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Boarding at Sibford

Be You. Be Independent.

Boarding at Sibford School is an enriching, positive experience where all are encouraged to live adventurously. 

We take boarders from Year 7 and ensure we provide an environment where all of our students feel valued, respected and part of the community. In our friendly boarding house, we give our boarders the opportunity to develop not only socially but also personally and intellectually. 

Being a boarder at Sibford School is a great experience and one where memories that will last a lifetime are made. Having only a small number of boarders means that both pupils and staff get know each other well and there is a strong, supportive family atmosphere. 

Why board at Sibford School?

Strong ethos

Sibford School’s Quaker ethos has underpinned all policies and practices since the school was founded in 1842, and we strive to create and maintain a culture in which all members of the community can be themselves, developing confidence, self-esteem and tolerance by ensuring a secure setting in which they feel valued and respected.

Homely feel

The aim of our boarding provision is to provide a safe ‘home from home’ environment for our boarders and we feel that the community atmosphere of Sibford School is supportive and nurturing for all our boarders.

Our houses are run by House Parents (some of whom are also teachers) who work hard to create a family style environment. 

Diverse Community

We are proud of the wide range of backgrounds that boarders bring with them to Sibford and feel this adds an international dimension to a rural school. This in turn adds to the diversity of Sibford and provides increased understanding of different cultures for all.

Excellent pastoral care

The boarding environment is sensitive to the needs of all individuals. Our aim is to have an emphasis on the pastoral support that strongly reflects the school’s Ethos and provides outstanding care for boarders. Our House Parents and pastoral staff are always on hand to talk to boarders and ensure they are having the best possible experience. We appreciate that living away from home is a big change, so we keep a watchful eye to support and help the children and make they are comfortable and feel part of the family. 

Staff get to know our boarders well, and, like parents, try to keep informed of their progress at school, whilst also giving them a secure home to retreat to from the pressures of academic work.

Boarding Options

We offer various boarding options here at Sibford School with family and work life in mind:

Full boarding

Full time boarders live on site in a boarding house at Sibford School for seven nights a week during term time. The school is responsible for the pupil’s care and well-being 24 hours a day. Full boarding fees include: 

  • Accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Help with travel arrangements 
  • Health care
  • All meals during the week
  • Weekend brunch and Sunday evening meal at weekends plus a food allowance and a supply of staple foods (milk, bread, fruit etc.)
Weekly boarding 

This option works well for students who have a lengthy daily commute to Sibford School, but still want to travel back home at weekends. Students have the option to arrive on Sunday night or Monday morning and depart on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Students can now regularly stay for one to five nights a week, meaning the school can work effectively around family life and work commitments.

Click here to learn more about weekly boarding.

Flexi boarding

This boarding option means pupils can board for the occasional night if they wish. The cost includes 24-hour care, full board with meals and bed linen. 

We offer a 50% discount on the cost of occasional boarding should your child be staying over as the result of a school-based event such as an open evening, sports fixture or school trip.

Click here to see our 2023/24 Fee Schedule.

Get in touch

If you are interested in boarding at Sibford School, we invite you to attend an upcoming open event and look at our boarding facilities.

To book an event, please complete the below form or contact Elle, Admissions Registrar here for a 1:1 meeting with our Head of Boarding, and Toby, Head. 

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