 25 Timetables and routines PAGE 01 Contact details
I thought settling into boarding would be very hard, but I was wrong. I’ve been here for almost 3 years, and I wake up at home every day. - A boarder We understand that the beginning of the boarding journey can result in a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Boarding at Abingdon is at the very heart of the School, its aims, ethos and the quality of relationships that exist between pupils and staff. We believe that the boarders and staff should all work together to create a positive, happy community in which everyone feels comfortable and has an important part to play. During their time at Abingdon, your child will be part of a warm and caring community who will help them to develop into a confident, independent young person. Rest assured, they will be very well looked after and will thrive in our home-from-home environment. We hope the information in this handbook, which provides a practical step by step guide to life as a boarder at Abingdon, is informative, helpful and reassuring. Please remember, we are always here for you if you have questions or concerns. Do get in touch if there is anything on your mind. 03 Welcome From left to right: James Golding, Matthew Kendry, Mike Litchfield
04 About Abingdon At Abingdon we aim to teach and develop the resources, skills and resilience that your children will need in order to feel confident in embracing their future. We encourage them to seize opportunities and to appreciate their responsibilities - not only to one another but also to society as a whole. Our School promotes a culture of mutual respect and equality and we celebrate diversity. Abingdon enjoys the very best in academic standards, music, sport and the arts, in a caring and supportive environment where students are motivated to succeed. The health and wellbeing of our students is paramount and the School has a comprehensive pastoral care system centred around a student's tutor and housemaster. Location The School is situated in 35 acres of beautiful grounds in the centre of Abingdon, just south of the university city of Oxford. Abingdon is ideally located for access to the cities of Oxford and London. Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports are within an easy distance of the School, with journey times taking approximately 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes, by road, respectively.
Page | 005 05 Boarding at Abingdon Boarders play an integral role at Abingdon – both as part of their house and across the School community. Above al l, however, they are valued as individuals with each pupi l ’s talents, ski l ls and character, nurtured and appreciated. We offer weekly and ful l boarding from the Third Year (age 13) and our boarders benefit from an enhanced and l ively activities programme in the evenings and over weekends. Activities range from informal BBQs, movie nights and cake baking sessions; to house dinners, escape room experiences and recreational trips to nearby Oxford. Day students are an intrinsic part of each of our three boarding houses, helping to ensure that friendships grow and extend across both day and boarding pupi ls. This structure al lows students to mix freely in lessons, activities and sports, in addition to spending time together social ly and boarders particularly welcome the opportunity to spend time out of school with day pupi l friends and their fami l ies. Plenty of activities to keep boarders busy Numerous opportunities for boarders to go on trips
06 Our Aims and Statement of Principles develop each young person, encourage them in all that they do, support them in an environment that is safe and secure, and help prepare them for adulthood. ensure that every boarder can live in a community where relationships with others (students and staff) are respectful, tolerant and positive. celebrate and encourage the individuality of those in our boarding community, encouraging each to achieve their potential and discover new horizons. communicate with boarding parents and guardians effectively and honestly, trusting in a collaborative partnership for the benefit of the boarders in our care. At Abingdon we aim to: The School ensures its boarding practice complies with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding. A culture of consideration and kindness Students from 25 countries around the world Our focus is on wellbeing
07 International students Transport to and from school and the airport Providing accommodation during hol idays, including half terms and bank hol idays Col lecting the pupi l in case of exclusion from school Bridging the gap between term dates and fl ights to and from home Looking after the pupi l in the event of i l lness (in l iaison with the School ’s medical centre) Providing accommodation during any quarantine period and possible periods of self isolation Guardians It is Abingdon School pol icy that al l students whose parents l ive abroad, must appoint a UK based guardian. Abingdon School is unable to recommend guardians, however, parents can find detai ls here of AEGIS Accredited Guardianship Organisations. A good guardian should take an active and interested role in their charge’s education and welfare and l ive close enough for the pupi l to visit for weekends away and half terms and on the occasions when the school is closed. This would typical ly be within 90 minutes from the school. The typical role of a guardian would include: A good guardian wi l l also play an active role in supporting the pupi l, for example, attending parents' evenings and other School events. Guardians wi l l be included in correspondence (excluding school fee invoices) unless parents have agreed another arrangement with the School. Further detai ls can be found in the Guardianship guidance notes.
