Boarding is a real strength and very much part of Appleford life. Our Houses reflect the need to create a warm, nurturing ‘home’ for our children and our excellent Houseparents work tirelessly to ensure that this is achieved.
There are four boarding houses, one in the local village (Maddington House) and three on the main school site (Elm House, Willow House and The Beeches). Pupils are accommodated within their age groups, in small dormitories and bedrooms. Each boarding house has its own common room (with a range of games, books, TV and DVDs) where the pupils can relax in the evening. Facilities for the older pupils include kitchen areas where hot drinks and snacks can be prepared by the pupils as part of their personal independence.
On the weekends a variety of activities and educational trips are offered, ranging from trips to the cinema, pantomime, museums, ice-skating or visiting the local BMX track, to name just a few. All of these activities provide an enhanced educational experience for our pupils, giving them the opportunity to try new things, develop skills, form friendships and have fun. In addition, there are many activities scheduled on site including barbeques, cake decorating, trips to the gym or just watching a film and eating popcorn. There are normally two exeat weekends per term when all pupils go home or to a guardian in the UK. Appleford also operates a ‘flexi boarding’ facility which allows for day pupils to ‘stay over’ whenever required.
All boarders take it in turns to undertake ‘Dorm Duties’ and there is an established system of House Prefects to reward and encourage responsibility.
All meals are home cooked on site by our dedicated team of chefs, including full roast dinners every Sunday.
Mrs Gray, our Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care (also a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Designated Safeguarding Lead) oversees the Houseparents and their teams of staff to ensure that boarders are fully supported.