It is our aim to nurture a sense of well-being and security by providing accommodation which gives students the space to be themselves and to grow in maturity and confidence.
The identification of the most appropriate accommodation for a student begins at the admissions interview. In addition, all students are offered on-going help with any problem relating to their accommodation: College staff will work together to make sure any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.
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A safe and convenient home-from-home
St. Ebbe’s is made up of purpose-built Oxford Sixth Form College accommodation, with 50 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table.
Pensons Gardens is made up of purpose-built Oxford Sixth Form College accommodation, with 20 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table.
In each boarding house and in line with National Minimum Standards, genders are separated using a ‘Salto’ access system which restricts access in the building but enables all students to access common areas. Breakfast is laid out from 07:00 and students are able to choose cereals, porridge, toast, muffins and fresh fruit. Juices, tea and coffee are always available. The evening meal is freshly cooked daily and there are always two or more options. There is communal space on each floor of each boarding house consisting of an arrangement of sofas, a table and chairs, television with Netflix and a range of puzzles, games and drawing books.
The boarding houses are cleaned daily in the common areas and the students’ bedrooms are cleaned fortnightly. Clean bed sheets are provided weekly. There are also laundry facilities for the students to use: house parents will help the students with this until they feel confident in doing it themselves.
Security is a priority for us, and the boarding houses have CCTV cameras in all the common areas including outside the front door and are manned 24/7 by houseparents; one during weekdays, with two at the weekends and two at night. The houseparents are highly trained both in security and pastoral care. They get to know the students very quickly, which aids the support and care they provide.
The regular and frequent communication between the College’s Senior Tutors and the Head of Boarding is excellent and provides everyone with a holistic picture of each student in our care. Each morning the boarding staff email the College with the student checks, which tell us which students have had breakfast or have left for College. Students that are unwell are identified and follow-up correspondence takes place throughout the day. At night, curfew checks also take place, and any students who are late are contacted immediately by the houseparents to ensure their safe return.
For students aged 18 or 19 when joining the College and wanting to live in independent accommodation we recommend Between Towns Court, a fifteen-minute bus journey from the College. Please do note that Between Towns Court is not a College boarding house and is not manned by College house parents. Students choosing to live at Between Towns Court will need to book and pay for their room at Between Towns Court directly.
For further details about the rooms and facilities and to book, please visit the Between Towns Court website
A further option is for students to stay with one of our approved host families. Students have a single study bedroom, with their breakfast and evening meal provided. Some homes also offer kitchen access for students who wish to make their own snacks. Host family accommodation in Oxford is limited, so you will need to discuss your requirements as soon as possible with the Accommodation and Welfare Officer.
Close contact is maintained with host families, most of whom have been housing our students for a number of years. All accommodation new to the College is carefully inspected and checked with the police before being recommended. Home-stays are usually a single bus journey away on a direct route that should take no more than 20 minutes – occasionally a little longer at peak times. Oxford has a regular and safe bus service that runs late into the evening.
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