Page | 005 Visas It is the responsibi l ity of parents to ensure their chi ld has the correct entry Visa for the UK. Information can be obtained by visiting www.gov.uk/chi ld-study-visa or ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk Any student who is a citizen of a country outside the UK and Ireland, and who wishes to study in the UK for a period of more than six months, requires a visa to study in the UK. This includes EEA students who arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021. Abingdon School has a l icence to sponsor Chi ld Student Visa students. Where a student is sponsored to obtain a Chi ld Student Visa, it is a pol icy of Abingdon School that the student must remain a ful l boarder for the duration of their time at Abingdon. Abingdon School makes every effort to make this process as easy as possible, working with an immigration lawyer who manages the visa process throughout. Please note that if a student is studying in the UK on a Chi ld Student Visa, they are required by the UK Home Office to provide precise detai ls of movements during weekends away and hol idays, including fl ight detai ls and the address at which they wi l l be staying. Where a student is not sponsored, Abingdon School wi l l request evidence of the student’s right to study in the UK before the student starts at school. This could be by virtue of a parent’s visa or under the EU settlement scheme. Further information may be obtained from the UK Government Visa and Immigration department. 08 International students
09 Settling in The first day On the first Sunday of the School year, we host a welcome reception for new boarders and their parents. This is a good opportunity to meet key staff, see the boarding houses and tour the wider school. We ask that al l parents leave at this point so boarders can enjoy the fun induction activities that we have planned. The first few weeks To help new boarders settle in, we have a thorough induction programme in place, beginning from the moment they arrive in September right through to the end of the Michaelmas Term in December. The timetable, dai ly and weekend routine, school layout, medical, spiritual and uniform matters wi l l al l be covered, as wi l l a trip to Oxford using publ ic transport. During the first ful l weekend at School, we ask that al l ful l boarders and, if possible, weekly boarders, stay in the Houses as we also have exciting team-bui lding activities and a welcome dinner. As part of our peer support programme, every boarder wi l l be paired with a ‘mentor’, usual ly a sixth-form boarder who wi l l be there to support and assist your chi ld as they start to settle into l ife as a boarder. Feeling homesick Your chi ld wi l l, inevitably, experience a wide range of emotions in the initial settl ing in period. This is quite normal and we simply ask that you al low them to settle into their new environment by encouraging them to mix with new friends and take part in the activities. Initial ly, please resist the urge to be in contact dai ly. Boarders general ly settle quite quickly into boarding l ife and the security of a routine, but can also experience some homesickness. Contact with parents at home can al leviate this, but a rel iance on too much contact can often make the situation worse. Peer mentoring - care and support
Arrival at and departure from the houses Start of term/re-start of half-term Boarders are expected to return to their houses between 5.00pm and 9.00pm on the evening before the start of term or re-start of half-term. The school cannot accommodate boarders before the publ icised start of term. Parents are asked to inform the housemaster of any late arrival that may be different from the publ ished dates. End of term/half-term break School official ly ends at 1.00pm on the last day of every term and at 5.00pm on the day prior to half-term break. The houses need to be vacated by 5.00pm on the last day of term and 6.00pm on the day before half-term break. The boarding houses are not staffed after this time so it is not possible for any boarder to remain beyond this time, nor are they able to access the house at any stage over the School hol idays. The only exception to this is when a School excursion is leaving the day after School ends. On such occasions, one of the boarding houses wi l l remain open unti l 9.00am the fol lowing day. Only those boarders who are going on the trip wi l l be permitted to stay in the house on these occasions. Exeats/May Day Bank Holiday The School does not have any Exeat weekends, and ful l boarders are able to stay in School throughout term time. However there is an expectation that third and fourth year students are out of the house for the May Bank Hol iday Weekend (Saturday to Monday inclusive). Third and Fourth Year can either go on the activities organised by boarding staff for each day, or stay with parents or guardians. Fifth Year and Sixth Form boarders wi l l be al lowed to remain in the house, as many wi l l be preparing for publ ic exams. 10
