To see a snapshot of what it’s like to be a boarder at OSH, watch our boarding life video.
Meet Vicky, a mother who has two sons currently boarding at the school, and discover some of the benefits both she and her sons have experienced, by joining the OSH community.
With everything from exeats and parent visits, to social media and our Virtual Learning Environment, keeping in regular contact is not only very easy at OSH; it’s the norm.
Our unwavering focus on all the little details means that when pupils return home for holidays and weekends, their prep, laundry and organisation will be in hand so that you, as parents, can enjoy precious free time with your child.
Find out about all the fun there is to be had at OSH, from our resident boarder and budding musician, Fergus, who is enjoying his first year in Prospect House.
OSH has a long tradition of boarding children from forces families, so our academic and pastoral staff are well aware of what is needed to support them.
The school quickly gets to know and understand all our children and remains a flexible community that adjusts to their individual needs. We understand that forces children may need time off from lessons at short notice because a family member has received late news of a posting or has a few days unexpected leave. Whenever separation and anxiety occur, our matrons, housemasters, nurses and chaplain are all on hand to provide support and encouragement.
The school’s headmaster Paul Kilbride is a former pupil at British Army Schools, so he is very familiar with the unique circumstances of forces children. For him, the schools were St Patrick’s, Queen’s and then Windsor, all BFPO 40 – JQH Rheindahlen. As someone who can readily remember his friends having to deal with the pressure of change caused by regular postings and the emotional toll of having loved ones sometimes a long way away, he is keen to make OSH a welcoming place to study as well as a ‘home from home’ for boarding pupils.
At the school, values are important and OSH prides itself on its focus of academic achievement for all and the development of the whole child through a diverse and exciting co-curricular programme: sport and outward bounds, music and drama all thrive here. Our aim is to put all of our pupils in a position where when they leave us they are confident and capable young people, ready to make an impact for the common good.
Boarding is, of course, a big step for all children. We encourage forces families to pay us a visit and see, for themselves, what makes OSH so distinctive and how we are able to play such a big and positive role in the lives of our children.
A live-in housemaster, boarding tutor and matron are on-hand at all times to provide an attentive and supportive environment, with further support provided by our Chaplain, residential nurse, Medical Centre, Sixth Form mentors and senior pupils. With a mixture of weekly and full boarders and an excellent 24 hour pastoral care team, there are always people around to guide our boarders as they settle in.
On leaving Prospect House, boarders join one of six houses: Maybury, Baxter, Potter, Foley, Dudley and Witley – each with its own identity. Every boarding house provides a warm, safe and friendly community in which pupils, can grow physically, emotionally and academically. All of our boys are provided with work stations, lockable wardrobes or trunks and they may (within reason) personalise their living spaces, allowing them to create a real home-from-home.
Whilst the school dining hall provides boarders with three nutritious meals a day, all houses also have their own kitchens equipped with fridges, toasters, microwaves and kettles where boarders can prepare snacks under staff supervision. Pizza nights are a popular event and boarders often cook for one another, having first honed their skills in our Food Technology building. They will impress you with their culinary prowess when they come home!
|Per Term||Per Annum|
|Boarders (Years 7 – 13)||£3,800||£11,400|
|Flexi-Boarders (Years 7 – 13)||£1,900||£5,700|
To request a copy of our application form, please contact admissions on 01384 817325 or fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we’ll be in touch.
As one of the UK’s leading state boarding schools and with teachers who are parents themselves, we understand just how big a decision it is to entrust your child’s education, welfare and development to the care of others, however knowledgeable and experienced they may be.
For this reason, familiarisation visits and taster weekends can play a very important part in the process of deciding on whether boarding is for you. Our programme of Open Days and a ‘Come on Board’ evening offered each autumn provides a wonderful opportunity for your son to discover what makes OSH such an exciting and vibrant boarding school. We can also arrange sleepovers on request, so give us a call and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
To help new pupils settle in, we also run an induction programme for boys and their families in the summer before they start. With a schedule of fun-filled activities, they will be able to get to know the other pupils, so when they join us the following September, they will be guaranteed to see a few familiar faces. This event is also a really good opportunity for new parents to get to meet one another and to be introduced to our very dynamic Parents’ Association.
Saturday 16 September 2017 – 09:00-11:00 (all year groups)
Thursday 5 October 2017 – 17:30-19:00
Come on Board – Experience what it’s like to be a boarder
Saturday 14 October 2017 – 09:00-11:00 (sixth form)
Saturday 12 May 2018 – 09:00-11:00 (all year groups)
If you need any further help or advice, please leave us your details and a member of the OSH admissions team will be in touch. Alternatively give us a call on 01384 817325 and we'll be happy to help.