Swanbourne House School is now the only co-educational, full boarding prep school in Buckinghamshire. Boarding has been at the heart of our school for 100 years and we pride ourselves on our excellent standard of care. The Boarding House is a home away from home, with a strong nurturing, diverse, family feel. The children enjoy lots of fun and adventures together!
Children may live as a boarder at Swanbourne from the 7s, with most children starting their boarding life in the 8s or 9s as they prepare to move on to full or weekly boarding places at senior schools across the country. We have approximately 35-40 full and weekly boarders and another 40 children who flexi-board for 2-3 nights per week. Children come into boarding from local areas within Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire; we have children who board nationally from across the United Kingdom; and children come to us from a range of international backgrounds around the globe. We also have a good deal of experience of working with military families.
Our Houseparents, Mr & Mrs Talkington (or Mr & Mrs T as they are better known), and the boarding team strive to provide a caring atmosphere that makes settling in to boarding a gentle process. Our Boarding House was renovated in 2019 and the comfortable, modern and spacious shared bedrooms offer stunning sights across the region with views of our beautiful woods and parkland and the rolling Buckinghamshire hills beyond.
The routine in boarding gradually increases the children’s ability to manage their time and organise their academic work, other school commitments and personal belongings. We carefully guide and support the children as they learn how to become more independent, thoughtful, tolerant and considerate. By the time they reach the Upper School, our boarders are exceptional leaders and role models. We frequently receive great praise from Senior School Housemasters/Housemistresses when our pupils progress to boarding houses at their next schools.
During your child’s stay in the boarding house there is ample opportunity to socialise with friends, engage in sporting activities, practise their musical instruments, consolidate schoolwork in a supervised prep, read, get messy and creative, cook and bake, go on day and weekend trips and generally enjoy the homely atmosphere.
The children forge life-long friendships in the Swanbourne Boarding House and they develop invaluable life skills. Day children benefit from attending a boarding school too, as they completely integrate with our full-time, weekly and flexi-boarders. Day children are always welcome to try boarding on a taster night, although be warned – they may well want to stay here much longer!
We very much look forward to welcoming your child to the Boarding House.
Types of Boarding
Our full boarding pupils arrive on the day before each academic term commences. They spend their weekends in school (or away on school trips), save for our twice termly exeat weekends when the school closes at Friday lunchtime. All full boarders participate in the Saturday Enrichment Programme, Saturday afternoon matches or activities and evening events, and a variety of trips on Sundays. They leave school to return to their families during exeats and school holidays.
Weekly boarders arrive in the boarding house on a Sunday evening or Monday morning each week. They enjoy boarding life throughout the week before heading home at the weekend, usually after Saturday matches. If your child intends to board at senior school, we strongly advise they either full or weekly board in the Upper School.
The flexi option is taken when a child boards regularly for one, two or three nights a week. Wherever possible, the chosen nights should remain consistent. All boarders then benefit from the stability of knowing in advance when they and their friends are boarding and who is in which dorm each night. In exceptional cases, we offer the option of ad hoc boarding, at times at short notice to assist our families. The earlier we are notified of these requests the better as spaces can be very limited.