11 Travel arrangements for half-terms and holidays Al l boarders should provide precise detai ls of their movements during half-terms and hol idays so we know when our boarders are coming and going from the house, where they are staying, and any fl ight information for students leaving from, and returning to, the UK. We wi l l send out a request for this information approximately two weeks beforehand and we appreciate your support in completing this as soon as possible. Missing School should be avoided wherever possible, but we are aware that boarders' travel plans don' t always fit neatly with the terms dates and times. We encourage parents to make fl ight bookings early; term dates are publ ished two years in advance to ensure that this is possible, and can be found here. Absence requests Requests to leave prior to these times should be the exception, so please ensure you plan your chi ld’s travel arrangements accordingly, and do not plan for an early departure unti l approval has been granted. Requests of up to 24 hours early departure can be made to your chi ld's Housemaster, anything longer wi l l need approval from the Head, and wi l l only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If suitable fl ights are not avai lable on the last day of term or on the day the half-term break begins, parents are asked to book the next avai lable fl ight and arrange for their chi ldren to stay with their guardians unti l then. Weekly boarders Weekly boarders may go home on Friday when their School commitments are complete and should return to the house either on Sunday evening by 9.00pm or on Monday morning by 8.30am for boarding registration. Weekly boarders may choose to stay in School on Friday evening and Saturday morning as they may have matches on Saturdays. Weekly boarders may only stay on Saturday evenings in special circumstances and with the Housemaster’s permission. Parents must contact Housemasters via emai l to confirm this is happening. Arrival at and departure from the houses
Page | 005 Booking taxis Parents should contact their chi ld’s guardian to make transport arrangements between the airport and School. The School does not book taxis on behalf of pupi ls. Parental permission for other forms of travel It is assumed that parents are wi l l ing for their chi ldren to travel in a vehicle driven by a member of staff, who are covered by the School ’s insurance. If you are not driving your chi ld to School, please inform your housemaster of other travel arrangements (e.g. publ ic transport, private car driven by a friend etc.). Bicycles Boarders may keep bicycles at School and should use the locked bicycle sheds. Boarders may ride their bicycle outside the School grounds but helmets must be worn at al l times. Cars Boarders are not al lowed to keep their cars at School. In exceptional circumstances, requests should be made to the Housemaster, who wi l l keep the keys between the agreed times at which the pupi ls can use the car. It is expected that cars left at School are to be used only for commuting from School to home. Only the designated driver may use the car and they may not give l ifts to anyone else. Transport 12
Room allocations We try very hard to ensure room allocations are carried out fairly and appropriately and consideration is given to boarders' preference. Accommodation The three boarding houses have a diverse range of accommodation. Boarders have a desk, individual safe and lockable cupboard / drawer in addition to normal bedroom furniture. We expect boarders to keep their rooms tidy to help the cleaners who come into the houses each morning. We hope that boarders will personalise their room area and using posters is a great way of doing this. Communal areas and facilities Kitchen: Boarders are expected to attend all meals together in the Dining Hall, however, each house also has a kitchen for eating and preparing snacks which is stocked with bread, butter, milk, jam and spreads. A snack tea is provided each day at 5.00pm. Take-aways are only permitted on Friday and Saturday nights. Boarders are expected to wash up their own dishes and cutlery and duty teams of boarders do a final tidy up each evening. This is known colloquially as ‘Squads’. Games rooms: comprise a range of activities such as table tennis, pool tables and table football. TV rooms have large screen televisions and facilities for movie nights. Movies are aimed at the age range of the children watching. Bathroom facilities: The houses all have sufficient showers, toilets and washbasins for the boarders. 13 Boarding provision From 2023, our boarding facilities will be further enhanced by the development of our current boarding houses. The new accommodation will provide cheerful and practical new communal house areas including house rooms, extended study room facilities and kitchenettes. A significant change will see single bedrooms for Sixth Formers.
