Boarding at Rye offers our families a range of options in welcoming, safe and secure surroundings:
• Termly (full)
Our beautiful 12-acre site is just a mile from the centre of Oxford and readily accessible from London and from Heathrow and Gatwick airports via a highly convenient area transport network.
All pupils are offered the opportunity to board for taster nights, and arrangements can be made for a trial night prior to joining the school.
Our boarding houses have a warm and friendly family atmosphere and reflect our guiding principle of respect for one another. Living in a relaxed environment where they can be themselves, girls are given scope to develop both as individuals and as members of the boarding community and the wider school community. Girls are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for themselves and to try new things, and they are helped to develop and value a strong network of friends.
The two boarding houses are each in the charge of two Housemistresses and their team of Assistants:
• The Cottage for Years 11, 12 and 13 (girls aged 15-19)
• The Croft for Year 3 to Year 10 (girls aged 8-15)
Younger boarders are accommodated in The Croft in shared rooms for between two and five girls. The Croft has a comfortable common room with a variety of recreational facilities and computers.
The Cottage houses our older pupils, each in single study bedrooms (45 in total). The house benefits from its own courtyard patio garden, dining room, kitchen, common rooms, computer rooms, careers library and laundry facilities.
A busy programme of activities and trips is offered for evenings and weekends, girls and staff planning the programme together. Arts and crafts, baking, sports, socials with other schools, shopping trips, ice-skating and bowling, cultural events and trips to theatres, theme parks, London, Bath, Warwick and the seaside are all popular. Time can be spent with friends, playing games, chatting with staff or watching a DVD, or girls can curl up with a book, listen to music or use the internet. Boarders also enjoy the opportunities of the extra-curricular programme available for all pupils and including ballet, drama, fencing, sports and fitness.
Rye’s community life enables the school to provide an education concerned with the development of the whole person. Pupils are helped to understand their strengths and weaknesses and the reasons for their successes and failures; they are encouraged to accept challenges and learn initiative and independence; they have many opportunities to contribute to decisions for the school community, thereby learning how to play an active part in the school community and in future communities to which they will belong.