OLD SWINFORD HOSPITAL IS A HAPPY, VIBRANT AND DISTINCTIVE STATE BOARDING SCHOOL WHERE TRADITION, COMMUNITY AND VALUES SIT COMFORTABLY ALONGSIDE INNOVATION
For nearly 360 years, Old Swinford Hospital (OSH for short) has held values deeply rooted in the beliefs of its founder, industrialist and MP Thomas Foley. He opened the School in 1667 to develop the skills and attributes required for young people to make a difference in the wider world. An ethos the School continues to this day.
Rated ‘Outstanding for boarding’ by Ofsted and bringing together boarders and day students within its community, OSH prides itself on offering a unique educational experience where learning doesn’t end at the afternoon school bell.
Staff understand and respond to the individual and collective personalities of students, and help each find and develop his or her own voice. Diversity of life is embraced, and learning to live – not simply work – alongside one another is a life skill that cannot be underestimated. ‘Pupils live together, learn together and thrive at Old Swinford Hospital’ – Ofsted Preparing pupils for the future underpins everything we do. Through a broad academic curriculum and co-curricular opportunities, OSH encourages pupils to ‘discover who they can be’.
Academically, OSH ranks highly nationally in terms of progress, attainment and educational performance. All pupils encounter great variety in their day; from sports to Shakespeare, coding to Mandarin; tech to drama and dance. Students take end of year exams as well as regular topic tests to assess personal Old Swinford Hospital learning and academic development. A-level and BTEC students have support with focused careers guidance, work experience and university applications.
There’s opportunity at OSH with Tailored Boarding Designed with busy families in mind, Tailored Boarding allows you the flexibility to fit school and your son or daughter’s extracurricular activities around your working patterns and family lifestyle, in a shared community where your child will grow in independence and confidence. Tailored boarding allows boarders to stay over whenever they like. You and your child will have all the advantages of boarding at an ‘Outstanding’ school with the opportunity to choose when and how often you access boarding facilities and co-curricular activities. You have the freedom to decide whether your child stays over, or comes and goes before and after the school day, to fit with their busy club and social schedules both in and out of school, integrated with your home life. Plus, all meals are included in the fees and our expert boarding teams will ensure homework is done, on time!
OSH’s co-curriculum offers breadth and inventiveness with a full programme of sporting, cultural and intellectual pursuits. Students have more than 45 activities on offer – most of which are included in the boarding fees. Pupils will find themselves stimulated and stretched, and regularly introduced to new activities so they can prove to themselves that they can venture into the unknown and achieve what they once thought was beyond them.
They can develop their adventure skills through the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh Award; nurture their performing arts talents in our new Drama and Dance Studios; or extend their sporting ability with national and regional champion teams. Not to mention the many inter-house competitions for some friendly rivalry.
Importantly, the School has a strong culture of pastoral care for all students. In boarding, our dedicated support teams provide a uniquely stimulating and supportive environment in which all can flourish. Boys and girls each have their own space in the boarding houses which we encourage they make their own so they can feel at home, away from home.
We welcome all families interested in boarding to see for yourselves what a distinctive community OSH is. We’d be happy to give you a personal tour of our houses and facilities, and taster stays are available. To arrange your personal boarding tour, contact email@example.com or 01384 817325.
Admissions: Tailored Boarding, Flexi-Boarding and Day places available for boys and girls in Year 7.
Rated OUTSTANDING for boarding by Ofsted (2019 and 2022).
Fees per term: Tailored Boarding £4,320 and Flexi-Boarding £2,160.
Open Morning on Saturday, 16 September For more information, visit www.oshsch.com