14 Food All meals are taken in the Dining Hall and boarders are expected to attend. Menus are published in advance and a considerable choice of hot and cold dishes is available. All dietary requirements are catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher and gluten free. Pupils are encouraged to discuss catering issues and concerns through a polite, direct approach or through the School Food Committee or Boarders’ Council nominated representatives. Devices All pupils are expected to have a laptop to use for School work, and each house has wireless internet throughout. Abingdon aims to provide boarders with the same internet freedoms they would enjoy at home, but the School has an additional duty of care towards its boarding community to provide a safe, secure and healthy environment in which to live and work. This includes a duty of care towards the pupils with regard to adequate sleep and development of social skills. Long periods spent online or using computers can be a cause for concern and Housemasters will exercise their duty of care when necessary in this regard. Laptops and phones should not be used during lesson time, prep or after lights out. Boarders in the third and fourth years need to hand all electronic devices in before bedtime during the School week for safekeeping. Please make sure laptops and phones are named and insured. Personal items are not covered by the School's insurance. Boarding provision
Role of staff The boarding Housemasters have overal l responsibi l ity for the welfare of pupi ls in their houses and are in loco parentis. They are ably assisted by an Assistant Boarding Housemaster, a team of tutors, a house matron and a team of cleaners. Boarding as a teenager brings with it al l the hopes and expectations of chi ldren growing up to be young adults, ready for university and whatever l ife has to offer. Along the way, there wi l l inevitably be times of anxiety, concern and difficulty as wel l as times of real celebration and happiness. Supported by a highly experienced team of tutors, matrons, the Chaplaincy, Counsel lor and Health Centre doctor and nurses, we aim to offer the support, care and personal attention to every student in our houses so that they genuinely look back on a very special, and successful time as boarders. Well-being of boarders We hope that your chi ld wi l l feel able to talk to staff about any issue. Often pupi ls wi l l talk to certain teachers or their house matron; it doesn’t matter who they talk to as long as we can help and be there for them. Al l staff are trained to deal with issues, understand confidential ity and the need to refer matters at other times. Each house has a mobi le phone and the duty member of staff is avai lable at any given time. Your chi ld should make sure this number is in their mobi le, so that they are always able to contact the member of staff on duty within the house. Parents are also encouraged to use this number to make contact with the house and speak to the member of staff on duty. It is a good first point of contact for general enquiries that do not require a specific member of staff but unless it is an emergency please cal l between 8.00am and 10.00pm UK time. Al l boarders must provide updated mobi le numbers to Housemasters. Boarders update phones frequently and we need to be able to contact them. A confidential box can be found in each house and is checked regularly for any concerns that have been posted by boarders. A whistleblower pol icy exists to support anyone who wishes to raise concerns but is worried about the impl ications. 15 Pastoral care Each pupil is known and cared for
Prefects/mentors The Head of House and house prefects are appointed from the Upper Sixth by the Housemaster. They are essential ly the conduit between boarder and the house staff where necessary. Prefects’ responsibi l ities include assisting the staff in the running of the boarding house and helping in both the pastoral support and safeguarding of welfare of the pupi ls in their house. Prefects are expected to use their status and authority in a mature and sensitive manner and, in turn, expect the respect of those under their care. They are given guidance by the Housemaster in how to carry out their duties and in safeguarding and chi ld protection. Role of tutors Your chi ld’s tutor is normal ly the first point of contact about School-related matters. You wi l l receive reports throughout the year and we wi l l contact you on any specific issues relating to your chi ld’s education or welfare. Please contact your chi ld’s tutor with any information that might influence their welfare and happiness or if you have any concerns about their l ife at School. Tutors wi l l make contact with parents early in the first term and exchange contact detai ls. Page | 005 16 Pastoral care There is a caring atmosphere throughout the school. - ISI Inspection
10 pairs of socks and underwear 2 changes of nightwear Own clothes for evenings and weekends Slippers / flip-flops 2 bath towels and personal toiletries Single duvet, a pillow, two duvet covers and two pillow covers Naming clothes Name tapes for labelling all clothes are required and parents should order these in good time. Spare labels should be given to your child’s house matron. Please ensure everything is named prior to your child arriving at Abingdon. Clothing requirements Boarders wear School uniform until 5.00pm when they may change into their own clothes. School uniform can be purchased online from our uniform supplier, Stevensons. In addition to school uniform, we suggest that boarders should have: For new boarders, uniform and other essential items may be purchased online and sent to your child at the Faringdon Lodge address (available on page 1). 17 Personal belongings Laundry All School laundry is done on site. Boarders will have a named shelf on which to store spare clothes and matrons will place clean laundry on the shelf. Bed linen is changed weekly and boarders place used sheets and pillowcases in the laundry baskets by 8.30am on change-over day. Socks are packed into sock bags (please note, these are provided by the School and charged to your account). How much to bring? Please do not send your child with excessive amounts of clothing and personal items. As a guide, your child should be able to fit all their luggage in one suitcase and one holdall.
