Pastoral & Boarding

At Twyford, we believe that we provide a modern experience of boarding that is tailored to the needs of the children. Boarding is the cornerstone of the ethos of Twyford School.  Our particular philosophy allows for a completely flexible approach for each child: one night a week to participate in the many activities on offer, or just to have a sleep-over with friends; increasing to two or three nights as they get older in order to gauge resilience for boarding when they move on to their senior schools. Some children never board, while others jump straight in as weekly boarders in Year 7 and Year 8. The Boarding House provides a safe, fun, family orientated and comfortable environment for your child to develop holistically.  Boarding at Twyford prepares children for their future senior school in many ways. The majority of our children leave at the end of Year 8 to go to boarding schools. Boarding at Twyford provides your child with the required self-confidence and independence to manage effectively the transition from a prep school boarding house to a senior school boarding house. But for those who will not board in their next school, our structure permits fun and exciting opportunities for children to develop their tenacity and resilience as they are in a crucial stage of early adolescence.

Being part of the boarding community develops in a child confidence, a sense of community and significant independence.  We watch in wonder as our boarders naturally demonstrate skills of empathy, respect for others and a sense of duty.  Each academic member of staff at Twyford carries out an evening duty and supervises a varied programme of activities aimed at stimulating and challenging those who board.

Pupils may board from Year 4. Many parents prefer to use flexi-boarding when their children are younger and by the time they reach the senior part of the school, Years 7 and 8, more board on a weekly basis.  

International pupils are very welcome at Twyford and we have an excellent record of placing boys and girls at English senior schools. Overseas boarders go to local guardians from their last commitment on a Saturday until Monday morning.