Old Swinford Hospital, founded in 1667, is a happy, vibrant and very distinctive state boarding school where traditions and values sit comfortably alongside innovation. We seek to provide real opportunities and encouragement, and pride ourselves on getting the balance right between academic success, nurturing individual character and preparing our pupils for their future lives.
We offer admission for three different types of boarders: full, weekly or flexi-boarders (boys only) and day students in the Sixth Form (both boys and girls). Typically, full and weekly boarders join us in Years 7, 9 and 12, and flexi-boarders in Years 7.
The boarding experience at OSH can be defined in one word 'community'. The strength of our community is something that we think sets us apart by providing a welcoming, supportive and upbeat environment. The happiness, welfare and recognition of each child lie at the heart of all that we do.
All Year 7 boys join Prospect House for their first year. This is a small, modern, yet homely house with a live-in Housemaster, boarding tutor and matron on hand to provide an attentive and supportive environment. On leaving Prospect, boarders join one of six houses, each with its own identity. New for 2016 will be a dedicated boarding house for Sixth Formers.
An innovative and stimulating academic programme is central to life at OSH. With our dedicated teaching staff on-hand Monday to Saturday (we have Saturday school for Years 7-11), we have the right people in place to encourage and support our pupils' academic progress and challenge them to continually aim high.
The School has an impressive range of modern sporting facilities that we encourage pupils to take full advantage of. Trying and appreciating new sports is an important part of the OSH experience. Basketball, cricket, football and netball are well supported. We are also well-known for our rugby and we've seen our pupils represent the school regionally, nationally and internationally.
Pupils find themselves stimulated, stretched and introduced to new and unusual activities with refreshing regularity. We want them to have hobbies and interests which enrich their future years. We want them to prove to themselves that they can venture into the unknown and achieve what they once thought was beyond them.
Nearly a third of our pupils choose to play a musical instrument and we have a real breadth of opportunity for them to rehearse and perform, both at school and on tour.
DofE and CCF activities are run both off and on-site. In addition, organised activities take place virtually every weekend during term time, with supervised groups of boarders heading off around the country in search of outdoor fun and adventure. With a full range of activities available on and off-site, our pupils are spoilt for choice.
We look forward to meeting you in person at one of our open events or during an individual appointment