All items should be clearly named. Each boarder has a safe and a lockable cupboard in their room that they can use to store valuables. Pupils should not borrow items from others without asking. Damage to property should be reported to the House Matron so that repairs can be made quickly. If damage is caused deliberately, the cost of repair to property belonging to either the School or another pupil may be charged to a parents’ bill and parents will be informed. In the rare event of a suspected theft, it should be reported swiftly and will be investigated. Valuable items and passports may be handed into house staff for safekeeping. Money Bank accounts can be set up with any bank in Abingdon. If necessary, Housemasters will provide a letter from the School confirming your child’s residence at Abingdon, although, if possible, international students should seek assistance from their guardians in setting up a bank account prior to arriving at Abingdon. House bank The Assistant Boarding Housemasters in each house run a house bank that boarders can deposit and withdraw money from. Parents can also set a limit on how much money they would like their child to withdraw each week. Caring for belongings Boarders should take care of their own property and show respect for the property of others and of the School at all times. 18 Personal belongings
8.25am each day: Registration in house During the School day al l students, day and boarding, are registered in their Tutor Periods and in Period 7 5.00pm each day: Registration in house 7.00pm each day: Registration in house A register is also taken at l ights-out Saturday: Registration at 9.45am, 1.00pm and 7.00pm Sunday: Registration at 1.00pm and 7.00pm A register is also taken at l ights-out on Saturday and Sunday, and the tutor on duty on Sunday does a walk of the house and takes the register at the start of their duty. Signing in and out The Housemaster and the house staff have a duty to know the whereabouts, and ensure the safety, of the boarders at al l times during the term. Any time a boarder wants to go off-site in the evenings or at the weekend, they need to sign in and out in person with the duty tutor, saying where they are going, who they are going with and what time they expect to be back. Boarders are required to inform the member of staff on duty as soon as they return to the house. Regular registrations are taken as follows Weekday registration: Weekend registration: 19 Registration
Absence from School lessons Parents must ask, and receive, permission for any leave of absence from School for their chi ldren. Boarding Housemasters can approve a pupi l missing a single day of School. Any longer periods of absence need to be approved by the Headmaster or Second Master. Weekend absence for full boarders Ful l boarders wishing to go away for the weekend, or weekly boarders wishing to spend the weekend in the boarding house, require permission from the Housemaster and wi l l be asked to fi l l in a form providing al l the pertinent detai ls. The Housemaster wi l l require written authorisation from the boarder’s parents and the responsible adult who wi l l be hosting them. This correspondence should be received by Thursday 9.00pm before the relevant weekend. Boarders are expected to be present for their al located weekend School sports fixtures. If students require permission to be absent, this must be sought at least a week in advance from the Head. Visitors and absence 20 Visitors Boarders can invite other pupi ls into their house as guests but must ask permission from the duty staff member and sign the guests in and out. Guests should be accompanied at al l times, and only visit the common areas of the house. Any guests from outside the School wi l l require the Housemaster’s permission to come into the house. Parents and guardians are always welcome to come and visit their chi ldren during term time. We ask that you contact the Housemaster in advance of any visit. On arrival, please let the duty member of staff know you have arrived. For safeguarding reasons, we ask that parents and guardians do not go into boarders' bedrooms but remain in the communal areas of the house (the exception to this is at the beginning and end of terms to help your chi ld pack or unpack). Parents and guardians welcome to visit Through boarding, I have been able to get to know people of many different nationalities; my understanding of varied cultures has risen and my grasp of different languages has grown. -A boarder
