The overall quality of the boarding provision is excellent and the effectiveness with which overseas pupils are integrated into the boarding community is particularly strong. ISI report 2015 ~ to view a full copy of the ISI report click here.
International pupils are welcomed into the Sibford School community and benefit from the wide variety of cultural and academic opportunities available.
The school has a specialist ESOL department (English to Speakers of Other Languages) staffed by experienced TEFL teachers dedicated to helping our students acquire the language skills needed for academic achievement.
Our ESOL support can be divided into three distinct areas:
Pupils are assessed when they enter the school and a personalised programme of study with trained specialists is created.
Diversity is celebrated and we have students from many different countries. However, we are well aware that many parents choose to send their children to school in the UK so that they can fully experience British life. All international students are therefore encouraged to participate in the full life of the school. We also organise a variety of excursions to places of cultural and historic interest.
Exeat weekends and Staycations
Following feedback from parents and guardians of boarders, Sibford School has scrapped the traditional termly exeat weekends in favour of enriching ‘Staycations’.
Rather than having to go home or visit guardians, pupils can choose to stay at school over the ‘Exeat Staycation’ and enjoy a range of programmes and trips.
‘Exeat Staycations’ take place in September, November, January and March. Attendance is voluntary and, should parents wish, pupils are still free to leave school over these weekends. Please note, additional charges may apply depending on the nature of the activities.
The only compulsory Exeat Weekend we now have is over the long weekend of the early May Bank Holiday. For this weekend only the boarding houses will be closed and all boarders will be expected to go to home or to guardians.