21 Fire regulations and practice Fire-extinguishing equipment is checked monthly, fire safety checks are carried out regularly and fire practices are held at least once a term. Al l boarders are briefed on fire evacuation procedures. Electrical appl iances are checked every term for safety and every boarder’s electrical items are regularly tested. Boarders may contact duty staff at any time on the house duty mobi le. Doors leading into the boarding houses are fitted with keypad locks. Visitors must be signed in and out of boarding houses. Boarders must inform the duty staff whenever they go off-site and as soon as they return. School gates are closed at night. Electric sockets must not be overloaded. Windows are fitted with safety restrictors. Pupi ls must not cl imb over gates or wal ls. Cooking equipment (e.g. kettles) is only al lowed in the house kitchens and not in bedrooms. Safety and security The boarding houses are kept secure and the safety of boarders is enhanced in various ways: Safety and security Houses are kept secure and the safety of boarders is a priority Duty staff may be contacted at any time
Page | 005 The boarding houses fol low the School ’s system of rewards and sanctions, which can be viewed here. As a boarding community, we also approach discipl ine as parents might at home, matching sanction to inconsiderate behaviour. In addition, boarders’ equipment such as mobi le phones and computers may be confiscated for improper use. Peer relations and bullying We acknowledge that l iving together can be chal lenging and requires the development of patience, consideration and diplomacy. The School has an effective pol icy on bul lying and al l pupi ls are encouraged to speak up swiftly about bul lying or any physical or verbal abuse. Attempts are then made to defuse tensions where they occur between particular pupi ls and to repair relations before any pupi l is tempted to engage in verbal or physical bul lying. Drugs; alcohol and smoking; and management of disciplinary incidents We adhere to the School pol icies on drugs and substances, alcohol and smoking. However, boarders over the age of 18 may sign out and visit a pub with the Housemaster’s permission, and on occasion, the Housemaster may offer an alcohol ic drink to sixth form students at house social occasions. In any discipl inary matter, the School pol icy on guidel ines for discipl inary interviews with pupi ls wi l l be fol lowed and parents wi l l be informed. 22 Rewards, sanctions and expectations of behaviour
Health Centre The experienced Health Centre team is made up of: the senior nurse, assistant nurse and four health care assistants. A doctor, the senior nurse, a paramedic, physiotherapist and first-aiders provide pitch-side support for rugby and footbal l matches. Registering with a GP Boarders are registered with Dr Khan of The Malthouse Surgery in Abingdon. The Doctor holds a weekly surgery at 8.00am every Tuesday in our Health Centre and chi ldren may also have appointments at The Malthouse Surgery at other times. A brief medical examination is made of new boarders shortly after their arrival at School. This helps to identify any medical problems and al lows your chi ld to fami l iarise themselves with our Health Centre. Any significant medical condition needs to be communicated by parents to the Health Centre and your chi ld’s Housemaster. Contact Details Telephone: +44 (0)1235 849059 Duty mobile: +44 (0)7748 591057 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours 08:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 on Saturdays during the Michaelmas and Lent terms 10:00 - 14:00 on Saturdays during the Summer term Out of hours - One of the Health Centre team is on call outside of our opening hours 23 Medical information GP Referrals Should your chi ld need to be referred to a special ist, we wi l l notify parents. Boarders may be accompanied to appointments by parents (if practical), guardians, or a member of School staff. Referrals can be made on the National Health Service (NHS) or privately for those who have private medical insurance. The School offers a private medical scheme, detai ls of which are avai lable through the Finance Department. Medication Al l medication, including natural or herbal remedies, should be suppl ied in its original packaging, label led with your chi ld’s name and handed to the Senior Nurse or Matron on arrival at School. If your chi ld has an Epipen or Asthma inhaler, they wi l l be directed by the senior nurse or matron what to do. Please note we can only accept medications with instructions in Engl ish.
Matron The Health Centre team works closely with boarding house matrons. Matrons may treat minor illnesses and can seek advice when needed. Matrons also support taking boarders to the Minor Injuries Unit and hospital when necessary and play a key role in liaising between home and School on medical matters. Medical consent Parents should complete the medical form prior to their child starting at School. The form will ask for details of your child’s medical history. It requires parents to give consent for medical staff to administer medicines (including Paracetamol or Ibuprofen) and first-aid treatment; for an annual influenza vaccination to be given; and for other immunisations to be administered as recommended by the Department of Health. It also asks for permission for a Housemaster to act in loco parentis so that, on rare occasions when a parent cannot be contacted, consent can be given for emergency treatment, operations etc. Local hospitals The Minor Injuries Unit is at Abingdon Hospital and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre) are within easy access. Most private referrals are made to the Manor Hospital, Oxford. Medical treatment during holidays In the event of your child being ill during the holidays, they will not be able to stay in the Health Centre and you or their guardian should be prepared to collect them. The same applies at weekends for weekly boarders. If your child requires treatment in the UK during the holidays, you can register them as a ‘Temporary Resident’. Remember to inform the Health Centre of any treatment upon your child’s return to School. Medical confidentiality Most medical matters do not need strict confidentiality and it is often best that staff know what is happening. We encourage pupils to discuss their medical care with their parents, although a patient’s expectation of confidentiality must be respected. Any child over 16 years old may give consent for their own treatment. If under 16, but considered mature enough, they can also give consent. All pupils are entitled to the same level of medical confidentiality as anyone else. Medical computer record systems are separate and secure from the School system to ensure confidentiality. Please note, this may mean your child chooses not to tell you about any treatment they are receiving. 24 Medical information
School Day 08:35 - 08:55 Tutor period / Chapel / assembly 09:00 - 10:45 Lessons 10:45 - 11:05 Break 11:10 - 12:05 Lesson 12:10 - 13:05 Lesson / lunch / activity 13:05 - 13:55 Lunch 14:00 - 14:55 Lesson 15:00 - 15:55 Lessons / OH activities on Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00 OH activities Evening 17:00 - 17:15 Registration and tea 17:05 - 18:30 Free time / activities 18:15 - 18:45 Dinner, followed by registration 19:00 - 20:30 Prep 20:30 - Bed In-house activities / Free time Lights out 3rd Year: 21:45 4th Year: 22:00 5th Year: 22:15 Lower Sixth: 22:45 In room Upper Sixth: 23:00 25 Timetables and routines Weekday timetable During the week, the School day follows the timetable below: Before School 07:30 Wake up 07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast 08:25 - 08:35 Boarding Registration
26 Timetables and routines Weekend timetable Morning 08:30 Wake up 08:45 - 09:30 Breakfast, followed by registration 10:00 - 11:30 Saturday morning programme Af ternoon 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch, followed by registration 13:15 - 18:15 Sports fixtures or free time Evening 18:15 - 19:00 Dinner, followed by registration 19:00 - 23:00 Free time / Trip / Social / Activity Morning Sleep-in with continental breakfast in house for those who want it (you may need to get up for a trip) 10:30 - 12:30 Brunch Af ternoon 12:30 - 13:00 Free time, followed by registration 13:00 - 18:15 Free time / Trip / Activity Evening 18:15 - 19:00 Dinner, followed by registration 19:00 - 22:30 Free time Sunday Saturday Lights out 3rd Year: 22:00 4th Year: 22:15 5th Year: 22:30 Sixth Form: In rooms by 23:00 Lights out 3rd Year: 21:45 4th Year: 22:00 5th Year: 22:15 Lower Sixth: 22:45 Activity programme There is a boarders’ activity programme every weekend with activities arranged on differing times and days, including occasional Friday evenings. Younger boarders are required to sign up for a range of trips and activities, while sixth form boarders are also strongly encouraged to take part. There are also weekly sports fixtures that all pupils are regularly involved in as well as lectures, performances of music and drama and trips that all members of the School (day and boarding) are invited to. Please encourage your child to make the most of the wonderful range of opportunities available. Activity costs and consent The majority of trips and events for boarders are included in your fees. However, up to an additional £150 each year may be charged to help subsidise the cost of some of the more expensive trips, such as meals out or visits to theme parks, paintballing etc. We will not seek additional permission for these charges, so please advise if you do not wish your child to take part in these activities. At the beginning of each academic year, parents will need to complete an electronic consent form which allows their child to take part in the varied activities programme. Boarding news Parents can keep track of all the fun activities their children are doing by visiting the boarding news page on the School website. In room Upper Sixth: 23:00
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